Look What Followed Me Home
October 8, 2013 | By: Ryan Schwahl
It is ever so apparent that the Harley craze is currently turning from baggers to dynas. This is in part to television and YouTube. California clubs have traditionally used dynas and FXRS as their motorcycles of choice. This is due to the way they are set up – 600 pounds with a 29 degree rake angle. That is almost 250 pounds lighter than the baggers with the same motor, which is a huge power to weight ratio.
So, when it was time for me to find a new project I sought out a Dyna. The search ended up being a six month long hunt to find a solid, clean platform. I was looking for specific models of dynas to start the build with. The model choices that were sought out were the very popular FXDX, FXDB and FXD. I finally found a 2008 Harley FXD Dyna Super Glide. The bike was a one owner, garage kept, grandpa owned bike. It was the perfect platform, and the perfect price. After reaching a deal, I picked it up on the following Wednesday. The gentleman I bought the bike from had the typical Harley accessories on it: crash guard, windshield, saddlebags and the little trinkets that find their way on to the bike from years of ownership. All of these make the bike a reflection of the owner.
I didn’t have the heart to tell him that everything he found cool about the bike was the stuff that I hated, and planned on changing. But the bike is the perfect platform to start the conversion I am planning. Once I got the bike home that night, I put it up on the lift and began the tear down for what will be the “Club” style build. In the weeks and months to come, I will document the build via the J&P blog with photos and videos showing you the transformation. I will showcase the parts going on the bike and tell you the J&P part numbers, the gains, and the benefits for each of the mods that will be done to this now mild 2008 FXD.