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floridasteel
Journeyman Modder

Ft Myers
Fl
USA

146 Posts

Posted - 06/15/2009 :  21:39:58  Show Profile
A few weeks ago I pickedup a Fat Back Chopper for my son. The previous owner had let it sit in storage for awhile and couldn't get the battery to hold a charge. So imagine my delight when I got it home, slapped in a new battery and it fired right up.

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The boy was in heaven. Not new by any stretch of the imagination but other than some normal wear and tear including peeling flame stickers and some scuffs here and there it was fine as is.

But I couldn't leave it be...The first plan was to give it a headlight. I finally decided on Oznium's 4 led pre-wired setup and decided to go with three of them in the headlight.

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The challenge was getting juice to the lights and where to locate the on/off switch. I finally decided on running the wires thru the metal frame tubes, a task that proved to be much more difficult than I had anticipated. I had planned to put a push button switch in the running board like a high/low beam switch in a truck, but couldn't find a 12v push button switch that wasn't just a momentary switch. So I opted for a pre lit rocker switch.

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The result...a very bright headlight


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Easily seen in contrast to this trucks brake lights.

Up next is installing a tail light. Maybe adding some accent lighting and new flame stickers. Not much else to do to these choppers as they were pretty awesome right off the shelf.

VW Dune
Fat Back Chopper
Custom Fire Rescue Jeep

Upcomming Projects:
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Edited by - gseric69 on 07/13/2009 05:58:30

floridasteel
Journeyman Modder

Ft Myers
Fl
USA

146 Posts

Posted - 07/11/2009 :  09:32:43  Show Profile
Well I finally got around to working on the rear tail light. To be honest I was very nervous about it because I knew that once I made the first cut on the fender there was no turning back.

I used a dremmel to cut out the red lens from a trailer lens and cut the fender with a utility knife.


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I painted the underside panel black to keep light from comming thru the plastic and used an expoxy to attach the lense.


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I used a christmas light gutter clip attached with crazy glue to hold the red LED


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It turned out better than I hoped. Can't wait to see it at nite.

VW Dune
Fat Back Chopper
Custom Fire Rescue Jeep

Upcomming Projects:
Polaris 700 Twin




Edited by - floridasteel on 07/12/2009 20:23:54
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floridasteel
Journeyman Modder

Ft Myers
Fl
USA

146 Posts

Posted - 07/12/2009 :  20:19:46  Show Profile
Here are a pair of photos to show the glow from just one Oznium 4 chip red LED.


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this pic is a little blurry but you can see how well the back end lights up.


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The orange light is the rocker switch that turns the lights off and on. I think I will have to add some orange LED's under the tank to show off the "chrome"

VW Dune
Fat Back Chopper
Custom Fire Rescue Jeep

Upcomming Projects:
Polaris 700 Twin



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witz07
Journeyman Modder

Port St Lucie
FL
USA



179 Posts

Posted - 07/13/2009 :  10:30:39  Show Profile
Nice job, that will be a show bike when you get the rest of the lights installed.



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njdan
New Member


NJ
USA

4 Posts

Posted - 09/01/2009 :  13:01:36  Show Profile
Does anyone know where I can get a battery and charger for the fatback chopper? ANy help woul dbe great.

Dan
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cjlucas78
Journeyman Modder

Cypress
Texas
USA



143 Posts

Posted - 09/03/2009 :  07:21:56  Show Profile  Click to see cjlucas78's MSN Messenger address
I need to find one of these for my son, he is really into motorcycles right now

What is the fun in keeping items factory?

My Son's Raptor Project
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klafon
Journeyman Modder

Shelby
OHIO
USA



102 Posts

Posted - 09/03/2009 :  07:36:49  Show Profile
That thing looks great, kinda jealous. LOL

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Mama
Senior Modder

Kansas City
Missouri
USA



2380 Posts

Posted - 09/04/2009 :  13:18:33  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by njdan

Does anyone know where I can get a battery and charger for the fatback chopper? ANy help woul dbe great.

Dan



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biker boys momma
New Member

houston
tx
USA

1 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2009 :  08:48:55  Show Profile
got one of these babies for my little guy a few days ago on craigslist. paid a great price for it and the guy i bought it from already modified it to run on a riding mower battery so now i can start tweaking the cosmetics of it (lights, decals that sort of stuff). i do have one question though....does anyone know what i can use on it to bring back that original "shine"? the orange isn't faded just a little dulled. i would appreciate any suggestions.
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cjlucas78
Journeyman Modder

Cypress
Texas
USA



143 Posts

Posted - 10/05/2009 :  06:48:53  Show Profile  Click to see cjlucas78's MSN Messenger address
quote:
Originally posted by biker boys momma

got one of these babies for my little guy a few days ago on craigslist. paid a great price for it and the guy i bought it from already modified it to run on a riding mower battery so now i can start tweaking the cosmetics of it (lights, decals that sort of stuff). i do have one question though....does anyone know what i can use on it to bring back that original "shine"? the orange isn't faded just a little dulled. i would appreciate any suggestions.



Suggestion: replace the mower battery (with acid) to a non acid battery.

What is the fun in keeping items factory?

My Son's Raptor Project
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gseric69
Moderator

Red Lion
PA
USA



6315 Posts

Posted - 10/05/2009 :  07:57:02  Show Profile  Visit gseric69's Homepage
quote:
Originally posted by cjlucas78



Suggestion: replace the mower battery (with acid) to a non acid battery.



All batteries have acid
What she should use is a Sealed Lead Acid battery (SLA), rather than a wet battery like the lawnmower.

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floridasteel
Journeyman Modder

Ft Myers
Fl
USA

146 Posts

Posted - 10/05/2009 :  08:09:18  Show Profile
Bikermomma - I recall a post where someone used a 3M polish to restore some shine. I tried some turtle wax polishing compound that I already had on a PW jeep hood and didn't see much improvement, but maybe the 3M would work better.

VW Dune
Fat Back Chopper
Custom Fire Rescue Jeep

Upcomming Projects:
Polaris 700 Twin



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dpurlee
Journeyman Modder

Indiana near Louisville, KY




167 Posts

Posted - 10/05/2009 :  08:18:36  Show Profile
if your pulling the stickers off anyway, ive found fine steel wool actualy retores some shine, not new but definitely better. combines with pollishing compund it would work even better, i bet.

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VegasDan
New Member

Las Vegas
NV



12 Posts

Posted - 10/06/2009 :  01:36:24  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by dpurlee

if your pulling the stickers off anyway, ive found fine steel wool actualy retores some shine, not new but definitely better. combines with pollishing compund it would work even better, i bet.



I just went straight to a buffing compound. skipped the steel wool.

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