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Suspension Questions about shocks, springs, forks etc? Here you will find questions and answers to many of the common questions involved with motorcycle suspension and mods.

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Old 02-11-2009
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How do I extend the front end?

Hi folks,
I want to extend the front end on my 05 softy std.. I was told there is an inexpensive way without cutting the neck and increasing the rake. The guy said there was somthing you add to the neck and then lower the tubes. I might not be remembering that right. The brain cells tend to go MIA somtimes.
Anyway, I'm aiming for the chopper look. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 02-11-2009
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Re: How do I extend the front end?

Try here for one...
http://www.mybadmotorscooter.com/forkextensions.html

To find more you can Google... "harley motorcycle fork extensions"

There are pros and cons to doing this procedure. You could always buy longer fork legs. Ebay has front fork kits for pretty cheap. Hope this helped
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Re: How do I extend the front end?

Ok thanks.
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Re: How do I extend the front end?

Look here.

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Re: How do I extend the front end?

You can disassemble the forks and just add extended fork tubes without buying the whole front end. That is going to raise the front of the bike. Only way you can rake the front without cutting the fork neck is put raked triple tree on it. Might be OK for a slight rake, but you may run into some handling problems if you try to rake it too much at the tree.
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Re: How do I extend the front end

I've got an 08 Electraglide and I'm thinking of extending the front end a bit, is that an expensive venture and should I have the front raked? Has anybody done that, does it look good?

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Re: How do I extend the front end

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I've got an 08 Electraglide and I'm thinking of extending the front end a bit, is that an expensive venture and should I have the front raked? Has anybody done that, does it look good?

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Just so happens... I'm collecting parts for my '08 FLHX right now. I have the 7* trees, and lowering kit for the front, but probably will not cut the neck. I'm only going to run a 23" wheel. Don't really care for the 26" and 30" look.
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Re: How do I extend the front end?

I been running seven degree trees with 3 degree neck cups and 6 over tubes. ~ 43 tube rake on a stock frame. The bike handles lighter. The top tree offset [smaller is better] and wheel size are important to keep true trail in safe limits.
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Modify the front

An update, I found out I didn't have to put any rake on the bike if I stayed with the 21" wheel. I did that, added 14" apes and added some manly pipes. Really pleased with the outcome. pics later.
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