Due to he said/she said arguments about the bike's name and who had it 1st - screw it we'll just rename this mofo and go on with the build.There's no time to argue about a name,the bike will speak for itself.***********************************************************************************************************************************
I finally have a good amount of pics saved so figured I would post it now.
Late last year a new member on here contacted me about hooking up his Ruck with a couple of my products,mainly a fatty kit.He lived about 4 hours away from Houston but still made the trip so I could give his bike a overhaul.Since I didn't want him making double trips I setup a plan.Bring it to me early and plan a day out in the town.He got here about noon and was leaving around 5-6pm.
His Ruck was brought to me as a 2009 with a Yoshi exhaust,led tail and a footbrace.
This was a couple hours into it.Me and my bro were running around non stop to get it done and have him on his way back home promptly.
And done son.
I had installed a AK fatty kit,Keihin pc20 big carb,chopped his bars and seat frame,belt & variator and rewelded his Yoshi header to clear the new wheel.
He was very happy with the outcome and we kept in touch on the forum and thru txt.A couple of months later he contacted me again but this time he had big news.He wanted to rebuild his bike but this time with a whole list of new parts he was about to order.One thing lead to another and before we knew it it was decided to just build the Ruck from the frame out.
This would be my 1st FULL ruck build for a customer.And by full I mean more than just bolt on's,were going all out buddy AWW YEAH.
Not long after our talk Dustin was on his way back to Houston for the drop off.Once here we discussed things a little further.Only thing was I didn't agree with everything.
It was just too...simple! Whatever Dustin suggested I would "edit" it so it could be just a little bit more unique.In the end we came up with the best agreement ever.He simply told me "if you think it will look good just do it." And thats were it started!
Instead of leaving it at the shop I took it home so I could work on it as soon as I woke up.I was in the zone and didn't even realize how quick I took it apart.
Right away my brother got to work on the rear frame.This is with absolutely NO grinding done to it to clean up the welds.Notice the mig beads are straight as an arrow.
To start things off it got..
-changed out front cross bar to tubing to match the frame
-weld on gy6 mount
Im impatient so I set out the new wheels to get a visual.
Screw doing a seat cover on the stock seat,we just went ahead and started a new seat pan out of metal.That rear tire sucked to air up!
New front brake setup & bars.
I swapped out the stator on the new gy6 engine and also started on the placement of the tail light.Notice the hole in the rear frame.
Got his carbon Yoshi in the mail and made a custom header for it.
New headlight came in too! This thing is a freakin beast.Super huge LED's made in the USA not some china made junk.
Next I figured the motor needed to be started up to make sure everything was in good order.I laid out the wiring and fired it up exactly like it is in this pic.
Notice my VERY custom table to hold it up.I was getting ready to give in and order a nice $$$ bike table.I always order stuff on Sundays so it can be shipped out on Monday.So I went out Saturday night and got TRASHED.I wake up at noon and walk into the garage only to find this.
^ while I was sleeping my brother had whipped up a table out of square tubing.He woke up that day and got right to it.I was really surprised how fast he got it done.
It was time to make a shock mount since this new shock was eye to eye style.I got out my construction paper and started drawing out a stencil.Once I got it right we cut it out by hand with my plasma cutter.I like how it follows the little humps on the motor.Put on some upper tabs as temps while I think of something better.
Added a little flair to it.
Couldn't go on with a custom build without messing with the front frame so once again i got my construction paper to make a template.Hand plasma cut the piece out then it got welded onto the aluminum frame.
Now there is a ton of nice builds out there but 1 thing that bothers me is the dam kickstands.They look so out of place and take away from the whole look.Why settle for simply bolting it on? Thats just not being creative at all.
I got the idea...
thought it out........
and out came an AK integrated kickstand! Also shortened of course.
Next we redid the header since I got my new bender in and we ditched the old one with pie cuts to go for a smoother look.
NOW it was time for a completely custom 1 off footbrace.Originally intended for my own Ruck but we decided to use it on this one.Customers first,my own Ruck last.
My original floater idea in the beginning stages.
Pushed it out of the garage so it could get some sun.
So far it has...
-AK Garage custom shaved front frame
-AK Garage custom weld on mounts
-AK Garage custom rear frame
-AK Garage custom seat pan
-AK Garage custom stainless steel header
-AK Garage custom foot brace
-AK Garage custom integrated kickstand
-AK Garage custom integrated LED tail
-AK Garage custom shock mount
-Yoshi carbon muffler
-Rigid industries LED headlight
-12x7 Rear 5 star fatty
-Daytona 5 star front wheel
-Daytona front hub
-DanMaxusa rear hub
-ATR triple tree
-ATR front disc kit
-GY6 150cc swap
Its still far from over but thats all the pics I have for now.A lot of them are cell phone pics cause my digi cam I had just bought went out.Its getting repaired under warranty and is taking forever.Well a better camera wont make you a better builder/welder,etc so who cares.
There is still more fab work to be done,more parts to add.I will post updates as soon as they happen.Just wanted to share whats getting brewed by 2 guys in a house garage.