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    Chopper build advice

    Hi everyone, first post on this site.
    I'm currently building a chopper from my 2000 harley davidson sportster,using a weld on hardtail kit.This means I keep the front half of the frame and my factory vin number on the neck of the frame.
    I'm looking for some advice about getting the bike certified,do I only need the frame work inspected and keep my current registration or do I need to fully re vin the bike once it's complete.
    Any information on the process of making my dream bike legal would be awesome.
    Thanks

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    Before you even start, find the certifier you might be able to use. There aren't many, I was lucky and found one local to me but he is gone. You might have to try hotrod club and see if he will do bikes.

    He will (hopefully grant you an LVV plate about the size of your hand stretched out. I put mine under the seat, but you will have a unique problem with this as you will have an elaborate sprung seat I guess. Maybe if there is a sidecover to put it under?

    Presumably you aren't intending to ride this thing far. I remember my grandad telling me how his Indian wrecked his back. If it's just for fashion you'll be wanting another bike to ride.
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    I've done most of the building already just not sure when and what exactly I need to have inspected. I suppose I should just make contact with the nearest certifier and ask them.
    If there's anyone with any experience doing something similar would be good to hear how you went about it

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    You will need a certifier for class 2A or 2B , your nearest is probably Grant Rivers in Wanganui
    https://www.lvvta.org.nz/documents/s...st-Website.pdf
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    Thanks pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miklagraad View Post
    Hi everyone, first post on this site.
    I'm currently building a chopper from my 2000 harley davidson sportster,using a weld on hardtail kit.This means I keep the front half of the frame and my factory vin number on the neck of the frame.
    I'm looking for some advice about getting the bike certified,do I only need the frame work inspected and keep my current registration or do I need to fully re vin the bike once it's complete.
    Any information on the process of making my dream bike legal would be awesome.
    Thanks
    For a start ... any cutting and/or welding needs to be certified (or done) by a qualified Engineer. (I recommend the latter, and get the paperwork from him/her)

    Re-Vin's usually takes place after a vehicle's rego has expired. For a currently registered vehicle .... it shouldn't be required.

    There is no issue (as far as I know) about bolt on hard-tail kits.

    If the only modification is to move to it being a Hard-tail ... I can't see any big issues.


    Building one from scratch ... well ... that's an entirely different ballgame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FJRider View Post
    For a start ... any cutting and/or welding needs to be certified (or done) by a qualified Engineer. (I recommend the latter, and get the paperwork from him/her)

    Re-Vin's usually takes place after a vehicle's rego has expired. For a currently registered vehicle .... it shouldn't be required.

    There is no issue (as far as I know) about bolt on hard-tail kits.

    If the only modification is to move to it being a Hard-tail ... I can't see any big issues.


    Building one from scratch ... well ... that's an entirely different ballgame.
    So would I need to have the frame inspected as a rolling chassis before paint ect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miklagraad View Post
    So would I need to have the frame inspected as a rolling chassis before paint ect?


    Yeah especially if they decide to xray welds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miklagraad View Post
    So would I need to have the frame inspected as a rolling chassis before paint ect?
    been there done that, it's entirely up to the certifier, comments on here might help but could just as easily lead you up the garden park.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miklagraad View Post
    So would I need to have the frame inspected as a rolling chassis before paint ect?
    you need to stop asking questions on here, and go ask the bloke youre going to ask to certify it.

    The certifiers word is law, anyones opinion on here is just that, opinion.

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    I used Chris Knibbs to certify my old chop when i bought it over from the UK. He's based in Te Puke, is a top bloke who knows his stuff, so the trip was well worth it. Good luck with the chop - it's looking good

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