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Smile GoSooners 2003 VTX retro (Illusion Blue) maint & upgrades

02/20/2008: Purchased bike with Mileage at 4,605. Came with Hard Krome 3" straights; Kury Pro Hyper Charger; Power Commander III USB; Hondaline Deluxe backrest; Hondaline saddlebags.

March/April 2008 upgrades: Kury ISO grips; Tank bib; New Dunlap Tires; Hondaline Deluxe Luggage rack; Kury clock; Chrome radiator cover; Kury Chrome rear Master Cylinder cover; Kury Chrome highway peg mounts (floorboard connection) and ISO footpegs; ShowChrome Highway (engine guard) Bars for VTX1800, Kuryakyn Handlebar Control Covers

May 2008: Mileage 5,100, Changed oil (Amsoil), oil filter (Bosch 3300), & spark plugs (NGK IFR5L11); mounted new tires front & back; Fixed VTX grounds; installed new fuel pressure regulator; new Cam sensor; new hyper charger filter.

June 2008: Installed KEW-135 - Upper Triple Tree Cover Plate; BIG-1321 - Big Bike Parts Chrome Billet Front Axle Cap & axle plug; KEW-418 - Kewl Metal Front Wheel Rotor Chrome Dress Up Hubs; KUR-8260 - Kuryakyn Frame Trim; Aeromach 4" Chrome Risers.

July 2008: Installed Honda Chrome Front Fender Tip; Installed H-D Chrome fuel breather for breather hose; replaced stock horn with Solid billet Chrome Horn.

Sept 2008: Installed KY-4001 Kuryakyn Driving Light Bar with L.E.D. Turn Signals; KY-2328 Kuryakyn Universal Wiring and Relay Kit; KY-4002 Kuryakyn Front Mounting Brackets & front L.E.D Arrow-shaped Amber turn signals.

Oct 2008: Replace all brake pads.

Nov 2008: Converted the stock rear turn signals with L.E.D. run/brake/turn lights.

Winter Mods: 2008-2009 (Dec-Feb)

1. Hard Saddlebags: Purchased set of H-D Softail Fatboy Hard Saddlebags; Hard bags painted Illusion Blue; Purchased set of Edge brackets and modiified to fit the H-D saddlebags.

2. Chrome parts: Installed KY-1546 Kuryakyn Chrome Motor Mount Accents; KY-1431 Kuryakyn Turn Signal Mirrors with Flat Glass; KY-8285 Kuryakyn Driveshaft Cover; KY-8688 Kuryakyn Drive Hub Top Cover; KY-8287 Kuryakyn Swingarm Cover; Rear Ostrich Style Tuxedo Tie; Rear Hondaline Chrome Solo rack ; KY-7963 Kuryakyn Dually ISO Pegs; KY-8802 Kuryakyn Footpeg Adapters; Kewl-101 Chrome Triple Trees; Kewl-172 Memphis Shade Mount kit; Kewl-159 & Kewl-160 Chrome Fat Fork Tubes; Kewl-165 Chrome Brake Manifold cover; KY-8684 Kuryakyn Chrome Lower Fork Skins.

3. Ultimate X Seats: Apr 2009: Replaced stock seats with Ultimate X lowboy & passenger seat; Replaced stock oil dip stick with Chrome Oil Dip Stick with Temperature Guage.

4. Desmogged. May 2009.
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Future upgrades

March 2011:
1. Oil change (Amsoil); Bosch 3300 Filter.
2. New battery installed.
3. Installed NEW tinted Hoppe windshield.
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2010 Pictures

Winter Mods: 2009-2010 (Dec-Feb)

1. Custom Paint:
All new paint work done.

2. Fuel Tank: Replaced my '03 tank (and internal fuel pump) with an '05 seemless fuel tank. Had to add an external fuel pump & fuel lines to support the '05 tank.

3. Meter Assembly: Removed the stock meter assembly from the tank and fabricated the meter area flush and installed a pop-up gas cap.

Installed the Dakota Digital MCV-7000 for instrumentation. Milage on removed odometer was 6,165 miles at conversion time.

4. Fairing/Radio: Purchased a used fairing shell on eBay, new Chrome package (speakers/windshield & trim) from Hoppe, and radio from Best Buy. Manufactured panel light trim piece and installed 3 panel lights to support the FI/Low-fuel/TEMP indicators. Installed all fairing components and wiring.

