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Harley Rear Wheel Swap Questions
Old 04-15-2011, 03:18 PM   #1
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Harley Rear Wheel Swap Questions

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.
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:04 PM   #2
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dude scrap the plastic rear fender and subframe. you can pick up a steel already primered fender on e-bay for under a hundred bucks my bro did. as far as i know all 00 and up wheels are 1" axles. i could be wrong on that i dont know for sure. i did the whole thing for under $400 and I bought a WCC fender $150. cbr mag with a front spoke wheel i think looks gay hd has a 16" wheel but the tire looks like a bit of a balloon on it. although the last ones I saw looked a bit better since i did my swap......good luck
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:14 PM   #3
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Search Doc Shadow's posts. Pretty sure he is quite knowledgable on the HD rear swap.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:10 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HitCat44
Search Doc Shadow's posts. Pretty sure he is quite knowledgable on the HD rear swap.

http://www.shadowriders.net/forums/s...ght=rear+wheel

http://www.shadowriders.net/forums/s...ead.php?t=3598

http://www.spiritchopshop.com/mod%20...r_Wheel_HD.htm

http://www.clubchopper.com/forums/sh...t=21188&page=3

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Old 04-15-2011, 06:13 PM   #5
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FYI I'm in the process of this swap. I'm using a 16x6 harley wheel, 38T sprocket, 99- mesh brake and caliper, steel braided brake lines, and 07 cbr 600rr master cyl and resi. All harley bolts. I just need to get washers and extra aluminum for the brake stay and master cyl.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:18 PM   #6
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That last link helped, thanks! The others I have read through.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:20 PM   #7
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I used a 99-down 16X5.5 Harley spoke wheel. I used a 99-down because of the 3/4" axle size. I had my axle turned down. I wanted 3/4" because most HD calipers you will find are for 3/4" axles. They are cheap on ebay. No matter what tire you use id say get at least a 5.5" rim. I have a 200 and it looks great. A 180 would look great too. I used a 16" rim beacause I wanted a subtle look. I wanted it to look like it came that way. Like it was stock. Bolt patters are the same no matter what Harley wheel you get. the only difference is that the hub size on 99-down is 2" and 2-1/4" on 2000-up. You can use a 2000-up sprocket or rotor on a 99-down wheel but not the other way around. Thats why people opt for a 99-down. More parts are availale. More parts means cheaper price.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:23 PM   #8
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If you decide to have a machine shop do your axle, dont tell them its a motorcycle part. Some shops wont touch a bike part for fear of a lawsuit. Tell them its a part for some made-up machine. If you have any other questions ill try to answer the best I can.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:24 PM   #9
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Excellent, thanks Doc!

Do you guys think a 180 on a 5.5" would fit in with the stock fender? I know i know, I should get an aftermarket, but I'll have a Slitherin seat so no need for me to go aftermarket.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:28 PM   #10
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I am also using my stock fender and sub. I originally wanted a steel fender but didnt want to spend the time making it work right. I am using 10" struts and I like to hual the ladies so it took some serious time to fab the sub to work. I wanted the fender as close to the tire as possible and not rub with a passenger. If you use shocks you will have an easier time.
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