What is necessary for the 23"?

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AKPrice

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What all has to be done to do the 23? I know you should do the rake kit and something with the fender, But any guys out there that didnt rake it at first and road around for a while then did it or didnt do it at all?
 

Bill

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You have a few options:

-No Rake
-Trike Trees
-No-Cut Trees
-Cut, Rake, and Trees

All of them will fit a 23," what your willing to deal with may not be the same as someone else. If you want the bike to still handle well do option 3 or 4.
 

Bill

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I believe the Trike Trees are 7 degrees, 3 degrees over stock.

Not sure how it would handle with a 21, you should try it and let us know :)

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Classic$98

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how much rake is in the trike trees and what do they cost? will they work OK just for a 21"?
Trike trees are a waste of time. They may lighten the feel of the front end a little but thats about it on a 23". They won't improve handling anrd may harm it. The trees native sells are 12 degrees. Paul has tried and like them. There is no need for them on a 21". It really won't help the bike look any different either as they have only 2 or 2.5 degrees over stock trees, I can't remember.
 

ramnj

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how much rake is in the trike trees and what do they cost? will they work OK just for a 21"?
You do not need trees if your going with a 21". Depending on your height, you might need to lower your front end, but no trees. I'm 5'11" and have a 21" on my SG and its not lowered. However, I'm going to possibly lower the front in order to bring it back to the original bike height.

Just trying to make up my mind if I'll go 23" or 26" before I make the decision.
 

ramnj

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And like dbell66253 said, the bike handles just fine with no issues. I have read on other sites of people not liking how the bike handled after they went to a 21", but I personally found no problems at all.
 

heavyhitters

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Man I'm so sick of ppl trying to do this half ass . Man u are ridings a 20,000 plus motorcycles . When Harley-Davidson made the frame they made it with the right trail ## and such so that the bike rides good . So when put other size wheels on our bikes why would u not want the ## right on the frame so it trails right . Why be cheap and just do trees for 800 to 1300 hell your half way there just do the frame and do it right why spend 1500 $$ plus on a wheel and tire to have the bike ride like crap I just don't get it . MAN YOUR ON A [email protected]#$ING HARLEY-DAVIDSON NOT A RICE ROCKET spend the money and make it right
 

yardsale

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slothy turned me on to this site when I asked a similar question about the front-end on his bike. This question is going to continue to be asked a million times. It would probably be a good idea to consolidate a few posts that have already been made and describe the different approaches by good, better, best; list the advantages and disadvantages of each, and finally, make it a sticky post front-and-center.

I agree the frame rake is the best option but when I started my project two months ago, I was planning on spending around $6,000. I'm getting close to 3x that now. Not everybody has that option. Even with putting this kind of money into my bike, I still opted to just do trees (for now) because the reputable indie shops I know about in my area are closed for the winter. I can't weld for s**t and I also wasn't going to hand my brand new bike over to just anybody. Everybody has different motives, money or otherwise and we've all got to start somewhere. Just sayin'
 

ramnj

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Man I'm so sick of ppl trying to do this half ass . Man u are ridings a 20,000 plus motorcycles . When Harley-Davidson made the frame they made it with the right trail ## and such so that the bike rides good . So when put other size wheels on our bikes why would u not want the ## right on the frame so it trails right . Why be cheap and just do trees for 800 to 1300 hell your half way there just do the frame and do it right why spend 1500 $$ plus on a wheel and tire to have the bike ride like crap I just don't get it . MAN YOUR ON A [email protected]#$ING HARLEY-DAVIDSON NOT A RICE ROCKET spend the money and make it right
Dude, is it that time of the month??
 

dbell66253

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Classic, thanks for reminding me that the OP was asking due to being new, I thought I was missing something. I don't think I'll be going any larger, if I did then I would do the research on what degree of rake for the size I would go.
 

Zach

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I like the idea of putting together a "how to" list of putting a 26" on and making it a sticky. Maybe one of the experts like Camtech or Native Customs could lay out a post. After seeing a couple of Road Glides with the 26 upfront it sure has me thinking hard about it. Even just a parts list would be helpful. Something like "Want a 26", you'll need these parts"

Wheel
Rotor(s)
Tire
Fender
Rake kit
12 degree trees
+2 fork legs
1" lowering kit
Fairing angle correction

I don't know if that list is accurate, just giving an example of what one of the experts might be able to put together in their "free time" LOL.

Zach
 

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