I know I know, these have been answered before. However, there isn't one place where I can find all of this information (it seems).
I'm debating picking up a Harley spoke wheel. It seems whatever I do I can't get over having the large hub and small 15" wheel on the back. However, I'm trying to weigh my options and see what my lowest budget could be. I want to stick with my stock fender and subframe, although I can grind down the subframe. Up front I was thinking of doing the VTX rim swap so I don't have to mess with the axle or speedo.
Here are my questions...
1. Difference between '99 down and '00 up rear wheels?
- People say '99 are a lot easier to work with, why exactly?
- I know '99 down has 3/4" axle, but are all '00 1" axles?
- I know '00 up have sealed bearings, I assume that's an advantage no?
- Does '00 up allow for a sprocket from Sprocket Specialties (or other place) to be bolted up?
2. Wheels sizes
- What can I fit in the stock fender? Most people go with an 18" x 5.5". Can that fit with a 170/180 tire instead of a 200? Are there any 4.5" Harley rims that would work?
3. Axle options
- Is there any downside to getting a 13.5" 3/4" harley axle for $20 instead of having my stock one turned down?
- If a '00 up wheel with 1" bearings worked, couldn't I just sleeve the stock axle to bring it to 1" in the middle?
Other than that, it seems rather inexpensive to pick up a used caliper, CBR master cylinder, fabricate a brake stay, and figure out what spacers are need for the axle and sprocket.