Question Posted By: Bomber_Bob on 8-1-2006
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||Want to stretch front end. So, last time I entered, I fucked it (quest) up. So- I want to do a 2 - 4 inch over on wide glide. Currently all chrome but stock frame, tubes, triple trees etc. What are the bad shit that may befunk me? I recognize by stretchin
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- A little less maneuverability at slow speeds; replace your front brake lines with 2" to 4" longer steel-braided lines; ride will be a little stiffer because of the change in overall rake angle; readjust your headlight, and your bike will lean more on the sidestand unless you replace it with one made for an extended front end.
Other than that...you should be fine. Well, except if you're already tippy-toeing the bike when you try and duckwalk it around. Raising the front end will mean you're gonna have to buy some high heels! :) By: 47Knuckle-Dragger on: 8-2-2006
- Thanks, your words are kinda what I expected. If I could manuever this fucking board, I could have asked the rest of the question (got cut). What I was wondering is, are there any potential geometric problems like hi-speed wobble? Parts Co. or parts to stay clear of? Parts to recomend? Is a 2" worth the effort? I cannot find bikes to check out. Everyone is slammin these days. By: Bomber_Bob on: 8-4-2006
- "...are there any potential geometric problems like hi-speed wobble?
The longer you make the distance between the neck and the axle, the more chance you take with potential handling problems. There are several individual factors that'll produce a high-speed wobble, and there are several conditions in-concert that will also produce a high-speed wobble. I had a high-speed wobble once that I finally cured by just snapping my vest together instead of letting it act like a sail in the wind.
As long as all your parts are within factory tolerances (slider bushings; axle bearings; wheel balance; tire; wheel trueness (if it's a spoked wheel); etc. and you keep your fender as a lower leg brace, you should be good to go.
If you run a 21" tire that has treads that are just solid grooves around the tire and you find yourself on a concrete slab that has rain grooves cut into it--expect some wandering.
"Parts Co. or parts to stay clear of? Parts to recommend?"
Buy quality. You can tell it's quality when the guy tells you how much they cost!
"Is 2" worth the effort?"Not really! Unless you're really drunk and horny! :) By: 47Knuckle-Dragger on: 8-4-2006
- Thanks again. Older years, my mind fogs, forget shit (60's). Seems like there was a co. that offered triple trees that had a builtin rake? This would eleviate all the bullshit. Like say a 2% rake, slightly longer tubes? All accomplished w/out the bad shit? If a co. exists, I could change the front lower legs, tubes, trees and bolt all the rest of mine on? Thoughts? By: Bomber_Bob on: 8-6-2006
- Harley-Davidson FXWG comes with 3 degree raked triple trees. You can buy those, or opt for an aftermarket set, and add longer tubes. 2" over plus 3 degree raked trees should put you back to level height. By: 47Knuckle-Dragger on: 8-6-2006
- Should have added this: The more rake you add, the more fork fluid you should add to each tube; about 2 more ounces per tube in this case. Keeps the fluid from frothing. And don't forget to add spring spacers equal to your tube extention.
Good luck. By: 47Knuckle-Dragger on: 8-6-2006
- Hey thanks bro. I got a buddy who just picked up a 2006 fxwg. That's the 3% triple tree rake I believe. If not off target, mine is a 2% triple tree rake. Sounds like all I have to do is line his up w/mine and determine if its worth the effort for 1%. The only diff. is the tubes on his are, I think 50 mm and mine 44 mm. It may be worth considering a 4% triple tree rake if such a creature is available. By: Bomber_Bob on: 8-6-2006