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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-06-2013, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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23" or 26" front wheel

im looking into raking my bike, but id like some feed back on it. I looked at arlen ness ko trees. they are gonna give me a 11 deg rake. With that ill be able to run a 23" or 26", but not sure yet. anyone have pros and cons about this. is bigger really better?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-06-2013, 03:12 PM
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I asked about the Ness trees on chopped baggers and got a big fat NO. That was all I needed to hear. If you are going to chop the neck regardless do a 26" but I think there is a lot more involved in getting a bike with a 26" to look right than a 23". With a 26" I am of the opinion that you need to do extended bags and rear fender at the same time as the elongated and lengthened profile really lends itself to a 26". The same is true for a 23" but it is not as big a deal as the wheel is not quite so massive.

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From my research, it seems that you can just change trees to run a 23 (Pickards are highly recommended), but have to rake the neck to run a 26. Trees can be swapped back to stock if you ever wanted to, but chopping the neck is a more permanent commitment for what that's worth, not to mention the added expense and it's less of a DIY mod.
I also agree with Drew that you need to go all-in for the 26 to look right, but I'm sure if you're considering the big wheel you've already thought of that.

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I plan on doing a 23" with the Pickard trees on my ride, just need the parts and money. I'll try and get some pics when doing the mods as time allows. Right now I am waiting on trees and springs from Pickard. I am sure I can find a 23' wheel around here.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-06-2013, 06:11 PM
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26. Chop it. 9* trees 9* weld on kit. Only way to go.

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