Slim mods

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david2960
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Slim mods

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I have a '17 Slim that I would like to customize but running into roadblocks at every turn. Seems that with every repro or NOS piece I come across the description says "doesn't fit" my bike and I'd hate to spend the money only to learn that while my bike and an older Hydra Glide look similar, the part really doesn't fit. I think I can get a fender from HD to fit the front easy enough and probably the rear as well. I would like to get hard bubble top bags to put on it. Is it possible at all to make the mounting brackets to fit on a Slim? I am trying to get the look of a vintage machine and the fenders and bags would certainly help that. Thanks
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Re: Slim mods

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You should introduce yourself and sign in. But that said, I have a couple considerations, first: You probably won’t find any bolt on old looking stuff for that slim. Next, you will likely lose the resale value of your bike and will lose some riding time while you work out things for “Engineering revision B,C or more. Third, do you have fabrication skills and a place to work on it? Trying to pay someone, who can fabricate “anything” will be pricey or it won’t be done well. Talented people’s labor is expensive.

If you can afford it, buying another bike to ride, while under construction, or to work on, can ease the pressure to get it done. Even approach a friend with multiple bikes, maybe, to use one of his on occasion as “His help” on the project. I think V-twin makes repop bubble bags and mounts. Also, take a look at: Oldys Custom Composites, they have fenders and well made stuff I know I have a rear fender that has lasted over ten years and is still on the bike, an 1987 full dresser that I stripped down, lowered and redid for my wife. Not a usual candidate for customization, like your Slim.

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Re: Slim mods

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Post by panheadrider1961 »

You could do springer front end and old style fender from the old boy or buy new with bars and no paint around 4 k ,rear flip fender and old emblems on tanks with new paint on tins around 4 k ,paint bubble bags and to buy another 2 k add bits and pcs here and their another 2-3 k
So around 15-18k should get you their
Used slim is selling for 12-15k ………?
You,ll for the most part have to stay with new parts unless you as Andy said pay big money for specialized fab work
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