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Offline taz95dog

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Re: Hooking up a Softail
« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2016, 07:52:48 AM »
  I have a 2002 fatboy. bike is running a avon 150.  what is the biggest tire I can run with a stock swing arm ?  I know i'll need a wider rim. thanks...bill... :beer:
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Re: Hooking up a Softail
« Reply #26 on: October 24, 2016, 05:23:26 AM »
We used to use an 18" x 5.5" wheel and an Avon 180 tire, after modifying the caliper and offsetting the pulley. Really filled the fender. Don't know if that tire is still available.
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Re: Hooking up a Softail
« Reply #27 on: October 24, 2016, 06:24:52 AM »
  I have a 2002 fatboy. bike is running a avon 150.  what is the biggest tire I can run with a stock swing arm ?  I know i'll need a wider rim. thanks...bill... :beer:
  Shinko makes a soft compound 150 series tire, I put one on my ol ladys 2000 FX Springer, it does a good job hooking up!... Built 95" motor

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Re: Hooking up a Softail
« Reply #28 on: October 24, 2016, 09:24:26 AM »
Any tire bigger than a 160 is going to take some work to fit ............ 160 is pretty tight!  :beer: a Shinko Hook up tire should do the job for you ........

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Re: Hooking up a Softail
« Reply #29 on: October 24, 2016, 01:51:22 PM »
    thanks for the info, i'll have to look at what is involved in modifying the brake caliper on getting the pulley lined up. maybe the 160 is the way to go. lots of good info here... :up:
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