A Harley Sportster gets Chopped: Custom Solo Seat Hinge

Last week we documented some modifications that Brandon was doing to his 1989 Harley Sportster.  This week continues with some really cool upgrades, which all move toward lessening the stock bulk, and getting it closer to Brandon’s vision for this bike.  I’ll let him take it from here…

I decided to make my own pivot seat bracket instead of purchasing one. I started with a rear passenger peg taken off the bike that was a solid chunk of steel, pre-drilled so it was a great place to start.  I cut the top prongs off and ended up with this. The flat stock underneath is going to be used for the bracket.

These parts will be the solo seat hinge for the Harley Sportster...

These parts will be the solo seat hinge for the Harley Sportster…

I cut some slots in the flat stock to allow for adjust-ability.

Flat stock slotted...

Flat stock slotted…

Here’s where I am going to put the steel piece.

Passenger peg now being used as the hinge...

Passenger peg now being used as the hinge…

 

Final resting place on the Harley Sportster...

Final resting place on the Harley Sportster…

I cut the stock seat tab off and would clean this up later.

The mods that Brandon is doing on this Harley Sportster are a perfect example of how bikes can make you push the limits of your skills and knowledge base.  Having never really welded before, these projects have been the perfect motivation to get some lessons (from our in-house welder, Jarred), practice a bit, and then get down to it.

These are the type of projects you can plan for your own bike, if you opt to put a little of your own time into customizing your ride, instead of buying off-the-shelf bling.  Trust us, the rewarding feeling of doing some wrenching yourself is unmatched.

To be continued….

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