Do It Yourself Springer Fork

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by spad4me, May 9, 2009.

  1. spad4me

    spad4me Member

    I dont know if any one has posted this.
    I just purchased a OCC chopper The wall mart model with no front brake, instead it has pegs. LOL for $25.00.
    I finally destroyed the steel frame on my motorized bike.
    I am going to attempt this mod this when I convert my Happy time to a chopper style motorized bike.

    I did not like the rigid fork.

  2. echotraveler

    echotraveler Member

    looks super nice!
  3. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    If u do this project how much suspension travel would u be expecting?
    Hope your going to have some sort of front brake.
  4. spad4me

    spad4me Member

    I will take what ever travel I can get.
    I have a disc brake off a junk mini bike that I converted to a friction drive bike.
    Just needs a hub mount .
  5. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    fair question asked -- don't look like much

    fair question asked -- don't look like much

    I am probably wrong -- but -- looks almost like next to nothing 2 or 3 inches at most ??

    ride that THING
  6. biken stins

    biken stins Member

    Good post .
  7. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    I have seen one in looked much more stout than my repop beehive springer
    I have had the plans for a few years, but never had the tools(drill-press, grinders...etc)to build one
    thank you for reminding me I had them !!!
    azvinnie does some IT work for a local off-road fabrication place, and gets to use their equipment :)
    I gave him the plans today LOL
  8. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    Very noble of u Bill,& if he's lucky you'll accept one. :grin5:
  9. Junster

    Junster Member

    FYI please consider this. I use to ride one of those early 70's choppers (motorcycle). It had a springer with the same design. There is an effect called pogo. On a pedaled bike it wouldn't happen cause the bike doesn't go fast enough, but on a motored bike it could. You go into a corner as you lean over the weight carried by the fork increases. It compresses the springs in the fork. Then because there is no dampening the fork "springs" back up and the front tire "pogo's" or jumps a few inches to the outside of the turn. The wheel grabs, the springs compress, it pogos again only worse. Over and over till the turn straitens out or you aren't on the road anymore. I almost ate a guardrail because of this. If you look at any newer motorcycle springer frontends they have a shock built in to stop that action. Just make sure to really slow before hitting a sharp corner.
  10. Masor

    Masor Member

    I built my own springer front end from scratch without knowing about this. Check it out on my pictures.