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Occasionally, I get asked about how you would hardtail a certain bike. Below is an article written by Lee Bruns, AKA "Lunatic" which explains how you would do it. It is so similar to how I do it, it was easier to ask him if I could steal his description rather than write it myself.

How to Hardtail any swingarm motorcycle
by Lunatic

OK, a LOT of people ask me how I do this, so lemme start stepping folks through this. Start by putting the bike on the work table, and using the magnetic angle finder, strap it down level where you want it.
(this of course s done AFTER you hack off all the excess stuff, leaving behind the swingarm).
How to Hardtail any motorcycle
How to Hardtail any motorcycle

Then you stretch the swingarm by hacking the axle plates off, leaving some tubing attached for the inner slugs to hold onto. THEN, you put an angle finder on the sprocket to make sure the wheel is straight up and down, just like the frame. then you use a caliper to see that the same amount of material is being added to each side.
How to Hardtail any motorcycle

Now you're ready to add the upper and lower rails.
How to Hardtail any motorcycle

Once you get the upper and lower rails in, and the side to side braces added, then you can hack the swingarm out of there, clean up the excess tabs and mounts where the swingarm used to mount, and you're ready to go. CHOP ON!!!

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