Question about 1979 Harley Davidson XLH 1000 Sportster

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I would like info on where I can find wide tire frame or swingarm 4 72 ironhead sporty. jim

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I bought a 160/80 16 from Grape Valley Coppers in Masterton about $150.00 Ph 0272557932 063702213 put it on a 6" rim had to off set spockets and modified caliper also offset shock mounts
It fitted inside the swingarm with a little stretching not much clearances but seems to go all right

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Check with JP Cycles.

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I would think that you'd have to at least replace everything from the swingarm back but this may result in a misalignment of the front and rear final drive belt pullies. There's more to installing a fat tire than simply cramming it under there. Harley may have went to the narrower belt on the Sporty like they did on the Big Twins. Having never done this, I'm really not in a position to advise you on it.

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Uneven clearance top of swingarm to frame ,3 - 4mm r/h side 10 - 12mm l/h side 09 softail standard - been told by dealer is within specs but I am not convinced


I do know the Softail does have an offset but I don't know how much and to what direction. To find out for sure, you'll need a service manual for your bike with a frame drawing in it. It will tell you what the offset is as well as alignment points you can check. But, unless the bike has been badly wrecked, you're swingarm is probably correct. Do you have any reason to believe that it isn't other than just looking at it? If you look at an early FLH, you'll see that the rear wheel is not in the center of the fender but it is centered on the frame.

The way a Softail swing arm is connected to the frame, there is not much way for it to be out of alignment unless the bike has been subject to a very hard lick from the side. The swingarm of a Softail is mounted much strudier and is tougher than say a Wide Glide.

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I have a 1993 vulcan that needs new tires. I have the front wheel off no problem, but I don't even know where to start taking the rear apart. Would appreciate any expert advice.


Easy as pie. Put bike on center stand or use swingarm stand. Remove nut from rear axle. Remove pinch bolt from rear axle, and pull axle out. Take spacer from between frame and rear brake. Remove brake strut, and brake caliper. Pull wheel out of final drive, and lower to floor. You might have to let the air out of the tire to get it out from between the final drive and swingarm. After changing the rear tire inflate it to seat the bead, deflate to get back in place, then reinflate. Put some grease on the splines in the final drive before reinstalling the wheel, this will make it easier for the next change.

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Rear wheel assembly for flstc 1994 rear wheel is not centring,too far over to the left, drive belt is rubbing on wheel


Unless someone has changed a spacer or something , the rear wheel should be centered with the frame, not necessarily the swingarm. The rear brake caliper bracket acts as the spacer on the right side and there is a spacer on the left side. This spacer on the left side should be just short enough to get into the swingarm without a lot of excess space once installed. You should not be squeezing your swingarm more than 0.125 inch or so.

Now, there are other things that will cause the tire to rub the final drive belt. Too wide tire will do this. The '94 models used the old style wide belts unlike the narrower belt used by the later models. If you install a like is on a later model, it's too wide and will probably rub. The next reason for tire belt interference is the rear tire not being adjusted correctly and it is not under the bike straight. Adjust the rear wheel by measuring the length of the adjuster bolt relative to the axle. These measurements should be the same on both sides of the swingarm. If you can't do that, find something about six feet long that you can use as a straight edge to check the alignment of the rear wheel to the front wheel. Keep in mind that there is an offset designed into the front wheel. Just make sure that the rear wheel is as straight relative to the frame as you can get it.

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