how wide can I go ?

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by alford 56, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. alford 56

    alford 56 Member

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    2004 sporty's have a wider rear tire than previous years. My question is, how much wider can I go on the stock rim before fit and clearance become a problem?
     
  2. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Generally you can usually go up one size which amounts to 10mm split in width and height which is about 1/2"...doesn't seem like much, but you have to check and be sure that there is fender clearance and the wire loom tucked up under there for your tail/license lighting out back. Use your hand and a flash light to see if there is existing "scuffing", and consider suspension travel compressed or if bike was lowered. Also while in operation, that a tire expands a bit at speed. Use the following chart as a guide.

    http://www.hdtalking.com/brakes_tires_and_wheels/24993-wheel_and_tire_sizes.html