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STEVOMERCKX
18th April 2006, 03:56
is it possible to put a 16" wheel on the front of the sportster? kinda like the old school bobber choppers.

kjwrad
18th April 2006, 04:23
Good question. I have wondered about that for a while too. I hope you (we) get some good answers about it. i like that look also.

4banger
18th April 2006, 04:27
Yea I've seen it done, you need wider forks of course and I don't know if you could make the stock ones wider or if you would need to go to a wide glide front end. The one I remember was a mini bagger made for a girl and it was pretty nice looking.

Takingabreak
18th April 2006, 04:30
You mean like a Fatster?(A Fat boy front end), yes it can be done, but you need the front end unit to do it.
A 150mm tire will not fit in a Narrow front end.

Or, I guess if you were to get a set of Wide glide tree's, you could still use your fork tubes ans sliders. Might be a challenge to find a fender that will work, but I think it could be done like that.

It sure would be a lot of work.

BobboJama
18th April 2006, 17:50
YUP, It can be done... You have to go with wide trees..

http://1983ironhead-xlx.50megs.com/index.html

HaDee75
18th April 2006, 21:29
It can be done easily. Get wide trees, use the stock legs. Put a fat tire in. Cut front fender in half, put a strip in and weld, sand, grind, whatever you have to...

Get it repainted and done!!!

Or buy a bigger front fender. But if you are really into bob-style...

no no on the front fender :)

deadskull
11th June 2006, 06:58
most wide glide front ends are 41 mm forks, while the narrow glides are 39 mm. check your fitment before buying a WG setup. ps, i am doing just this right now, fatboy front wheel with WG setup, custom trees, etc. no front fender, powdercoat black everything...pics to come

chrishajer
11th June 2006, 08:25
YUP, It can be done... You have to go with wide trees..

http://1983ironhead-xlx.50megs.com/index.html
:why

What's with that link? I keep getting different stuff when I click it (it keeps refreshing.) The first time, some audio came on and scared the cr:censorap out of me. It's 1:20 in the AM here!

What's up with that?

--Chris

HaDee75
11th June 2006, 10:35
Weird link yeah, is blocked by our corporate firewall...

And where are those pictures???

Pictures, i want pictures...

deadskull
22nd June 2006, 19:19
:smoke heres the pics as promised. I can say without a doubt, this is the best looking thing i have ever seen done to a sportster. i have dubbed her (him?) Papa Chubby...now bear in mind, there is more to come, the fat bars are almost done, there will be an internal throttle and foot clutch with suicide shift, so there will be NOTHING on the handlebars area. again, pics later for that...oh, by the way, im having troubles posting pics, i can email them to someone who could be so kind as to post them for me, that would be great. thanks

chrishajer
22nd June 2006, 19:20
PM me and I will give you my email and post them for you. I'd like to see it.

--Chris

DOTapproved
22nd June 2006, 19:35
I have a 16" on mine with a FL front end.

deadskull
22nd June 2006, 19:47
i stand corrected...damn. that is a nice sporty. id love to see more detailed shots of that. hows it handle with the FL front end? is it a factory FL front end, or a conversion for sportsters? damn nice my friend...damn nice.well done indeed!:cheers

DOTapproved
22nd June 2006, 19:58
i stand corrected...damn. that is a nice sporty. id love to see more detailed shots of that. hows it handle with the FL front end? is it a factory FL front end, or a conversion for sportsters? damn nice my friend...damn nice.well done indeed!:cheers

Its a factory FL front end. It rides awesome and gives it an Old Skool/Beach Crusier look.
I took and stretched the frame 5 inches just a lil extra past stock on the rack.

I will get some more detailed pics of it. I built it back in 2000 and very seldom ride it.

Thanks for the props,
Bob

chrishajer
22nd June 2006, 20:01
From deadskull:

http://www.chrishajer.com/bike/XLF/sporty006.jpg

http://www.chrishajer.com/bike/XLF/sporty008.jpg

http://www.chrishajer.com/bike/XLF/sporty009.jpg

http://www.chrishajer.com/bike/XLF/sporty010.jpg

http://www.chrishajer.com/bike/XLF/sporty013.jpg

chrishajer
22nd June 2006, 20:02
Hope I didn't make the pics too small. That looks badass. I love the Fatboy wheels and the black all over.

--Chris

Roadster_Rider
22nd June 2006, 20:02
From deadskull:

http://www.chrishajer.com/bike/XLF/sporty006.jpg

http://www.chrishajer.com/bike/XLF/sporty008.jpg

http://www.chrishajer.com/bike/XLF/sporty009.jpg

http://www.chrishajer.com/bike/XLF/sporty010.jpg

http://www.chrishajer.com/bike/XLF/sporty013.jpg

Now THAT looks AWESOME:clap :clap :clap :clap :clap

DOTapproved
22nd June 2006, 20:07
That Looks Rowdy and yet very simple. Nice looking scoot!

deadskull
22nd June 2006, 20:08
thanks, chris....thanks for the compliments as well. its going to be slowly transformed with a few more little details, but the basic shape is there now. the bars will be different, Im having a seat made for me as we speak (pascal from Riff raff leather)(aka the bootmaker to the stars), so that'll change the look a little too. I cant wait for the seat...

