On to LED SLED

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On to LED SLED

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A few motorcycle parts from our friends at LED SLED

A few items from our friends at LED SLED

Heading North to Ohio

I was working with Biker Pros as a judge for one of those biker TV shows last year and met up with Pat Patterson of Led Sled at the Buffalo Chip.

We began talking about builds and I liked what I was hearing about design, manufacturing process and quality American parts. Fast forward to the spring and I have a tasty little Sportster chop that is ideal for a LED SLED component build.

The build starts with a rock-solid 2010 Sportster 48. I disassembled the bike and loaded the parts I needed for the mock up and headed for LED SLED HQ. We are basically going to use the wheels, electrical, fuel injection, brakes, axle, 1200cc motor and put everything else up on eBay.

LED SLED Sportster Mock Up

It’s easier to show you pictures of what we accomplished at LED SLED instead of going into in-depth details. My objective was to get the bike mocked up so that all the clearances are correct and all the major components are working correctly. I went to LED SLED so I could see their operations and take care of any issues that might occur in the belly of the beast, sort of say.

Arrive at Led Sled with the bike disassembled & ready to rock

Arrive at Led Sled with the bike disassembled & ready to rock

My parts are pulled and waiting for some love from Sin-Central

My parts are pulled and waiting for some love

Half of a donut - a thing of beauty

Half of a donut – a thing of beauty

I like these 13 gauge steel Mohawk fenders with the raised spike right down center of it. (Not sure how his honey is going to go with him, but sometimes its better to blase your own trails. )I’m using the stock wheel so it was spun using the stock dimensions. This is a great looking fender and it will provide the custom look that I need for the build.

Let's get this Party at Led Sled started

Let’s get this Party at Led Sled started

The mock up begins with the frame on the lift. We assemble all of the components to make sure the tolerances are correct and that all of the components are correct and fit together. It’s done in raw steel so that we can weld tabs and bungs and check the design.

Next up, put the mil in the Led Sled frame

Next up, put the mil in the frame


Frames from Led Sled are built to your specs. Tell’m your rake, stretch, and rear tire size and you are good to go. Your stock OEM forward controls will bolt right up. Their frames come with axles, adjusters, Led Sled neck badge, and MSO.

Really like the narrow springer - a very sano look

Really like the narrow springer – a very sano look

How about these bad boys. I dig these narrow springers as they will fit just about ANY bike and not just Sportys. I also like how these bastards ride, nice and easy with a slight hum… Sunshine breaking with you and your bike heading out for the adventure of the day… nothing better. You can go chrome or raw, I elected the gloss black powdercoat.

Machining spacers

Machining spacers

Determining the correct spacer size

Hit the spacer size first time out… Brilliant!

Pat fromn Led Sled & his crew assist in setting the powertrain

Pat & his crew assist in setting the powertrain

Powertrain in place and rocking

Powertrain in place and rocking

Battery box tight and low

Battery box tight and low

The battery box is slick and light- a trimmed down version that fits the smaller battery I typically run on my Sporty builds.

Power tool 101 - Measure twice, stop before you have to start the fab over again

Power tool 101 – Measure twice, stop before you have to start the fab over again


After getting the rear wheel on, I started on the fender. A little grinding was in order.

All systems go...

All systems go…

Tight & low... Perfect

Tight & low… Perfect

Attaching the oil bag to the frame

Attaching the oil bag to the frame

You know, nothing is easy, but it is fun. I finished up the mock up and loaded the sled on the RAM dually at 9PM and started back to HQ in Georgia for a 6 hour drive. The honey let me know we are off for vacation for a week and I am beating feet to make the 6AM flight to the left coast.


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