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It's growing on me (paint)
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Ironheads are smaller than Evos, especially older ones with the forged frames. Oh, an no ironhead should have a 16” rear wheel!
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Hi Brit.

That's how she came, picked up last month
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^^^ don't sweat it.all XL's came with the 16'' rear wheel begining in late'79.
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Thanks Bruce,

I was feeling uncool.

My '03 is 18"
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do you know how that came to be? the 18'' on the '03. i have an'03 XL 16'' rear.
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Pretty sure previous owner swapped things around. Front caliper is a Wilwood also.
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I put some 10 1/2" shocks on my 81. I'm 200 and don't have a problem bottoming out. I think the stock shock made the bike sit up like a dirt bike.
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I put some 10 1/2" shocks on my 81. I'm 200 and don't have a problem bottoming out. I think the stock shock made the bike sit up like a dirt bike.
I didn't look at the brand of 10.5" shock the previous had on there. It was a very hard ride, little travel

A better shock might have made the ride ok, I like the look of the 12.5" myself.
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