Turning Your 1982-2003 Sportster Into A Hardtail

tcbros1tcbros2Going the hardtail route on a Sportster is a very popular conversion. To do the job, is offering this weld-on hartail kit for all Sportsters years 1982 to 2003 (883, 1200 and 82-85 Ironhead models.)Itis designed using the latest 3D CAD Software and is built right here in the USA using a precision made, 100% CNC Machined Welding fixture for a great fit. TC Bros says that this kit is constructed from .120” wall (approximately 1/8”) American Made Seamless D.O.M. Steel Tubing that is bent using a precision CNC Mandrel Bender for the ultimate in smooth bend quality and accuracy.

All tubing is sized to match stock outer diameter and is slugged at all frame attachment points for a high strength, seamless looking install that makes your stock frame look like a 100% custom made frame, without all of the title/registration headaches… High strength axle plates are CNC Laser cut from 3/8” thick American Made Steel plate. Featuring integrated fender strut hole, as well as threaded axle adjusters for your convenience.

tcbros3tcbros4The kit is sold with easy to follow and detailed installation instructions as well as mounting hardware. Works great with your stock wheel, tire, brake, axle, spacers, etc. Hardtail incorporates 2” of stretch and 4” of ground clearance for a great looking stance with a stock length front end. Due to stretch, a longer chain or belt (137 tooth belt) is required. The complete kit retails for $374.99.

The Company has been fabricating hardtail kits for the past 7 years. The company also provides many other parts to build your custom rigid Sportster: battery boxes, oil tanks, seats, lighting accessories, etc. Call Tim Cobb at  419-265-9399

16 Responses to “Turning Your 1982-2003 Sportster Into A Hardtail”

  1. 1 Mar 23rd, 2014 at 10:07 am

    A very well engineered hardtail kit.

  2. 2 Seymour Mar 23rd, 2014 at 3:26 pm


  3. 3 nicker Mar 23rd, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    May as well.
    Stock the older models didn’t ride much better….. 🙂


  4. 4 pat h Mar 23rd, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    leave the stock frames alone may not be worth much now, but to ruin a bike for a fad from the 70s that will be gone in a couple weeks what a waste, now you put at least when all said and done another 2k into a bike that will be worth less than when you started, quit trying to be different than the thousands of other people who did the same thing, wash your hair, take your sisters hip hugger jeans off, and lose the Chinese Converse shoes.

  5. 5 BigAlyts Mar 24th, 2014 at 7:47 am

    When I hear someone talking about a Conversion from Suspension to Hardtail, that is like having someone in a Store raising their hand when the Store Owner asks ” everyone in the room who wants to pay more”! That’s the same Rationalization.

  6. 6 RUB Mar 24th, 2014 at 8:05 am

    being cool has a price ……………………………………………………….

  7. 7 Mike Mar 24th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    So, the idea is to go from crappy shocks to no shocks at all?

  8. 8 HelpMePlz Mar 24th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    47 Industries and the Haifley Bros. make better pieces.

  9. 9 ChopperBill Mar 24th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Those old sportsters don’t bring much so why worry about resale value. A nice hard tail bar rocket would fun for a second bike. Looks like that’s a quality hard tail. Not like the one I put on my old shovel in the late seventies.

  10. 10 Mar 24th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I find it interesting how the TC Bros NEW hardtail kit for Sportsters was “designed using the latest 3D CAD Software and is built right here in the USA using a precision made, 100% CNC Machined Welding fixture for a great fit” yet looks EXACTLY like our hardtail kit which we have been making since 2004 (picture attached). Led Sled Customs, which has become known as the Sportster Authority, has hugely contributed to the popularity of the Sportster hardtail conversion with selling well over a thousand in a 10-yr span. Our product has been featured in many product articles, advertisements, bike features, and How-To install videos in just about every biker magazine and online forum available around the world. We have sold our hardtails all over Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

    While we realize other shops also offer a Sportster hardtail conversion, these shops have at least changed their design enough to make it their own. TC Bros has “designed” (stolen?) a hardtail that does nothing but show they have no imagination of their own.

  11. 11 Mar 24th, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Jen,This TC Bros version is substantially different to yours.It has a continuous lower loop in a U shape and it’s two top tubes converge towards it’s own top tube integral with the unit,where as your version relies on the OEM top tube.

    “Look’s like” is not a real design analysis.

    When they constructed an item hardly like the one you sell,it’s not really necessary to change things to avoid confusion.

  12. 12 Jen Mar 24th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    American Made and American RIPPED OFF. I call it for what it is.

  13. 13 Mar 24th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I ha a 95 and a 01. They both ride like trucks. I have wanted to upgrade the suspension for years but always get side tracked on different projects not to mention the cash. I’m in pain just looking at this conversion.”But Anyway”if your tough enough go for it. ..Z

  14. 14 Rodney Mar 24th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Jen, I don’t think there is a Authority when it comes to chops. I hard tailed a 86 sporty , 20 years ago well before led sled came along. It looked exactly like Led Sleds design, Plus people have been doing it since the 70’s. First, I had to build the jig to even begin to think about hard tailing it without a kit from a company. Still have it and have done many tails for people over the years. I have improved on my design over the years and Guarantee that I have a better design, that’s easier to weld on than having to unbolt the back motor mounts and chop that whole factory assembly apart, like Led and TC design. I keep that to myself for my gain, because paying 30 bucks in materials versus 350-600 bucks is the reason i don’t want to get ripped. There will always be someone bigger better and badder that comes along and there is no stopping it from happening. Led sled should of Patented there design but chose not to just like the kick lever they built, that got ripped off by someone else. I give you props for sticking up for your paycheck each week, but come on, they didn’t invent the wheel.

  15. 15 Seymour Mar 25th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Jen I would suggest offering a better product or better value instead of the vitriol – it’s a turn-off.

  16. 16 Brother jeff Mar 29th, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Terrance, I believe your comparison on the hard tails were not comparing apples to apples, it appears that you are comparing the 2004 and up hard tail kit from led sled to your 82 to 2003,ie”continuous loop, and integral backbone”as led sleds 82 to 2003 is also ” integral to backbone and continuous loop. If you compare same years. There is a slight difference that is noticeable to the eye, yours appears to have a brake tab.

    Also, getting a full proof patent is possible, but most small shops can’t afford the fees for obtaining them,So it’s easy to say” get a patent” but sometimes cost prohibative.best thing is make and sell as many as you can and hope that some kind of loyalty plays out and be competitive.

    Seymour, more vitriol is needed, to many sheep out there, let people call out who they wish. Shops have been re inventing wheels for along time. Hard tail kits are hard to be mad about, but a kicker kit that hasn’t been done before should bring out some vitriol.

    When making new parts it is always a matter of time before they are copied.the list of people mad because of that is long.let them vent.

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