After a year and half of owning this bike and just plodding along fixing all the things that have been breaking, I've finally had the chance to spend two days in a mate's workshop doing some major fab work on the bike to change the look of it to something more my taste.
I've never liked the back end on this bike, with ugly softail style struts doing a poor job of supporting a fatbob rear fender, and an ugly seat sitting way too high. I'd always planned to use a tyre hugging British style rear fender, but one of my mates suggested just remounting the existing fender rolled forward. I didn't like the idea at first but it grew on me, and in the end I really liked this idea and figured if we could get the spacing of the fender exactly right from the rim so all the curves lined up it could look good, and be different to everyone else as seeing Fatbob fenders on rigids is pretty rare these days.
So on day one we remounted the rear fender and a new seat pan I'd made up previously.
First up my mate Tom (who's the top gun welder) filled in all the holes from the previous seat mounting, and cut off the mounts from the rear frame rails that supported the previous struts and returned all the tubes nice and round.
We welded up a bracket to support the middle of the fender behind the seat.
And another one that bolts onto the existing tab hanging off the back of the transmission mounting plate on the frame.
Then welded on the brackets to the seat and frame to hard mount the seat pan WCC style.
So by the end of the day we had the old struts gone, the fender remounted in a rolled forward position (which will stop my tranny from getting covered with road grime), and the new seat pan hard mounted nice and low.