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Old 17th February 2012
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So I've got this basket case, a Wyatt Gatling frame from V-Twin MFG.
The catalog states it has 40 degrees rake, 1 inch stretch. The guy I picked it up from seemed to think it had 5 inches of stretch. He didn't do any work to the frame so I'm thinking he miss-remembered. Any way I can confirm the stretch?

Next question... I'd like to keep the front end low. Any recommendations on what length forks I should use (i.e. +1,+4, -2 ?) and still have something that looks good and rides great?

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I added 5 degree raked cups to my bike and did not change fork length. I suspect somewhere around 31 inches(stock) ought to be about right but I do not have 40 degrees of rake I think.
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So I've got this basket case, a Wyatt Gatling frame from V-Twin MFG.
The catalog states it has 40 degrees rake, 1 inch stretch. The guy I picked it up from seemed to think it had 5 inches of stretch. He didn't do any work to the frame so I'm thinking he miss-remembered. Any way I can confirm the stretch?

Next question... I'd like to keep the front end low. Any recommendations on what length forks I should use (i.e. +1,+4, -2 ?) and still have something that looks good and rides great?

Thanks
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Call the manufacturer and ask them where to measure it, and what it should read to be in their spec.
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So I called Wyatt Gatling and wrote V-Twin MFG (the sellers of the frame). Wyatt told me that they don't have the dimensions of the frame, that they are just the catalog support. When asked where I could possibly get the figures he said he didn't know. I asked about V-Twin MFG support and he said they wouldn't talk to me unless I was a dealer. V-Twin MFG has not responded to my emails. Sheesh... great support guys!

He did suggest it was probably the specs listed in the catalog as he didn't know of special ordered frames. So going with that for now.
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So got the cup bearing finally in and put on a 6" over fork and 21" wheel. Slid the tubes up the triples until I got the look I liked. Looks to be somewhere between stock and 1" over. Don't know how rake and trail are yet as there aren't any tires on it yet.
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