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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-24-2016, 05:30 AM Thread Starter
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21" Front, how do I make it look right?

I want to put on a 21 up front, how do I keep the bike from looking like its going uphill all the time? I have been told that I have two options, a larger back wheel or drop the front 1". Are both of these options legit? Being as I have a 2017 I have been unable to find anyone who has stuff to drop the front. I'm a total noob to big wheels but I love the bigger front wheel. Any help would be appreciated.

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Drop it an inch up front. I believe the only difference in the 16 vs 17 is the internals. So I assume the progressive mono tube kit that drops it an inch would be what I looked into.
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Ive got a 16 RGS and I put a 21" front wheel on and I was also scared of the uphill look too but after I put it on it was not bad at all. Ive left it alone and no difference in the handling either, handles just like it did with the 19" wheel.
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I would be more concerned with retaining the handling of the bike. Larger diameter front wheel changes the steering geometry. Looking cool should be secondary to a safe ride.
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I would be more concerned with retaining the handling of the bike. Larger diameter front wheel changes the steering geometry. Looking cool should be secondary to a safe ride.
Handling of the bike dose not change if you lower the front one inch. I have 15,000 miles on my 2015 with the 21 inch wheel.


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Another option since you have a special is to raise the rear an inch with longer travel shocks. It will ride better. I have an ultra so I left mine alone. On my streetglide I lowered the front 1" with a progressive drop in kit. It rode ok but was a little stiffer than I would have liked. As a bonus you won't drag hard parts as often in the corners.
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I would be more concerned with retaining the handling of the bike. Larger diameter front wheel changes the steering geometry. Looking cool should be secondary to a safe ride.
Looking cool is ALWAYS secondary to safety for me. I don't assume changing things will mean that it handles the same. That's part of why I'm doing the homework now and now just throwing parts and money at it. I already think the bike looks amazing from the factory, I'm just looking to maybe put my own spin on it.
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Looking cool is ALWAYS secondary to safety for me. I don't assume changing things will mean that it handles the same. That's part of why I'm doing the homework now and now just throwing parts and money at it. I already think the bike looks amazing from the factory, I'm just looking to maybe put my own spin on it.
The 21" wheel did change the handling a bit on my 2015. But don't take this as a negative. Yes, it feels a bit slower to turn in and it seems to take a heavier hand in pushing and keeping the lean, but it handles as well as stock and is not the same as seriously raking the front end chopper style to run a 21". With the Progressive monotubes, Super Shox, and True-Track, I seem to have more lean angle and less scraping. Very happy with my 21" front. Note that I also have a 17" rear with a 200mm width tire.

twowheeladdict is correct in his statement and part of looking cool is having all the support pieces in place so that any change you make is done right to begin with. Good to see you doing your homework first!
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The 21" wheel did change the handling a bit on my 2015. But don't take this as a negative. Yes, it feels a bit slower to turn in and it seems to take a heavier hand in pushing and keeping the lean
The harder at keeping the lean might have just as much to do with your much wider tire then stock in rear. I have similar suspension setup in mine but -1" monotubes with 21" up front & stock rear with supershox. Mine handles way better then stock but i'm not giving credit to the 21", credit goes to suspension upgrade for sure. Like my pal 08Zinc said that keeping stock height with a 21" definitely increases clearance in turns so definitely more lean angle then stock wheel & if you saw his bike in person you'd see how nice it looks too. Mine with -1 & 21" might even sit slightly higher then stock so I haven't noticed any loss of clearance, some drop it -2" with a 21"
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21" fits under stock fender no prob?


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