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Thread: My sponsored 78 shovelhead build thread

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    Default My sponsored 78 shovelhead build thread

    So I won a motorcycle build contest that gives me tons of free parts and services.

    It's called The Greasy Dozen.


    So I went out and scooped up this 78 Shovel from western Ohio last night. Runs and drives. Guy was selling all of his bikes before the weekend before some divorce shit happened. This was his personal bike. I actually felt bad when I was loading it all up because he looked pretty sad about it.

    Has a clean title. Got it for 4200 which is about 2 grand less than other shovels in worse condition with salvage/special-built titles.

    Included a bunch of extras including a second set of OEM tins, new unpainted aftermarket tanks and fender, windshield, and THESE saddle bags that I'd never use but are brand new.

    So here's what I'm starting with:


    He also threw in this CB 550 which needs a few minor things (most of which I already have) for free!




    My plans for the shovel are:

    Rigid frame
    Microsquirt EFI
    Turbo
    De-rake
    Sportbike/dirbike forks
    big (not wide) tires
    high mid controls

    idk what else... I plan to be fabbing a lot of stuff. The CB i will probably get it fixed and running and then sell it for an easy $1000+
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    god dammit. what a smokin deal. nothing cool like that ever happens to me lol.

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    can't wait.

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    sell the bike to me as is. lol

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    Will the stock motor be able to handle boost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay_g View Post
    Will the stock motor be able to handle boost?

    Honestly just going to run like 3 psi lol. More about the cool factor and being a ricer than anything.
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    turbo and megasquirt

    can't wait to see this build

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    Quote Originally Posted by LZ View Post
    turbo and megasquirt

    can't wait to see this build

    It's so hard to do anything that's unique in the motorcycle world that isn't just supremely gay (remember the gas tank backpack from the other thread?)... figure this will be a good mix of stuff I know and stuff I don't
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    sounds like a fun project. if you need a hand or moral support hit me up. i pass your street on a regular basis lately.

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    Congrats on the sponsorship. Is it like a independent biker build off?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fontaine23 View Post
    Congrats on the sponsorship. Is it like a independent biker build off?


    Thank you. Pretty much exactly that.
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    Thumbs up

    Sounds cool best of luck with build can't wait to see the finished result
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    Sell me the cb as is

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    Subscribed.... can this thread be made visible by non-members?

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    I'm interested to see how this bike turns out. Did you find some baby turbo already? What do these old bikes redline at? I'd really love to see some custom forged pistons tossed in there and 10psi haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willybeen View Post
    Subscribed.... can this thread be made visible by non-members?
    it already is

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    Awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultradriver10000 View Post
    I'm interested to see how this bike turns out. Did you find some baby turbo already? What do these old bikes redline at? I'd really love to see some custom forged pistons tossed in there and 10psi haha.
    twin turbo with gt06? haha. We are using one on the formula car this year and it's a 450cc motor. gt12 is a bit bigger...

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    An aerocharger would make this much much easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnut View Post
    An aerocharger would make this much much easier.
    That's what he's looking at.

    Got everything cleaned up tonight and in place ready to wrench on. CB looks to be in good condition and I already have dibs on it fellas
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    How many other people are you up against? When is the deadline? It would be cool to sell the bike back to the guy after his divorce crap is done with, unless he hates it, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GV1390 View Post
    That's what he's looking at.

    Got everything cleaned up tonight and in place ready to wrench on. CB looks to be in good condition and I already have dibs on it fellas
    Thanks for the update on his project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnut View Post
    An aerocharger would make this much much easier.
    Just looked into these, news to me. very cool parts.

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    They used to be manufactured in Batavia where the companies HQ was. The company was sold and moved out west. They are expensive new capatilizing on the turbo charging trend however you can find these used very cheap on ebay.
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