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Hi guys, I bought this 21" front wheel from a dude and he said it would fit my 97 sportster. The problem is just by looking at it I don't think thats the case. I measured the width of the hub and its 7 inches where as the width on my stock sportsters front wheel (19") is like 6 inches.

I haven't got this thing up in the air yet to physically try to put it on. But I just wanted to ask in the mean time if anyone even recognize this wheel as belonging to a sportster and if not would is it worth it to try and make it work? I looked up whats stamped on the rim and had no luck, thought i'd try here. I am not even sure it's a sportster wheel but it definitely is HD.

The stamp on the rim reads: T 21-2.15 TLA DOT 11 83

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edit: I posted the photos here, not sure how to embed them https://imgur.com/a/UtWsp7j
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I think the 21" came off a Softail judging by the Numbers. If these are spoked wheels, Have the 21'' laced to your hub.
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Yeah from what I was looking up on the numbers it seemed like a softtail wheel as well. Kinda bummed the guy told me it would fit my sporty no problem. At least it was cheap, unfortunately I have a mag front wheel right now so I will just have to try and see if this works by pulling the wheel or find another wheel. Thanks!
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The wheel spacers are the same between mag and spokes of the same year models.


It looks like that wheel will throw the center line of the tire off.
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The picture of the wheel will not fit on your 1997 sporty. that is for a much older fx model
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I appreciate it, thank you!
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