Looking like a badass is not the only reason to install a wide wheel on the front of your Harley touring model, but it is certainly the most fun one. Wide wheels not only give you major street cred; they also offer more protection against slippage in wet conditions, provide a smoother ride and are highly capable of handling powerful engines.
That said, there are size limits to how wide you can go – with and without making modifications. Here, we tell you everything you need to know about the widest wheel that can fit on the front of your Harley.
What Is The Widest Wheel Size I Can Fit On The Front Of My Motorcycle Without Modifications?
While Harley touring models are well suited to wide wheels, they have limitations just like anything else. The widest wheel that will fit on these bikes is a 5.5” wide rim that runs a 180mm wide tire.
As long as you run a normal 21” wheel with a width of up to 3.25”, you will not need to make any modifications aside from possibly lifting the fender. The fender may need to be relocated depending on the model year.
What Is The Widest Wheel Size I Can Fit On The Front Of My Motorcycle With Modifications?
It is the distance between the fork leg that makes going wider than 180mm impossible. Trying to overcome this limitation by using a rake kit to run a 30, 26 or 23 x 5.5” Bulldog series wheel will not allow a wider tire. Instead, it will correct the steering for the larger diameter of the wheel assembly.
Mainly Meant For Touring Models
Older model Harley-Davidson motorcycles including FXRs, Sportsters and Dynas run a narrow glide front end. A wide wheel will not work on these; it is impossible to fit the 5.5” rim between the forks, let alone the tire. Wide tires are really meant for touring bikes.
However, wide wheels can fit on some of the cruisers with wide glide front ends, so if you own one of these motorcycles, you may be in good shape.
We Have Any Size Wheel You Need
Getting a wide wheel for your Harley-Davidson touring motorcycle is easy once you have determined that this upgrade will work on your bike. FLEXPAY works with the industry’s top motorcycle part manufacturers including SMT Machining. The company designs and manufactures custom motorcycle wheels milled from aircraft-grade, 6061-T6 billet, American-made aluminum. You can choose from polished, triple chrome-plated or double-cut gloss black.
Getting approved for INTEREST-FREE financing through FLEXPAY is EZ as 1-2-3 and is possible even with poor credit. If you are earning an income, chances are, your application will be approved. Plus, you will receive an approval within 24 to 48 hours. With this quick turnaround time, you can get your parts faster and start showing off your tough new look in no time!
FLEXPAY is a better way to pay than traditional financing, credit cards and layaway. You can get your motorcycle wheels and parts from world-class manufacturers including SMT Machining, Bad Dad, Fat Katz and American Suspension before you pay in full.
You will start by filling out our convenient, secure 5-minute application. From there:
- Put 1/3 of your motorcycle parts order down and we will start processing your order.
- Pay another 1/3 of your order when your order is ready to ship in about 8-10 weeks.
- You can spread the balance out over the next 3-6 months INTEREST-FREE!
Get ready to ride the toughest Harley-Davidson motorcycle in town when you upgrade to a wide front wheel you purchased through FLEXPAY.