Shovelhead or Evo?

by Doug I.
(Rome, NY)

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Partial Chopper Build

Shovelhead or Evo - Probably Shovelhead.

I picked up an '83 FXR basket at a swap meet and sold off everything but the motor because I wanted this to be a rigid. Nice thing is this Shovel has paperwork. Engine is being rebuilt as I type.

I picked up a bare bones roller at another swap meet and this makes a good foundation for the build. Ultima frames are very nice indeed and a 200 series tire fits perfectly.

I couldn't use the tranny from the basket because it was rubber mount but I found a good deal on a '96 Softail 5 speed that fits the bill perfectly.
Then I found a '93 Evo motor with a Baker 6 speed for a great price on Craigslist and then I had to decide which motor to use.

I am leaning toward the Shovel as it is classic and has paperwork. I will put the Evo into my next build which I want to be cheaper and more like a rat.

All black with minimal chrome is my MO. Sprung solo seat will be added and yes a front fender as I ride in all weather and conditions as needed.

So far so good but the costs are adding up and I still need an open belt primary, forward controls, hand controls. I did find the perfect oil tank on eBay for under a benny - very happy with that.

My first Harley build and yes I am in over my head - but I ask a lot of questions, read a lot and learn as I go the best I can. Thanks to Al at Al's Cycle here in Rome!

Thanks for reading . . .

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Jun 11, 2012
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Keep title with modern motor
by: Anonymous

THe problem with the Shovel, no matter what you do you will always have problems with it . Leaks, carburation, rougher running, oiling , etc. With the modern EVO easier to use, fix , buy parts for, more choices for parts (trannies, primaries, ETC), smoother running, ETC. Plus easier to sell as an EVO, more$$$$.
To do this just change out necks on the frame, the 83 has Vin #'s on the neck and you can title the new frame. Done this many times.

Jun 04, 2011
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Coming Along Nicely!
by: Bobby C.

This is a good looking ride you're building. I'm not one for running a front fender, personally, but every time I get caught in the rain I kinda wish I had one! So, I can definitely see your point there. I think using the Shovel for it is the right choice too. As for the parts you still gotta round up...I noticed you mentioned hand controls. I too was recently searching for some nice (affordable) controls for a build I'm on right now. You might consider what I found at Custom Chrome in their online catalog. They have 2 full kits listed to choose from, all chrome or chrome with black buttons, levers, switch housings with wiring, front brake master cylinder...the whole deal, for just $130! Check it out, might work for you. I plan to get a set soon myself. The Ultima frame and 200 rear tire is an excellent choice as well. You're doing great so far. Good luck!

May 06, 2011
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Wish I was you
by: Anonymous

Man I wish I was you! I would love to build/re-build an old FXR! I would actually go with the Shovel with the 6-speed! That's a combo I'm looking at trying when I have the money! Good Luck!!

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