Saturday, November 12, 2011

The original CL 19" tire vs. the XL 21" tire.

Here are both tires next to each other.  The CL original tire is in forks obviously.  I think the knobbies will add a bit of personality as well.  I wanted to incorporate a dirt bike feel to the build as well.  Along with the knobby tire, the new fuel tank should give it that look.

I will have to figure out a new axle however, the XL axle is much thinner.

Back to work!

It has been a while since I have done anything with "The Side Hill Gouger" build.  I have continued to accumulate some new parts however.

I found some wheels, tires and a fuel tank off of an old Honda XL on Craigslist.  I got the whole package for $50 from a very cool lady who rebuilds old Honda mini bikes.

I love the look of the tank, this is exactly what I have been looking for.  The only down side is that it has a nice dent on the opposite side and does not fit the backbone on the CL frame.  Pretty rusty on the inside as well.

The front tire I am really excited about.  It is a 21" tire, the original CL front was a 19". I like the look of the tall skinny tire.  I plan to lower the front forks to accentuate the height of the tire and to keep the frame level.