Part A

The Sportster QuikTurn 27° Steering Kit© is now done.

quickturn 27 degree steering kit parts 1All the parts are complete and the first 10 sets have been made and are ready to ship--8 are left, two have just been sold. If you are a Sportster dirt track racer this steeper steering kit is an unfair advantage over stock Sportsters. Their rake is 30°, yours will be 27°. Simply, you’ll be able to get around corners faster. This inside the steering head kit is $545. Let me know if you want one.

Part B

xrx hooligan tail may2018 1Hooligan XRX Gen II tail parts to fit later model rounded back 3 gallon Sportster tanks. [883s from 1991 to 2003 and 1200s from 1999 to 2003]. Parts have been sanded down to 2000 grit and pre-mold waxing has begun. Parts are; tail, seat base and support plate. Don’t know when they will be ready to sell but the time has been

xrx tail may 2018 1Work is happening on the Hooligan XRX Gen II tail parts to fit later model rounded-back Sportster tanks. Here you see the pattern parts prior to making molds. Shown are; tail, seat base and support plate. The shaping process is done. The gray stuff is a super gonzo primer that is sanded from 400 w/d to 2000 w/d. Then it’s polished and waxed, then off to the mold maker it goes. I guess that we are talking about 4 more weeks.

Hooligan XRX Gen II Tail

This is the tail for the rounded back Sportster tanks. The shop move has slowed me on finishing these pre-mold parts. They are my shop floor so I have to look at them constantly to I remind myself to get them done. Now that seat base is roughed out you can see how it and the tail act like hands surrounding the back of the tank. The idea is to get a nice flowing joint between the two parts. I’ll report again when I have something that shows progress

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xrx hooligan 27dec2017 1Work on my prototype bike is going very slowly. The bike, for months, has been a mule for the development of my 27° steering kit for dirt track racing. I was able to get the painted wheels on, coated the case covers with float-on carbon fiber and I got white rubber foot pegs. Yes, white because I’m going with an Evel Knevel-like graphics similar to this:

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Sportster QuikTurn 27° Steering Kit ©

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Because the bearing pockets of the QuickTurn 27° kit sit above and below the steering head (above photos) we had issues with the steering stop. We’ve developed a small weld-on piece that does the job. We tried but couldn’t make a bolt-on piece to do the job with sufficient strength. My goal has always been ‘simple’ but not in this case. Flat trackers are used to this kind of fabrication so I’m not introducing the unobtainable.

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You start by positioning the piece below the frame steering stop. Clamp it in position when you’ve established equal clearance on both sides of the tank. Then tack weld. Before you finish welding you may want to grind a little more off the right side if you are a slider and need more counter steering space. Remember in a crash that impacts the front end, the forks flex and smash into your tank so don’t make the space too narrow.

xrx steering kit 25Where are we now timing wise? I’ve just received my first batch of installation guides. These are vital to align the kit in the steering head. Improper alignment could cause horrible things to happen to your body and head at speed. I don’t know when kit will be ready to sell but we’re getting’ close.