5. Wheels/tires: Replaced the stock cast wheels with Chrome RC wheels.
Darksided Rear wheel/tire with Toyo 215/45/18. Front tire ME880 150/80/17. PSI Front(40)--Rear(35)

6. Brake/Clutch lines & Throttle Cables: Replaced all stock brake and clutch lines with Spiegler's. Replaced stock throttle cables with Magnum Sterling Chromite's.

7. Handlebar Wires: Rewired all handlebar control wires internal through the handlebars. I don't think this mod was worth the time/effort. Just my opinion.

8. Exhaust: Replaced the HK 3" Big Straights with HK 2 into 1 Sideburners.

9. Air Intake: Replaced the Kury Hypercharger with the S&S Teardrop air intake.

10. Final Drive: Replaced the stock 1800 FD with a 1300 FD.

11. Shocks: Replaced the stock shocks with Progressive 430's.

12. Radiator Cowl: Replaced the grill cover with a used Bestem radiator cowl (spoiler) I purchased cheap from eBay.

13. Engine Highway Bars: Replaced old guards with National Cycle Paladin bars.

14. Rear Fender/Tail Light: Replaced the stock rear tail light assembly with a custom-made (1 of a kind) LED flush-mounted assembly ('39 Ford teardrop with Blue dot). The fender fabrication work was done to facilitate the flush mounted LED tail-light.

15. Rear Turn Signals: Converted the stock turn signals with LED run/brake/turn signal lights.

16. 2-Postition Switch: Added a 2-position switch to control power to the Radio (switch-1) and the Light bar (switch-2). The switches go through separate relay's installed.

17. Rearview Mirrors: Replaced stock mirrors with Kury Turn Signal Mirrors.

18. Risers: Replaced the 4" Aeromach's with 6" Paul Yaffe Barrel Pullbacks.

19. Floorboard Covers: Added chrome Kury flamed floorboard covers.

20. Throttle Lock: Added chrome break-away throttle lock.





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July 2010: via Paul @ GatewayXtreme.

July 2010: via Paul @ GatewayXtreme.

1. Final Drive:
Replaced my 1300 FD with new Chrome 1300 Final drive/Dust ring/Filler cap/Drain bolt. New FD fluid added.

2. Swing Arm: Replaced stock swing arm with Chrome swing arm & Drive shaft Bolt cover.

3. Kick Stand & bracket: Replaced stock stand/bracket with Chrome Kick stand & bracket.

4. Brake calipers: Replaced front & rear stock brake calipers with Chrome brake calipers. Brake fluid changed.

5. Radiator Fluid: Changed.

6. Fuel Filter: Changed.

7. Rear Brake Caliper Mount: Replaced stock brake mount with Chrome mount & rear brake line brackets.

8. Rear Foot Peg Mounts: Replaced stock rear mounts with Chrome rear mounts.

9. Rear Axle & Nut: Replaced stock rear axle & nut with Chrome axle & nut.
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Winter Mods: 2012

Winter Mods: 2012

1. Custom Paint:
All new paint work done.

2. Front Forks:
(1) added new Progressive springs and replaced seals/oil and (2) added new lower fork ends from Kewl-Metal.

3. Rear Fender:
Removed the tail light & fabricated the tail light area flush.

4. Saddlebags:
Installed new QQ bags. Fabricated work on bags: removed QQ logo, shortened the LED area, installed Radiantz LEDs, replaced locks with Tubular Cam Locks.
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. Saddlebag LEDs: Wired the saddlebag LEDs to operate as Run/Brake/Turn.
6. Light Bar:
Replaced old light bar with a new National Cycle light bar.

7. License Plate:
Added new license plate mount with LED brake/run lights.

8. Exhaust:
Added new BUB Jug Huggers.

9. Chrome Engine Covers:
Added new Kury chrome engine covers.

10. Brakes/Oil:
Bled brake system and replaced oil (Amsoil) & filter.

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Kewl metal

That bike is amazing. Where did you find the Kewl Metal lowers that you have?

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That bike is amazing. Where did you find the Kewl Metal lowers that you have?
Got 'em 3 years ago on ebay..brand new in box for 40% of retail.

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Wow! Excellent Build Progress from the first until this last one! Very nicely done

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2014 Maintenance

Mods: 2014

1. Battery:
Installed new battery (6/15/2014).

2. Brakes/Oil: Bled brake system and replaced oil (Amsoil) & filter.

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