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I see I can buy a 5 degree rake triple tree that is also wider I would like some opinions on if it is the right way to go.
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What is it your trying to do? What do you want to end up with?
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Ok, Here is what I know:

Raked triple trees are NOT an inexpensive way to give your bike " That raked look"
Raked triple trees are intended to CORRECT the TRAIL when a frame is raked more than 38 degrees.
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Others may have different opinions but here's my experience... Up to 4 degrees you'll notice that the bike slower in tight turns but more stable on the road. W/ my first sporty my setup was +4 deg wide glide front end and 11" rear suspension. Beyond that setup I cannot comment.

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yep, looked into this a while ago.. it will bust up your handling if you have raked trees. they are meant to correct your trail when you rake the neck. id love to rake out my frame, but i dont want to do anything to the bike that wont let me take it back to stock.
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yep, looked into this a while ago.. it will bust up your handling if you have raked trees. they are meant to correct your trail when you rake the neck. id love to rake out my frame, but i dont want to do anything to the bike that wont let me take it back to stock.
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It will not bust your handling up as long as your still in positive numbers,

Just makes handling slightly slower at lower speeds, but once up to speed the difference is NOT even noticable, my experience 4* on stock frames is about max before you need to add longer legs and you start adding longer or more positive trail to your bike, which is just as bad as too little trail.. 4-6"of trail is ideal for a sporty to handle well (STOCK)...you still can handle even when you go down to mid 3's or 1.25" of trail overall..


every bike responds differently and this can be done with some thought if done correctly..

you will get varying opinions on this whole subject, mostly from those who have never ridden a raked tree'd bike..
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ok, it wont ruin all of your handling, but too much trail hurts your slow handling, and not enough trail hurts your high speed stabilty.. that or the other way around. dont remember which is which, but it will affect your handling negatively if you go to far in either direction. the best thing to do is keep the trail close to what it is stock.

but like you said, i have no hands on experience with this, ive just read up on it...
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that said, do you have experience with raked trees? how raked? and how far over forks do you have?

cause if it doesnt throw off your low speed handling too much, id be interested in going that route. i have 6+ forks and my bike currently looks like im going to fall off the back!!
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if you want a chopper, I would just go the extra rought and build a chopper right.

I have 45* total rake at frame and none at the trees, I have just under 8" of trail and I LOVE IT!! anything above 25mph the steering is unbelievably stable and above 55 I can ride for hours without ever touching the bars except to adjust speed on hills. its like sitting on a giant lay-z-boy going down the road.

that said, I can still make a full U-turn in a standard 2-lane residential street without needing to put my feet on the ground. (this takes a little practice though)
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