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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-10-2019, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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2018 Road Glide Big Front Wheel

Can someone tell me what the largest size wheel I can put on a 2018 Road Glide Special without re-doing the whole front end?
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-10-2019, 03:22 PM
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21s would set off th at front end nicely instead of stock OEM...meh.
Those 21s and BARS would look killer...

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Welcome, 21” wheel is as big as you would want to go, after that you’d have to get a Neck Kit.


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I’ve got a 23 with no rake. It’s totally fine to me.
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I’ve got a 23 with no rake. It’s totally fine to me.
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Opinions vary, but I think it's generally accepted by pro builders that a 21" is a straight swap, a 23" can be a straight swap but handling will benefit greatly from at least installing a raked triple tree, lots of guys use the one from a trike which is believe is 7 degree. Some say that you should also rake the head before installing a 23". Anything larger (26/30/32) definitely need raked neck and raked trees. Here's Paul Yaffee from Bagger Nation on the subject:

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PS: If you put a 21" on and plan to use the original fender, you'll want to elongate the fender mounting holes just a wee bit so that you can move the fender back a hair which will eliminate any chance of the tire rubbing the fender. If you are thinking of changing the fender over to something more streamlined, check out Klockwerks. They offer quite a few style options, the correct mounting blocks, and a finely finished fender that you're painter will hardly have to touch before spraying. Have fun with this mod, it'll change the look of your bike for the better.

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PS: If you put a 21" on and plan to use the original fender, you'll want to elongate the fender mounting holes just a wee bit so that you can move the fender back a hair which will eliminate any chance of the tire rubbing the fender. If you are thinking of changing the fender over to something more streamlined, check out Klockwerks. They offer quite a few style options, the correct mounting blocks, and a finely finished fender that you're painter will hardly have to touch before spraying. Have fun with this mod, it'll change the look of your bike for the better.
Do you just elongate the rear holes and move it forward a bit or all four and move it up a bit? Plan on going 21 in the near future.

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Do you just elongate the rear holes and move it forward a bit or all four and move it up a bit? Plan on going 21 in the near future.


On the 15+ road glides you can’t just elongate the holes. You either needs brackets to lift entire fender up 1” or a new fender designed for a 21” wheel.


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On the 15+ road glides you can’t just elongate the holes. You either needs brackets to lift entire fender up 1” or a new fender designed for a 21” wheel.


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