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Thread: So it starts: Mod Season - Nightster Edition

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    Cool So it starts: Mod Season - Nightster Edition

    So I winterized the Nightster Tuesday. Put it over in it's corner



    Today is Friday, and so it starts, slow n steady.

    On the docket:

    Springer Seat abt $500 due to needing a ECM relocation kit.
    Tank Rise ($15) Already have riser brackets. HD beer bottle openers
    Gloss black powder the engine guard & highway peg brackets
    Speed holes in the exhaust heat shields
    Ceramic the exhaust pipes, heat shields, and mufflers

    So today I decided to start the mocking for the speed holes. It's a theme carried on by the speed holes in the front fender struts and rear belt guard.



    The chrome stock form


    up close


    So the rear pipe was easy. I used a 24mm socket and tried to keep the spacing even, while minding the hose clamp locations


    I did the front, minding the clamps, that ended up screwing with my spacing. That seemed to be too many holes in comparison to the rear, which I like.


    The clamps were really in the way, but I tried again. This was 7 holes in each heat shield.


    But the 2 holes right at the muffler didn't match up with the rear, even though both heat shields are equal in length, the rear looks longer. So I re-did the bottom section, last 3 holes.


    I think this is the balance I'm looking for. Agree?


    My plans for color is/was/is matte black heat shields against the gray of the motor, matte silver pipe underneath, and matte black mufflers. WAS because with the contrast of chrome mufflers against the blue tape. It makes me think I should go heat shields different color than the mufflers.

    silver pipe/black shields/black mufflers
    silver pipe/black shields/silver mufflers
    black pipe/silver shields/black mufflers

    ?????
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    here's another example (right in my own garage) a poster of a chrome/black setup on a nightster.


    Spoke it over with the wife, who would have tunk; it is her bike after all. She thinks the heat shields HAVE to be black to off set the motor. But then, perhaps carry the silver pipe into a silver muffler. My option #2 above.
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    I think it'll look good with chrome pipes and black shields. I made black heat shields for the Vulcan and it looked nice because it offset the color of the header wrap.

    If you need anything welded up or anything let me know.

    What is the purpose of the tank riser?
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    No chrome. I'm trying to eliminate the chrome. Hence powdering the guard and the highway peg brackets. NO CHROME besides the spokes is ultimate goal.

    The purpose of the tank riser is to expose the backbone a bit and give it more of a peanut bobbed tank look. Problem is I have to move all the wiring from below the backbone to above the backbone.
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    i vote for black shields and mufflers and silver pipe. gunna look sweet!!
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    Which ever way you go it's gunna look 1 off and thats cool. Like the holes in the shields idea.:weld:
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugby66x View Post
    i vote for black shields and mufflers and silver pipe. gunna look sweet!!
    That's the original idea. But the more I look at the tape and the poster the more I think the 2 color outers.

    Thanks DJ... the nightster is my "custom" bike. My ultra just needs to be comfortable and get "there".
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    what i thought looked cool that had some speed holes was this bikes down tubes i remembered thinking it was cool because the frame was red flake and inside the holes was just red thats why i think the silver holes with the rest black will look best because it will flow better instead of being so choppy and the holes will stand out better but yet not too much and will accent the engine nice.
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    Right... definitely black on heat shields so it contrasts the motor. Just not sure about the mufflers...
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    here's an HD accessory done Sporty. They both have the speed holes in the heat shield.




    However, I don't like the smaller holes they used and the fact that they didn't continue on the horizontal section closer to the mufflers. I think larger holes will make it look more custom.
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