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Looks like I am finally going to work on this... email sent to Thunderbike HD (http://www.thunderbike.de/ ) to see if they can provide details on fitting those wheels to the 48...

http://www.thunderbike.de/galleries/..._caferacer.php

Will also start searching for an used set...if I can't find them used then I will have to bite the bullet and order them new...

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Could not find them on eBay or local craiglist... order sent to Jon @ HornyToad HD.

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For the tires... the one from Thunderbike is running:

Front: 130/90B16 67H D427 F
Rear: 180/70B16 77H D427

Front is running a stock tire... all good there...

As far as the rear setup... I do not want to modify the rear fender... so I might look for a narrower tire to fit...



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It seems like it only fits a single disk upfront.

Look at upgrading the brakes at the same time.

The bike will be heavier with those wheels and a lot of people complained about the wind's effect on the bike at high speeds with similar type wheels (FatBoy solid wheels).
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It seems like it only fits a single disk upfront.

Look at upgrading the brakes at the same time.

The bike will be heavier with those wheels and a lot of people complained about the wind's effect on the bike at high speeds with similar type wheels (FatBoy solid wheels).
I upgraded the caliper to the one on the XR and rotors (rotors were just for looks) on the bike. The plan was to use those.



I will be more conscious on the impact of crosswinds with this setup. Thank you for that.

I need to see where I can find that Hub covering where the holes for the second rotor are...

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For the rear, if I use a Shinko 777 Heavy Duty Cruiser Tire in 170/70-16, it has a width of 6.61" which should fit fine inside the fender...
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Yeah I remember you upgraded to the xr calipers but can't you put another on the other side?

They probably machined that hub.
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Yeah I remember you upgraded to the xr calipers but can't you put another on the other side?
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No fork leg available for the right side of the 48 that would have the caliper mount... So I am stuck with a one caliper/rotor setup. Which is no big deal for me... would have been great to be able to do a dual setup... but one will have to do.

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They probably machined that hub.
You mean to install that hub/cover?

I sure hope not... I am keeping my finger crossed that this can all be a bolt on effort... just matching the right parts, but bolt on affair... if not, I am screwed...
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No fork leg available for the right side of the 48 that would have the caliper mount... So I am stuck with a one caliper/rotor setup. Which is no big deal for me... would have been great to be able to do a dual setup... but one will have to do.
Unless you change both sides with ones from the other sportsters.. Rog48 did something similar when he went to a wide glide front end.. He might help you better.

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You mean to install that hub/cover?

I sure hope not... I am keeping my finger crossed that this can all be a bolt on effort... just matching the right parts, but bolt on affair... if not, I am screwed...
I meant that they probably machined the cover, I'm really sorry.

Good luck with your build and I'm looking forward to seeing it finished.
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It has been done... with the 180 tire... feeling better about this...

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So I decided to try something a little different on the rear and took a chance with a Fatbob tire and guess what after a little fiddling the darn thing fit.


This is the rim & tire I bought its from a newer Fatbob not sure what year.
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Here are a few more with the 180/70/16 on the bike


Can't get much closer than this



Side view the bike is on a jack but I am running 13" shocks

Here is shot of the back with my new to me 180/70 16 back tire. Fits like a glove, I mean real close but it works.





I can't seam to get a great angle but the belt is close and does not rub


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I used all the stock spacers, disk, pulley everything.
There is a special order on how to install it since it is about as wide as you can go on a stock sporty. Also I replaced my fender with a full fender so it's a tad wider due to the fact that it's all metal. If you look at the 48 fender from under neath and the sides you will see its plastic on the sides. This May or may not be a slight issue if you run low shocks, I have 13". There is a simply solution and that's just get a rim and run a 170/70 16 which is a common import cruiser size tire. The stock Dunlap 427 on the Fat Bob is really a large almost dual sport type tread so another 180/60 16 may be another choice. I did test fit the fender over the tire with everything off the bike and it it fit over just fine. I should have done this with the stock 48 fender and will next time I take it off.
So what is different about the install well glad you asked. Since the tire is so wide you can't just roll it in there with the pulley and brake disk on. Normally you can just roll past the brake caliper but the wider tire hits even if you try to angle a bit. So if follow the order below it will fit just takes a few minutes more. And it really is just a few more steps
1. Remove all 5 disk bolts
2. Remove axle
3. Lift bike enough to get the spacers out and disk.
4. Remove the caliper. Now be very careful !!! Mine was on on so tight with so much red loctite that the threads came out with it. I have purchased a 12x1.25 to correct this but still annoying it happened anyway.
5. Remove the caliper bracket. I found it best to side it back towards the rim then angle it down so it comes out the bottom. There is nothing else holding it on but a light rubber mallet did help free it up.
6. Slide belt off rear pulley and remove wheel.

This is a standard Fat Bob rim that I believe was used until this year when they went with a black rim. I will have it powder coated and that will run around $100, so for me it will be $300 total. Not bad for a 180 rear.

The other option could be to remove the pulley, install wheel, than put it back on. My pulley threads are fine but seamed like they were tighter going in so I felt it better to go the route listed above.

I'm now fat and happy
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One other thing that did throw me for a loop at first is the tire direction arrow. I thought at first it would not work because the pulley bolt holes were to small. I then remembered that the twincam trans is on the other side. I know this should have been common knowledge but I didn't think about it at first and thought i was not gonna work. Now I will need to switch the tire around but I will do that when its coated.


The arrow shows the tire is on backwards, so you just need to switch it around
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