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Old 04-09-2020, 06:52 AM
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Substituting an 16" rear wheel for a 18" question

I would like to change the rear wheel on my stock 1977 shovel from 16x3 to 18x3 or 3.5

(Im not sure if there is even a 18x3 ?!?!?).

but, honestly...I don't want to change up the rear brake caliper and braket.

So, will the 18x3.5 be an easy swap since its only a 0.5" difference? or would I need to start making room in the swing-arm for it to fit?

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Old 04-09-2020, 07:46 PM
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You might consider just ordering a spoke kit and rim and lace it up, then you wouldn't have to worry about the caliper fitting. We did many back in the days, when the Honda 750 was big, but we went the other way with it, everyone wanted the Harley 16 inch rim because it was lower in the back..it's not that hard to do. you are going to have to do some measuring and maybe some shock height adjustment..
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Old 04-10-2020, 06:37 AM
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You might consider just ordering a spoke kit and rim and lace it up, then you wouldn't have to worry about the caliper fitting. We did many back in the days, when the Honda 750 was big, but we went the other way with it, everyone wanted the Harley 16 inch rim because it was lower in the back..it's not that hard to do. you are going to have to do some measuring and maybe some shock height adjustment..
good to know! Thanks...After thinking about it, I think Ill just stick to the 16 x 3 spoke wheel I have now. throw an avon speedmaster tire and that should take care of that.
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Old 04-10-2020, 06:27 PM
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Yea, I would too, it it gives the bike a cooler look..We uses to take the 750 and cut part of the frame out behind the tank and weld a plate in to replace the cut out, make a seat that would drop in, lower the shocks all the way down and then lace up the Harley 16" rim to the Honda hub , put longer forks on ,and presto...chop..
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It should fit just fine, I have an 18x3.5 on the back of my Ď89 Sportster...



...looking at my Ď76 FXE I donít see any problems.
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It should fit just fine, I have an 18x3.5 on the back of my Ď89 Sportster...



...looking at my Ď76 FXE I donít see any problems.
Awesome! thanks!
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