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American Iron Garage September/October 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.
garage envy

I like seeing how other folks are outfitting their workshops for pointers on setting up mine Just today, I received cold call e-mails from a Chinese parts company trying to get a foothold in the USA, various magazine and media industry flacks, a tire manufacturer announcing the launch of a new line of motorcycle tires, and several from new motorcycle manufacturers. Some of those get a quick glance; the obvious junk mail is deleted immediately. But one e-mail that I always scroll through is the one from Car Guy Garage. It’s a garage organizer outfitter; who sells shelving, car lifts, floor tiles, and other stuff average car guys might need to equip a proper work space. And while I keep an eye on his sales pitches to bring you readers some…

3 min.
we get lax

…we forget about the little things that someday will either become a danger or hazard for those in the shop… I have covered many safety issues in my articles over the years; I decided to look back at some and then suddenly it hit me how lax I have become on many safety issues. It seems that over time we forget about the little things that someday will either become a danger or hazard for those in the shop or could possibly cause damage to the shop. So let’s review a few of these that I have become lax on. Years ago I wrote an article on how to install a fire and heat alarm system for your shop. This system has a battery backup to keep the sys-tem up and running during…

4 min.
ain’t got no juice!

Often, though, a little more effort will be required A little bit later, I receive a text with the words every rider dreads hearing before swinging a leg over the seat: “My bike won’t start.” Even after 35 years in front of a lift, I’ve yet to come up with a better way to ask the next question: “Can you be more specific? Let’s say you turn on the key, what happens next?” My son delivered the same reply as most people: “It cranks, but it won’t turn over.” Let’s define a few terms here. Clicks usually means there is a clicking sound under the rider when the starter button is pressed, cranks means the motor turns when the starter button is pressed, and turn over means start—but it’s a sea of inference…

6 min.

www.garagebuild.com We’ve chosen two winners from the Dennis Kirk Garage Build website, one mild and one wild. A big congratulations to both Jon Davies for his 1998 Sportster and John Denney for his custom rigid chopper. Hard work pays off, and we’re excited to share in the Dennis Kirk Garage Build community! He’s on a Mission Let’s see what John Denney had to say about his CFL rigid chopper: “I wanted to prove to myself that I could build a cool bike that could be ridden hard and fast. I’m tremendously proud of the hard work I put into fabricating parts and assembling the bike in the fashion that I envisioned. On and off, I worked on it just over a year. Most of the comments I receive are just about how much…

5 min.
the anti-theft system

READER CUSTOM HOME BUILT Steve “Hatch” Hatcher does not want to be robbed. That kind of thinking might be self-evident. After all, who would want his valuables pilfered? But Hatch takes all the precautions to prevent such a catastrophic event occurring, even when it comes to the appearance of his ’74 Shovel. He wants to be the only one tearing off on a sunny Florida road, no thieves need apply. “When my daily rider Moto Guzzi seized, I needed a new ride,” Hatch writes via e-mail. “It needed to be cheap, and it needed to be undesirable to keep the thieves away. And it needed to be a Shovelhead.” Alright, so this homebuilt Shovel probably won’t walk away with any show gold, but don’t let that take away from the work Steve put…

5 min.
half & half

READER CUSTOM HOME BUILT Motorcycle accidents sure do suck. Big time. And that’s putting it mildly. While a definitive statement if ever there was one, the only reason why this 2008 Softail Deluxe came to be in the possession of, Danny Dobosz, is because it was involved in one of these unfortunate occurrences. But before the damaged bike could even get to Danny, it first had to go through his friend Tim Hoyt. “Tim bought it from his best friend who’d wrecked the bike,” explains Danny. “It was a slow speed wreck. A freak accident.” Tim had bought his friend’s Deluxe with plans to convert it into a hot rod. This, however, was downright sacrilegious to Danny. “I saw the vision for the bike, and it was definitely not a hot rod,” Danny remembers.…