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    Big Fat Gary Fisher Build

    First I would like to thank my friend Dave for the inspiration for this build, he built built a full suspension fatty a few months back and I had to have one.

    I took a 2011 Gary Fisher HiFi Deluxe frame and modified the rear swing arm to fit the 170 mm Salsa rear hub and Surly tires. I started out by removing the swing arm and cuting out the supports between the left and right sides, I made a pin for the lower piviot point that was longer and using the bike as a jig I assembled everthing to check for cleareance and spacing. The top and bottom spacers are 17.5 mm. I made a jig and new supports and welded them in place. The BB I got lucky with, the shell was one of the new press fit ones. I had a shell that almost pressed in, I machined a little off and cut in half and pressed in, the chain line for checked clearence and the shell was welded in place. I designed a new lower pin and upper and lower spacers, they were hard anodized. For the front derailleur I used a spacer on the direct mount. Time to start the build, eveything went well and fit as expected, the bike is very comfortable and fun to ride. The front shock is a Maverick SC-32. Weight 35.0 lbs.
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    Very nice Kenny, it's looks good and rides like a dream! I'd have mine done by now but the wrong crank was ordered lol Hopefully next week I'll have it done then we'll have 3 full suspension Phatty's in the Melbourne area!

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    Awesome!! That is one hell uva project.... Any better pics of rear clearance?

    How does it ride?

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    That is just Awesome....Great Job!!!

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    Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTR2ebike View Post
    Awesome!! That is one hell uva project.... Any better pics of rear clearance?

    How does it ride?
    Thanks, I can post some later but there is plenty of clearance for the tires I used, the bike rides better than GF Superfly, better than expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Look Out Below View Post
    Very nice Kenny, it's looks good and rides like a dream! I'd have mine done by now but the wrong crank was ordered lol Hopefully next week I'll have it done then we'll have 3 full suspension Phatty's in the Melbourne area!
    Maybe were starting a trend.

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    Thanks for the kind words and here are some more pics.
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    wow

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    Impressive work!

    "Ride what you love, love what you ride"

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    I am not at all interested in owning a dually fat bike, but your mod job is extremely impressive in it's design and finish quality.
    I proudly ride for these guys.

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    Excellent conversion

    Looks like it was always built that way
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    Tidy job. Looks like it's supposed to be that way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Feelygood ! View Post
    Excellent conversion

    Looks like it was always built that way
    Thanks, thats what I was shooting for.

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    And you hit the target
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    That is hands down the best fatty conversion yet!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kencamp View Post
    Thanks, thats what I was shooting for.
    Exactly my thoughts, I am still studying the photos..
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    Totally sick.

    Looks like someone needs some Nate's.

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    Brilliant.

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    superb work, people will think you can buy these now i bet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by saltyman View Post
    superb work, people will think you can buy these now i bet!
    Talk to Gary...it would be so much simpler if they just came from the factory with 65mm rims and 4" tires....

    Great work on the bike...
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    I already PM'd to see if he would do another...got a HIFI laying around...want to fatten him up.

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    Really good. What front hub did you use?

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    Impressive mod!

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    Must.....pick.....up.....my.....jaw........from the floor!
    Incredibly well thought out conversion, congrats.



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    Pretty cool! Indeed, looks original.
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    Nicely done sir!!! Looks factory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flashes View Post
    Really good. What front hub did you use?
    Thanks everyone, the front hub is a Maverick you have to use their hub with that fork. I just got back from a 12 mi hash ride in the woods here in Florida, A good test, lots of water, mud, sand, dirt, logs, and brush not really a trail just a made up one. The bike worked great and was very comfortable, I need to let some air out of the tires they were a little bouncy. I forgot there was cow **** on trail too.

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    Nice work and the craftsmanship is sweet to boot also. Wish I had one to do this with, I'd give up the Mukluk idea in a heartbeat for this mofo!
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    Excellent job and most definitely worth the rep.

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    impressive work sir.

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    old ZR9000 Rig frame without paint,
    rear wheel - the front one from my Muk (sheba-WTB)+rubber queen . Great clearance.
    gonna to build for summer singlespeed riding/commuting (probably on 70 mm rims and GGG).



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    Kencamp,

    Mate, my complete GF arrives at yours either tomorrow or the day after.....thanks mate. Hey, I'll slide a couple of cartons (of beer) your way as well, us Aussies are good that way....... Oh yea, you can keep the wheels, I wont need 'em........

    Seriously, I've been looking for a frame to mod up, I love my Pugs but it sucks on the corrugations on the dirt roads. I'll PM you.

    Great job BTW. I'm impressed.

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    Maxus don't hijack this thread dude! Give the man his time to shine, that's a wonderful conversion Kencamp!
    Rudy Projects look ridiculous

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    Love that, it really does look like a factory spec bike which has got to be a sign of a well thought out job.
    It sort of got me thinking which other frames would be suitable for modification?

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    LOVE IT! I want to ride it!

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    Great job!! That is a really easy frame to make fat as well.

    How does it ride?

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    I am very impressed with your mod skills. Maybe I will bump into you on the Florida trails one day and see this beauty in person.

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    Bravo, your skills are impressive.

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    That turned out great! I love the idea of a fatty full sus.

    If I may make a recommendation, look into some Surly Marge Lite rims when they are available. You could drop nearly 2.5 lbs off that build, all at the rim. That would be quite noticeable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benwitt11 View Post
    That turned out great! I love the idea of a fatty full sus.

    If I may make a recommendation, look into some Surly Marge Lite rims when they are available. You could drop nearly 2.5 lbs off that build, all at the rim. That would be quite noticeable.
    I did save about 2 lbs on the wheels by making them tubeless, not sure if Surly Marge Lite could be made tubeless, if I had one i would try.
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    Great work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kencamp View Post
    I did save about 2 lbs on the wheels by making them tubeless, not sure if Surly Marge Lite could be made tubeless, if I had one i would try.
    Have you tested your tubeless setup at low pressure in sand? How's it holding up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    Have you tested your tubeless setup at low pressure in sand? How's it holding up?
    I havent gone real low, I tried 10 - 12 lbs and it worked fine. We have had a lot of rain so the sand is harder now.

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    Here is my version of the Trek Rumblefish II full suspension fatbike. Rear brake hose need to update to longer one and widening parts have to paint. Also waiting for Rockshox Bluto front suspension fork. Then it's ready. Now weight is 15,5kg and after the Bluto fork it should be under the 15kg.


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