After studying the appearance of our Titan Coyote, we came to the conclusion that the engine department could use a little spicing up. The stock oil lines on this bike are of the black rubber persuasion, and while there was nothing wrong with them, they just blended in to the motor and transmission and got lost. To remedy this, we decided to do an oil line conversion to add a little visual appeal. Granted, hard lines would easily outlast their rubber counterparts, but that was not our motivation. We thought we could add to the bike’s looks by adding a series of parallel and perpendicular stainless steel lines.
Since Matt Hotch, of Hot Match Custom Cycles, located in Fullerton, California, has made hard stainless steel oil lines one of the signature features of his bikes, we figured he would be just the guy to build them for us.
A couple of hints from Hotch before we get started: “Use only high-quality stainless steel fittings and tubing. Do not use copper tubing –it will break. Take your time as you bend the tubing, and check your measurements twice before you bend. This is a very visual process — watch what you are doing. Start with about 20 feet of tubing because you will make some mistakes.”