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Old 22nd June 2005
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Default BOBBER PROJECT, How big of a rear tire can I fit???

Hey guys, I am in the middle of my sportster/bobber project and now comes the next step.. I have cut the fender struts off directly behind the top shock mount and have also removed the fender. The new fender will be swingarm mounted once I figure out tires and wheels. I have the bone stock cast 13spoke wheels and tires and want to know how much bigger of a tire wheel combo I can go on the front and back, I also removed the front fender and will be using stock forks/trees.. Can I fit a 140 tire? can I go bigger than 140?? If I have to space out the rear sprocket, I would do it if its not really expensive to do..

so how wide can I go for front and rear tires and rims?

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Im working on putting a 150 metz on mine (2002 883) right now..I think if you want to go that big your going to need a chain drive, and offset the front and read sprocket or use a dished rear sprocket. I am having a tough time gettin it to all fit but, it looks like its going to work. You might try and track down some of RottenRalphs posts. He talks about using a 150 with belt drive. Damn cool. Crim and some of the other guys have documented this alot on the sporster.org list as well..He has alot of good info in his posts. There are tidbits of good info thru-out the board here and over there, ya just gotta hunt em down..Like what Im doing right now..
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Hey guys, I am in the middle of my sportster/bobber project and now comes the next step.. I have cut the fender struts off directly behind the top shock mount and have also removed the fender. The new fender will be swingarm mounted once I figure out tires and wheels. I have the bone stock cast 13spoke wheels and tires and want to know how much bigger of a tire wheel combo I can go on the front and back, I also removed the front fender and will be using stock forks/trees.. Can I fit a 140 tire? can I go bigger than 140?? If I have to space out the rear sprocket, I would do it if its not really expensive to do..

so how wide can I go for front and rear tires and rims?
are you going to custom build the swingarm mount fender? if not, where can you buy this? i'd like the same but cannot find it and am not mechanical enough to build it myself.....
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uquackmeup wrote this article, supported by rottenralph. Although the article is about mounting the 150/80-16 on the '95 sporty, I found it correct when I did the same on my 2000 sporty. Bought the 3/8 spacer mentioned in the article and it worked perfect with my belt drive. Had to leave the brake pads out of the caliper; once I got the wheel onto the axle, just slipped them in.

http://www.geocities.com/when_pigs_fly_mc/880.html.htm

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MIne is a 93 with the same wide tire. They can run about 6 1/4th mounted and still fit. Need to read the article twice before starting. When done right you will have minimal belt clearance but all you need is a little.
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