How to rake your 09 and up bagger frame and make it look factory - by Pickard USA

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Here is a tutorial on how we rake 09 and newer baggers at Pickard USA. Yes there are neck rake kits out there, but we feel that this is the cleanest way to properly rake a bagger. This method allows us to set our own neck height, stretch and rake so that we get the desired STANCE and trail for both form and function. This is not the only way, but we feel it's the cleanest method we have come up with...

cut your neck about 3/4" behind the fork lock plate
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next we slide in our neck sleeve and set the desired rake. We make this sleeve out of 10ga steel plate and it fits perfectly inside the factory frame. Notice we drill holes in the frame for plug welds later
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depending on how far you want your neck stretched, you can mock up your stock neck to the neck sleeve and take some measurements. We do not like the stretched out chopper/pro-street looking baggers, so we keep it as tight as possible. You will definitely need to check the clearance between the tank and your ignition switch and fairing.
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once we set our desired stretch, we cut the neck sleeve and slide the stock neck back on. Re check your measurements and tack all pieces together
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once all the parts are set and tacked, weld the sleeve to the stock frame and neck (again, notice the plug welds on the frame and neck)
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because of the way the 09 frames are manufactured, the bottom portion of the neck requires a bit more work. Trace patterns to box in the bottom portions and cut them out of 10ga steel.
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now it's time to wrap up the job. Trace patterns of the filler sections and cut them out of 10ga steel. This gauge will mount flush with the sides of the factory frame and neck and save you a lot of bodywork. Tack the new pieces and weld them in
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once you finish welding, grind down the welds. If you are anal like us and want the neck perfect, now is the time to do your metal finishing. This will reduce the amount of bondo and bodywork required before painting
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here you go, a raked 09 style frame that looks factory. Let us know if you have any questions. You can send your bike in and we can rake your frame for you if you don't have the capabilities of doing it yourself. Hope yall learned something from this tutorial
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Very Nice!! So on this particular one was it for a 26"? Can(Will) you share the amount of stretch and degree of rake you used?

Traceman, this was set up for a 26. You can follow the build under the american builds thread under 2012 Road Glide build (epoc design). As far as the configuration, I don't mind sharing the specs. We aren't the type to hide what we do, especially on forums like this. That's what we're here for... For the neck, we raked it out to 35 deg and the stretch was 1.5". We prefer a stance that has good proportion in relation to the front wheel and the rest of the bike. Most kits stretch them over 2" and gives you that "chopper" look with the wheel way out front. To us it looks odd and doesn't really flow well, just our 2 cents. This is why we do it this way so that we can lay out the stance to our liking. The 1.5" is about as tight as you can keep it without the ignition switch hitting the front of the tank
 

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This may be a very simple question, and by simple I mean stupid. But can you tell me a little about what welder you guys use, MIG, TIG, Brand and all that good stuff as well as the reasoning behind what you have chosen to go with?
 

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This may be a very simple question, and by simple I mean stupid. But can you tell me a little about what welder you guys use, MIG, TIG, Brand and all that good stuff as well as the reasoning behind what you have chosen to go with?


we use a Miller welder. We tig just about everything we fabricate at the shop. The tig is a much cleaner process and you can control the heat much better than a mig. For sheetmetal fab, frames, and such, tig welding offers much more precision and control
 

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How much would you charge for a frame jig?

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that jig took quite some time to make... don't think we want to go through that again... There are a few jigs on the market that you could probably modify for the FL style frames. The main thing is keeping the neck square with the existing frame
 

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