Ok so I previously received a set of chrome wheels that I adapted and put on my 2002 sportster and placed my stock wheels in storage. My girlfriend recently bought a 05 sportster and I was going to powerdcoat my old stock wheels black so we can black her bike out. (her bike has spokes on it and we both aren’t the biggest fans of them)
I have no issue with making the front wheel work but I have one with the rear. There are a few options I have and I wanted to get someone else's opinion before I moved forward with one of them or maybe someone can enlighten me with a better way.
First off the issue is that the 02 wheel had a 3/4" axle while the 05" had a 1" axle.
Now I can solve the problem by getting 1” bearings but then I would run into another issue. The 1” inner wheel spacer will not fit into the 02 sportster wheel that was made for the ¾” axle. Now I could have the inside of the wheel machine to accept the larger 1" wheel spacer (the metal tube that goes on the inside of the wheel). And then the wheel would work fine.
Another option is to buy a 3/4" axle and spacers fit the wheel. But I would also have to buy new wheel adjusters and I would have to find some sort of wheel spacer that had a 3/4" ID and 1" OD to fit between the axle and the brake caliper mount.
Another option which seems skeptical to me that someone told me they have done is just get new 1" id bearings and run the wheel without an inner wheel spacer. They would require no other work but I would think the weight on the bearings would cause them to wear out way faster.
The new style bearings are pressed in till they bottom out right? I don't know how bearing preload is established on the new ones but on the old school tapered bearings that spacer had a few set lengths to determine preload. I would check the books to make sure.
I had the same problem when I put a softail wheel on my 06 this year. I too was gonna "let it go" without the inner spacer and see what happened - but I knew the answer already - without the inner support on the bearing surface the sideloads will wear the bearings out much faster than I wanted to mess with.
So, keeping the 1" axle, I bored out the wheel myself with a dremel too and some patience to match the outside diameter of the inner spacer. If I weren't so hard headed, a machine shop could have done this easily.
I'm putting a 2001 fxd 3/4 inch rear mag on a 05 1200c sporty. Seems like the fix is putting in 1 inch 05 xl bearings after reaming the wheel to accept the 1 inch internal wheel spacer. Anybody have a part number for that 1 inch internal wheel spacer??
Thanks for the info !! Flagstaff Arizona here.. my other bike is a 2000 Buell M2 with lots of work.. open 2 into 1 race megaphone, Andrew n4's and many other parts.. lots of fun but not very compfy on the road as I'm 57 years old.. so I recently bought a 2005 1200c with 1,100 miles on it and making it my travel bike Appo
Thanks for the boost of confidence hatter, I was already set on going that route and since you have already done it I am not skeptical ne more. All it will cost me now is a 12 pack to my friend for the machining and the wheels will be ready to mount
Originally Posted by Appo
Anybody have a part number for that 1 inch internal wheel spacer??
The part number is OEM # 43517-00 and the JP CYCLE # 201-144
And Thanks for the welcoming BOB, I will search the forum more vigorously for answers before I create a new post in the future.