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American Iron Garage March/April 2018

American Iron Garage: The ultimate do-it-yourself, tech and homebuilt motorcycle magazine. Looking to learn more about how to maintain and customize your own motorcycle? American Iron Garage is jam packed with great do-it-yourself tech and homebuilt custom motorcycles. Plus, easy to follow step by step how-to installs, maintenance tips, home garage tool reviews and safety features. A must read for the weekend wrench.

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3 min.
just say ‘no’ to hack

Of course, the headline of this column is a play on those immortal words “Just Say ‘No’ To Crack.” I’m going to comment on hacked repairs and mods I’ve seen on some bikes, which can sometimes be just as hazardous to your health as hitting the pipe. There’s no shame in not knowing how to repair something. Heck, that’s what this magazine and shop manuals are for. We revel in sharing information that helps new `riders learn how to work on their bikes. It was truly amazing he survived the ride Whether it be a quick bolt-on or performing a maintenance procedure, we try to give straight information in an easy-to-read format, as sometimes the factory shop manual can be a bit too technical. You might also notice that we enlist the help of…

3 min.
safely using power tools

I have taught many welding and fabrication classes here in my shop over the years. There has been an array of people from many places and occupations: machinists, accountants, cooks, engineers, doctors, lawyers. The age of these students has ranged from as young as 18 to as “old” as 79 and include both women and men. This diversity brings with it many bad habits, many of which include unsafe use of power tools. Power tool safety could be several pages in length just to cover the basics. So, for this article at least, I am going to concentrate on your hands and arms. Don’t be the guy that goes viral The first thing is rings. I know you don’t want to take them off, but they are a hazard for many reasons. If…

3 min.
thrills…and plenty of spills

@MilwaukeeBenny Building a bike means a couple of things. First off, you’re constantly broke. Secondly, you’re constantly searching. Lastly, you often can’t sleep because your mind is racing with ideas and what-ifs. You spend your free time searching every corner of craigslist for parts, digging in your couch for quarters, and consistently quizzing your friends: “Hey, do you think this would look good?” I’ve sent this text so many times I’m beginning to think they might block my number. To the regular biker, I’m sure I come off as fanatical, obsessed, and even a little bit crazy, but to me, it’s just who I am. … it may sound a bit odd to love being broke, stressed out, and tired, but… The thrill of the hunt is something that I love the most…

5 min.
letters

Garage@AmericanIronMagazine.com Filling The Empty Space Here is my 1968 FLH-FB Pan/Shovel Electra Glide. As a young man I purchased a 1968 FLH basket case, built it up, and rode it. In 1992, 18 years and 74,000 miles later (during a mid-life crisis), I sold it. As the new owner rode off, a pit opened up in my stomach and my heart sank into it. Fast-forward to November 27, 2010, when I purchased this machine (coincidentally on the 43rd anniversary of its H-D build date: November 27, 1967). It was in bad shape and had to be brought home in a trailer. The previous owner had been caught up in the bobber fad. It barely ran, was too low to turn or have an exhaust system (front and rear suspension were nonfunctional), the…

2 min.
bolt-on upgrades we love

We all love to personalize or upgrade our rides, no matter if it’s new or used. There is a never-ending list of great accessories for each model and year. So, we have partnered up with our friends at Dennis Kirk to share some of their favorite bolt-on parts, as well as some of ours. Here, we focus on the terrific Sportster line, specifically a 2010 Harley Sportster Forty-Eight, a great bike that you can now buy used at a reasonable price. For your convenience, we have included the Dennis Kirk part number and price. Arlen Ness Black Big Sucker $211.45 - #189002 One-piece aluminum backing plate features patented hidden breather technology, O-ringed at the heads and exits at the mouth of injector for efficiency. Kits are available with synthetic black filter elements, and…

5 min.
the wright stuff

Anybody who’s been to a New York Giants football game has unknowingly seen Mike Wright’s work. It sits center stage every time a kicker boots the ball through the uprights. Wright’s the one who helps piece the goalposts together thanks to his job as a welder at Sportsfield Special-ties, a skill set that naturally came in handy when building his own hardtail Sportster. The project kicked into gear when Wright scored a 1984 Harley Ironhead Roadster from a guy he worked with. “I was trying to save up for a Shovelhead that another friend of mine had, and this guy I worked with had a Sportster and wanted two grand for it. It ran well and everything, so I couldn’t pass it up. It was just too good of a buy,” Wright says. Wanting…