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I have a 2001 Sportster but want to use 1993 Sportster 9 spoke mag wheels. Can I use the 1993 wheel spacers and 2001 left brake caliper for the 1993 9 spoke single disc mag wheel?

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On this one, I'm not absolutely positive but I think Harley changed the diameter of the axles in 2000. Check the diameter of the axles or compare the part numbers for the wheel bearings. If they're different part numbers, that's probably the reason, they changed the size of the axle. Now, can you adapt the wheel to your application, maybe be you'd have to have the hub machined to accept the larger bearings.

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Remove brake caliper mounting screws from where they mount on the front forks. Slide caliper off brake disc and secure caliper
out of the way. Do not operate the front brake lever with the front wheel
removed or the caliper pistons may be forced out. Reseating the pistons requires disassembly of the caliper. On models with dual disc brakes, remove both calipers.

Remove axle nut lockwasher and flat washer from axle on left side of vehicle.

On right side of vehicle, loosen nut on pinch screw. Pull axle out of hub while supporting wheel.

Remove spacer and front wheel assembly.

Keep track of where each of the different size spacer went so you can put the back in the same order when reassembling.

For reinstall, you should get a manual as you will need to get torc specs. and other spacing and assemble instructions.

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Hello my dad has a 1100 sporster any way we took the front tire off and we should of marked how every thang goes back togeather we cant get the tire back on right anyone have any answers what side the...

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