DOTapproved
22nd June 2006, 20:13
thanks, chris....thanks for the compliments as well. its going to be slowly transformed with a few more little details, but the basic shape is there now. the bars will be different, Im having a seat made for me as we speak (pascal from Riff raff leather)(aka the bootmaker to the stars), so that'll change the look a little too. I cant wait for the seat...

Any motor work?

It looks so tuff (Mad Max Style).

deadskull
22nd June 2006, 20:17
nope, right now bone stock 883. i am looking into having a 1250 kit made for me from Axtell, with cams, head work, etc...the usual stuff. my boss is trying to get me to go crazy with it and do a 99 ci. conversion, but im not gonna go crazy, i just want it to be quick, not scary...i am still not sure what i want to do yet. i wanted to get the look down first, then i can do the motor work. im just getting it ready for when we do shows, etc. and to put it up on our website later.

Roadster_Rider
22nd June 2006, 20:18
nope, right now bone stock 883. i am looking into having a 1250 kit made for me from Axtell, with cams, head work, etc...the usual stuff. my boss is trying to get me to go crazy with it and do a 99 ci. conversion, but im not gonna go crazy, i just want it to be quick, not scary...i am still not sure what i want to do yet. i wanted to get the look down first, then i can do the motor work. im just getting it ready for when we do shows, etc. and to put it up on our website later.

tell your boss to give you the raise to cover the 99" conversion and you'll do it lmao

DOTapproved
22nd June 2006, 20:24
nope, right now bone stock 883. i am looking into having a 1250 kit made for me from Axtell, with cams, head work, etc...the usual stuff. my boss is trying to get me to go crazy with it and do a 99 ci. conversion, but im not gonna go crazy, i just want it to be quick, not scary...i am still not sure what i want to do yet. i wanted to get the look down first, then i can do the motor work. im just getting it ready for when we do shows, etc. and to put it up on our website later.

I finally did motor work this year. NRHS 1250, XB stage 3 heads etc.... I was more into looks vs. performance @ first also. Good Luck with everything, it's a awesome looking scoot.

VETRAN
22nd June 2006, 21:07
...if it would be possible to lace a rear rim to a front hub and do this???:dunno

deadskull
22nd June 2006, 21:19
you want laced front and back 16" wheels? just geta set of heritage style wheels, they are both 16" and laced already for ya

VETRAN
22nd June 2006, 23:40
you want laced front and back 16" wheels? just geta set of heritage style wheels, they are both 16" and laced already for ya
And they will fit a Sporty???

snowman
23rd June 2006, 02:19
most wide glide front ends are 41 mm forks, while the narrow glides are 39 mm. check your fitment before buying a WG setup. ps, i am doing just this right now, fatboy front wheel with WG setup, custom trees, etc. no front fender, powdercoat black everything...pics to come

Saw the pics and the bike rocks!!!! Are the front tubes 39 or 41mm? Which wheel did you use on the front and did it require a bearing change? Are the trees stock rake? :banana:banana:banana

deadskull
23rd June 2006, 07:36
its 41 mm, standard wide glide, in fact i used old wide glide forks and lowers, just cut off the fender mounts before powdercoating them. the bearings were tapered rollers, again, standard stuff. the axle I used was an exile hidden hardware type, so no axle bolts show, its hidden inside those little caps. really nice and clean. the trees are 3 degrees out, i knew the longer fork tubes would need a tiny bit of room, plus it just sits right. as far as the neck bearings, i used the ones i took out of my old factory trees, i only had to space (shim) the bottom section to clear the lower section of the neck. all said, it was fairly easy. the fatboy wheel (I used one from a 99) has the same axle (3/4" i think) as the wide glide, just make sure you cut the correct spacers to fit it just right

deadskull
23rd June 2006, 07:44
And they will fit a Sporty???
you will need to change out the front end, similar to mine, in order to make the rim fit. the 16" will not fit in the narrowglide front end. contact me if your interested, i can get you set up with everything you'll need to do the conversion, including a wheel and tire if you like

chrishajer
23rd June 2006, 17:07
... just cut off the fender mounts before powdercoating them.
I noticed that and it makes a big difference, especially when you're not running the fender. I mean, if you're not going to run a fender, chop off the mounts! No fear.

--Chris

diabloblanco
7th November 2008, 09:01
Are there any front ends from other hd's that I can bolt on instead of buying a kit? I can get a 41mm wide glide front end (complete with tree's) for a good price.