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Da Babba From Kustom Fab

A Pearl Harbor Ship Fitter, 25 Year Momento

By Darren Ho with Photos by Jim Russi
6/10/2010 9:23:41 PM


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I have been fortunate enough to work at the same place, Pearl Harbor, for 25 years. Working may not always be a “bed of roses,” but I am thankful for what the Shipyard has provided me and what it has allowed me to provide for not only myself but my family. With this in mind, I wanted to create a bike as sort of a milestone. I wanted something that I could use for every day riding and something that was “user-friendly.” So, I decided to build a Bobber bike.

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But this wasn’t going to be an ordinary Bobber, this one would have an attitude.

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There is somewhat of an unspoken club in the shipyard that you become a part of when you work there for 25 years or more. It is affectionately known as the FU Club. It’s the point of no return for most workers. I figured that if I lasted this long, with just a few more years I could retire. And with this attitude, I started building the bike. These emotions were reflected in the fabrication of each element.

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I started out with an old Santee frame that we picked up from a Custom Chrome show a few years ago. Then, I purchased some invader rims from China cycles. My partner in crime, Mel, ordered the S&S 93-cubic-inch motor and the transmission. I had several bobber notions doing donuts in my mind. First, I wanted to modify the frame to allow a drop seat incorporating leaf spring action. Next, I wanted to manufacture as many components as we could. From the handlebars, battery box, sissy bar, starter housing, 7-inch front caliper bracket, gas tank modifications, motor mount, rear break mount, oil tank, exhaust, and some of the other bracketing, we made ‘em ourselves.

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After all the sheet metal work was completed, it was time to take the bike to Cosmic Airbrushing for some awesome artwork. I told Dennis that a “pimpin” blue color would be the perfect finish for this labor of love. Dennis added blue metal flaking and artwork straight from his imagination.

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With the fabrication and paint finished, all that was left was the final assembly and wiring. My next partner in crime, Roger, generously donated parts and time to mentor me through this project. When the bike was finally finished, I was very pleased with how it turned out. It was the perfect way to celebrate this milestone in my life.

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I would like to say thanks to Roger, Manett, Butch, Tomo, Mel, Tigman, Bob Arkus, Mike, Gary, Mark & Dennis for the help. And a Special thanks to PHNSY for what it has provided me and taught me.

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Roger checkin’ the fit.

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DA BABBA TECH SHEET

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The man and his machine.

NAME: Darren Ho
COMPANY ADDRESS: KUSTOM FAB, 1211 KUKILA ST.
CITY: HONOLULU
STATE/ZIP: HI
PHONE(cell): 808-429-0353
WEBSITE: http://kustomfabchoppers.net/index.html

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MAKE/MODEL: “Bar Hoppa”
YEAR: 2006
FABRICATION: KUSTOMFAB
ASSEMBLY: KUSTOMFAB
BUILD TIME: 4 MONTHS

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ENGINE

YEAR/SIZE: 2006, 93-CUBIC INCH
TYPE: S & S SHOVEL HEAD
BUILDER: S & S
CASES: CAST S & S
FLYWHEELS: FORGED S & S
RODS: FORGED S & S
PISTONS: HEMI S & S
CYLINDERS: CAST IRON S & S
HEADS: CAST ALUMINUN S & S
VALVES: S & S

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ROCKERS: S & S
ROCKER BOXES: POLISHED S & S
PUSHRODS: SOLIDS BY S & S
PUSHROD TUBES: S & S
CAM(S): S & S
CARBURETOR: SUPER E S &S

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AIR CLEANER: K-FAB
IGNITION: Hi-4

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EXHAUST: K-FAB
FINISH: CHROME WITH WRAP

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TRANSMISSION

BUILDER/YEAR/TYPE: REV TECH
FINISH: CHROME
CASE: REV TECH
CLUTCH: Barnett
PRIMARY DRIVE: Billet 4-U
GEARS: REV TECH

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FRAME

YEAR/TYPE: SANTEE/ K-FAB
RAKE: 31 DEGREES
STRETCH: ZIP- 0
MOLDING: TOMO & COSMIC
FINISH: COSMIC
SWINGARM: NONE

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SUSPENSION

FRONT
BUILDER: FRED FRAMES
YEAR/TYPE: NARROW GLIDE, SPRINGER
MODIFICATIONS: CUSTOM BARS
TRIPLE TREES: PURE STEEL

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REAR
YEAR/TYPE: RIGID GODDAMNIT
MODIFICATIONS: DROP SEAT
SHOCKS: LEAF SPRING

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WHEELS, TIRES, AND BRAKES

FRONT
SIZE/TYPE: 21”/SPOOL TYPE 1.85’ WIDE
TIRE MAKE/SIZE: COKER
HUB/SPOKES: Chica, INVADER
CALIPER: PM
ROTOR(S): RUSSELL

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REAR
SIZE/TYPE: 16”/ 4” WIDE
TIRE MAKE/SIZE: C0KER
HUB/SPOKES: Chica, INVADER
CALIPER: PM
ROTORS: RUSSELL
WHEEL BUILDER: CHICA

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FINISH/PAINT

COLOR: BLUE METAL FLAKE
PAINTER: COSMIC MASTER, HONOLULU
GRAPHICS & ARTIST NAME: DENNIS MATHEWSON
MOLDING: COSMIC
CHROME PLATING/POLISHING: HAWAII CHROME

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ACCESSORIES

FRONT FENDER: NONE
REAR FENDER: CHICA
FENDER STRUTS: KUSTOMFAB
GAS TANK(S)&CAP(S): KUSTOMFAB/TIGMAN

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OIL TANK: K-FAB
GAUGES: K-FAB
HANDLEBARS: K-FAB
RISERS: K-FAB
HAND CONTROLS: PM
FOOT CONTROLS: BILLET 4-U

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FOOTPEGS: BILLET 4-U
HEADLIGHT: HEADWINDS

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TAILLIGHT: BILLET 4-U
LICENSE MOUNT: BILLET 4-U
SEAT: BOSLEY/BOB ARKUS
ELECTRICAL: KUSTOMFAB

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CUSTOM OR SPECIAL FEATURES

MODIFIED SANTEE FRAME

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OIL TANK WITH HARD LINES
MOTORMOUNT

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SISSYBAR
HANDLEBARS

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HEADLIGHT MOUNT
IGNITION HOLDER

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That’s Darren’s partner, Roger, on the left. Whatta team.

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Never know what you'll find on an island.

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