Raking and Stretching Frame- Do it yourself or have it done professionally

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Bing

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I have a 2010 Street Glide that I going to cut and stretch the frame. Are you guys doing this mod yourself or having someone cut and weld your frame professionally? I am going with the hhi kit and am a certified tig welder. I live 30 miles from Camtech and 225 miles from hhi so getting it done by one of these guys wouldn't be a big problem. I would like to do it myself though. I feel that I could do it no problem, but just wanted some good feedback. If everyone is ordering the kit and doing themselves, then I am going to go for it. Any advice or issues by doing it yourself would be much appreciated.

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yardsale

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If you can put down a clean weld, that's a huge part of it. Alignment with the HHI is hard to screw up (follow the advice in HHI's youtube video on moving side-to-side as you weld). Cleaning up the frame and repainting was the painful part for me (but I had some ugly welds to cover so I completely smoothed the neck)... aaaaaaaand got some new tools out of the deal.
 

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I'm sure your more than capable of doing it. I think Camtech does it for $2500 ( i think, dont hold me to it ) start to finish painted and all. welding it will take you half and hour, its the rest of the stuff thats gonna take up your time.
 

Chad263

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Do it yourself and save yourself 2 grand if you are a certified tig welder you wont have a problem. I had a welder that works for my familys company do it. I gave him a 100 bucks sure beats 2 grand in my mind
 

vrog

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I found Camtech's old post. This includes parts, labor and piant

We offer a package drive it in drive it out. Includes: taking the front of the bike apart cutting it and welding it in the fixture. Body working the frame, painting it black again reassemble with the trees and neck installed test ridden and out the door all parts and labor for 2800.00.
 

Bill

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If you can do it yourself and enjoy doing that sort of thing I say... Why Not? It really is pretty easy..
 

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Thanks for all the feedback. I think I'm going to go ahead and do it myself.

I am planning on leaving the engine and back tire on. Were you able to secure and level the bike enough of your lift or did you guys build a more sturdy frame stand?
 

Bill

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I did mine sitting on the lift.

I would prefer to have frame table but I don't think it is 100% needed as long as you fit the new neck well.

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yardsale

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I built a quick jig out of 1" pipe and a couple bottle jacks and used a U-bolt to clamp the frame to the jig so things wouldn't move. Then I used a digital angle sensor to keep track of several points before and after the welding process. In the end, the jig probably wasn't necessary but if your floor jack moves, so will your reference measurements.
 

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