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Old 09-23-2004, 09:01 AM
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Raked trees on stock Softail frame

Who has an 1987 or newer Softail with a stock frame and raked triple trees ? Please tell us the degree of rake in your trees, the
lenght of your fork tubes, your front rim size, and your bike model ?
What is the handling like after the trees where install?
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Old 09-24-2004, 11:25 AM
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Come on no one has raked trees on a softail ?
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Old 06-01-2006, 05:58 PM
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First hand experience.....

After searching the net endlessly and asking every shop in the tri-state area and coming up with little to no help.....
I JUST DID IT....

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2005 Softail Standard
Lowered 2: in the rear
2" tanklift homemade
7 degree raked trees with 4 inch over tubes 28.25 inch....
21 inch front tire

I can only turn the bar 45 degrees which means it's hard to push but it rides as smooth if not smoother than before because there is less movement in the front end. No problems turning corners but a bitch to turn around in the garage....
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Old 06-01-2006, 06:02 PM
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Cut the frame. 38 degrees is nice
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Old 06-01-2006, 06:09 PM
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i know a guy locally who has a dyna with raked trees and it looks pretty rediculous IMO.
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Old 06-01-2006, 06:50 PM
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Anyone have pictures? I'm thinking about my 06 fatboy about 35 to 36 degrees.
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Old 06-01-2006, 06:58 PM
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Be careful raked trees reduce trail. Too little trail will make your bike squirely at speed. The bike below has been raked to 38 degrees in the frame with 6 degrees in the trees which put us at just under 4" of trail it handles like a stocker.

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Old 06-01-2006, 07:07 PM
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Thanks for the pic. That looks bad ass!
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I've got an '01 Night Train with five degree trees, stock tubes, lowered an inch in the rear, 21x120 front tire. Rides fine, maybe a smidgen better than stock.
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Old 06-01-2006, 08:23 PM
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I have a 98 softail and tried 6deg trees and almost killed myself. I got a serious high speed wobble above 65mph. Decided to do it right and have the frame raked to 40deg and keeping the 6deg trees to make the correct trail.
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Old 06-01-2006, 11:01 PM
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Here is a 92 stock frame with a 38 degree rake. None in the trees. Rear suspension is a little high.....
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Old 06-02-2006, 01:10 AM
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My friend has a "92 FXSTC with 6º trees and 1" lowered rear He can bang on the bars at about 80 and not get the "death wobble" so I don't know what to think. We will measure trail this week and report.
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Old 06-05-2006, 06:27 AM
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I've Been Running 5 Degree Trees With Rear Lowered 1" On My 2004 Night Train With 21"front Wheel And Stock Tubes Since Spring 2005.
Handles Great. Never Had Any Evidence Of Speed Wobble Or Any Other Handling Problem.

Keep In Mind Stock Trees On The 2004 Night Train Have 2 Degrees Rake.
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Do you a pic so I can see what it looks like
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Did you have any luck? I have a 87 heritage softail I was thinking of ptting on a 5degree rake, with a 21" skinny
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