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Old 18th April 2006
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Default 16" tire on the front?

is it possible to put a 16" wheel on the front of the sportster? kinda like the old school bobber choppers.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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YUP, It can be done... You have to go with wide trees..

http://1983ironhead-xlx.50megs.com/index.html
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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
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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
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YUP, It can be done... You have to go with wide trees..

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


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 crap out of me. It's 1:20 in the AM here!

What's up with that?

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Weird link yeah, is blocked by our corporate firewall...

And where are those pictures???

Pictures, i want pictures...
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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
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