Mighty Guerilla: Tough Crafts Takes on the Harley Fats Bob

It’s been virtually 9 years since we featured the Tough Crafts ‘Iron Guerilla‘—a murdered-out Harley-Davidson Sportster that flung Taiwanese customizer Winston Yeh firmly into the highlight. It was solely Winston’s second construct, however it instantly established his signature fashion. You’ll nonetheless discover traces of the Iron Guerilla’s DNA in Winston’s work at the moment. And it spawned a listing of Tough Crafts components that also promote nicely (and are steadily copied). Now, for his newest launch, Winston’s gone proper again to his roots. That is the ‘Mighty Guerilla’—an up to date tackle the traditional Tough Crafts Guerilla system, based mostly on a 2018 Harley-Davidson Fats Bob 107. The mission landed in Winston’s lap as a commissioned construct with an open transient. When he pitched the concept of Softail-based Guerilla, his shopper gave his blessing straight away. (‘Mighty Guerilla’ is a play on the title Harley gave the Softail’s motor: Milwaukee-Eight.) “The purpose was clear,” says Winston. “I wished to construct the brand new Guerilla with the most recent platform Harley has to supply, and the Fats Bob was the proper start line.” “Ever because the the primary check journey, I fell in love with the brand new Softail platform. It rides so significantly better than the earlier fashions Harley made for positive, and the body makes it straightforward for customizers to detach issues they need to change, with out slicing and grinding.” The Fats Bob has probably the most distinct styling of all the brand new H-D Softails, however Winston’s finished away with most of it. It nonetheless rolls on chunky 16” wheels—however these are actually matching Efficiency Machine Riviera gadgets, in a end dubbed ‘Black Ops.’ The tires are the identical as the unique Iron Guerilla: 5” huge Coker Beck blackwalls. A lot of the chassis remains to be inventory—however it’s been slammed. The OEM upside-down entrance forks have been lowered a contact, and there’s a shorter-than-stock Progressive Suspension shock hiding within the Softail’s faux-hardtail rear finish. Winston additionally upgraded the entrance brakes with Arlen Ness calipers and Efficiency Machine rotors, and added a Efficiency Machine pulley on the again. The motor internals are inventory too, however there’s a small energy enhance from the brand new consumption and pipes. Winston used an Arlen Ness Huge Sucker consumption, capped off with a canopy plate within the conventional Tough Crafts fashion. For the exhaust, SC Undertaking despatched Winston a few mufflers to mix together with his Guerilla-style headers. He constructed two programs—one for this bike, and one to ship again as a prototype for future manufacturing. The remainder of the engine mods are beauty, together with new rocker field covers from Arlen Ness, and a set of customized push rod collars from 2 Irregular Sides. Winston additionally designed new Tough Crafts clutch and timing covers, and refinished just a few alternative components in black. But it surely’s the brand new bodywork that basically conveys that unmistakable Tough Crafts Guerilla vibe. The gasoline tank’s truly been lifted from a Sportster—then lengthened, narrowed vertically and scalloped. It mounts straight onto the Fats Bob’s fastening factors, and is completed off with a Tough Crafts catalogue gasoline cap. Up entrance is a brief fender and a customized headlight association. Winston already had a headlight grill for the Sportster Forty-Eight in his catalogue, so he mixed a Forty-Eight headlight housing with the LED internals from a Avenue Bob, and slapped the grill on. All of it mounts off a customized backing plate that attaches to the unique Fats Bob headlight’s mountings. Out again, Winston designed a brand new seat, and a rear fender that mounts straight to the Fats Bob’s rear strut mounts. The seat pan and fender have been formed from fiber glass, utilizing molds that have been 3D printed. For the management space, Winston picked Tough Crafts Fighter bars, Arlen Ness grips, and Rebuffini controls, full with switches that work with Harley’s OEM CAN bus. The inventory foot controls have been upgraded with MS Professional pegs, and there are Rizoma LEDs doing tail gentle and switch sign responsibility. The speedo’s a very neat setup. Winston used the tiny, riser-mounted speedo from a Avenue Bob—however designed a brand new housing that mimics his signature Tough Crafts ribbed risers. All the things’s wrapped in a traditional Tough Crafts paint scheme: flat black, with refined gloss black pin-striping. The paint was dealt with by the identical man that painted the unique Iron Guerilla—and each different Tough Crafts bike since—Jeffrey Chang at Air Runner Customized Paint. Hechun seats tackled the diamond stitched saddle, and CT-Storage took care of ultimate meeting. All of this begs the query: will these new Softail-specific Tough Crafts components be accessible quickly? Winston assures us it’s within the works…which implies we will sit up for one other decade of the mighty Tough Crafts Guerilla. Tough Crafts | Fb | Instagram | Images by JL Images