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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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thoughts about 21 inch wheels

Im spending tons of time online and reading here since wrecking my bike a few weeks ago,its pretty much all i can do.So Ive started looking for my parts I need,and it looks like I might need a front wheel.So i started thinking about a 21 then i had alot of questions.Does it change the ride of my bike i have a 16 now.what do i need to do to make the swap?I love the stability of my bike will it change?Has anyone heard of southern mc wheels and what do the think about them?Does any one have pics of a 21 with stock fender
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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 07:37 PM
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Some people say that you must lower the front to bring it back to stock for the ride to be good. I put a 21" on and love the ride. I did not lower it. The only thing that really changes is parking lot speed maneuvering. Under 10mph you notice it. Other than that I think it's an improvement over stock. You can run it with a stock fender you only need to drill the back holes out a bit and tilt it. That easy. Here's a pic of mine.

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The ride will be a bit stiffer over stutter bumps, but overall I think they carve corners better (less sidewall flex). I haven't put my 21 back on my new bike yet and i miss the way it handled, I'll lower it an inch and install it once the snow flies. I too was very skeptical but I think it's a great move and you can't beat the look!

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Had one on my Road King & loved it. Like laxinharley said, there is some change but nothing drastic or even enough to change how you ride it. You'll enjoy it.

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I love mine, handles great. I have thought about going back to a smaller diameter, but it had nothing to do with the handling, I just saw a few bikes with rear tires up front and think it would be something different.

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The fender fills very nicely with a 21 incher. I highly recommend it.

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I really wish Harley made the agitator in a 21 I love that wheel.
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post #8 of 40 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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thanks guys,I'm looking at doing my front end next weekend
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Are you going to use the stock rotors or buy the matching design from whichever wheel company you use? Most of the time you'll need to use the wheel company's rotor bolts if you switch to their rotors. Most automatically include them, but don't forget to ask. Other than elongating the fender mount holes a little bit, it's a straight up swap. I'd highly recommend you consider doing the Progressive monotubes in the fork. Set it up to lower the front end 1" and that will pretty much get you back to where you started looks and handling wise, but the big gain is that the montubes transform the front end's ability to absorb stutter bumps and rough road surfaces in a corner. If you shop around they can be bought for around $260. (plus labor if not doing it yourself). Not absolutely necessary but you'll be very glad you did.

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Here's my 21". Love it.

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