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rjwatters38
05-31-2014, 9:52 AM
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/mpo/4493452236.html

here is the ad.

says 18 degree kit for the 883/1200. I think my 1983 will fit that, right? it's the later frame with the iron engine.

I was also wondering if getting a big rake'd tree like that was a good idea?

It seems like it would put a lot of extra stress on the trees rather than raking the neck. I don't need super long forks, I'm just lookin for a little extra love so I dont want to actually rake the frame if I don't have too.


Lastly, why so cheap? what should I look out for if I pull the trigger.

bobscogin
05-31-2014, 9:06 PM
Better do the math. 18 of rake in the trees will probably put you in the negative trail range. Not conducive to safe handling.

Bob

spidr
05-31-2014, 9:19 PM
Holy death trap.

rjwatters38
05-31-2014, 10:55 PM
Better do the math. 18 of rake in the trees will probably put you in the negative trail range. Not conducive to safe handling.

Bob

just found a calculator that does that. very negative trail range haha.

So really, If I want to get a longer bike, I gotta change the neck rake.

Clockwork444
05-31-2014, 11:03 PM
scary! screw that lol. what you gota do is get the saw out and start cutting. my sporty is raked 7 derees (in effort to make the wheelbase that of a dyna).

i didnt do the rake job my friend and his dad did i bought the bike shortly after. they put it up on his lift, pulled everything in the way of the neck, cut off the gussets and cleaned up the mess under them. they then cut the neck from the bottom up till there was about 1/2" of tubing still in tact. they then put a digital degree guage on the fork and torched the neck tube until it was hot and soft. pulled out on the front wheel till they got the desired rake and then made a filler piece for the bottom of the neck, welded it all back together, welded the gussets back on, and called it a day. this is not the recommended way to do it, and if you do youve gotta strap the rear of the bike down completely level and true so nothing gets out of wack. i would strip down to the frame and put it in a jig to do it properly, but i got lucky and my bike is straight and is a hell of a lot better than some raked ass trees.

oh also i should add... you are going to have tank problems if you run a short handlebar riser and have wicked rake like that. my bars are about 1/8" away from hitting my peanut tank at full turn.

IronheadVic
06-01-2014, 4:45 PM
Relax everyone. Pretty sure this is one of the "Seeger Chopper Kits" or whatever. The proper trail is maintained. The steering axis is changed from the neck tube to something out in front of the neck tube at the bottom of the neck. See the pics.

I personally think they are ugly and think if you want a chopper, you need to rake the neck.

http://www.chopperkitusa.com/07-sport/install062b.jpg

http://www.chopperkitusa.com/

Clockwork444
06-01-2014, 9:39 PM
yep mine is better :P

<a href="http://s1332.photobucket.com/user/Clockwork444/media/IMG_02101_zpsda05e383.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w611/Clockwork444/IMG_02101_zpsda05e383.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo IMG_02101_zpsda05e383.jpg"/></a>

IronheadVic
06-01-2014, 10:09 PM
yep mine is better :P

<a href="http://s1332.photobucket.com/user/Clockwork444/media/IMG_02101_zpsda05e383.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1332.photobucket.com/albums/w611/Clockwork444/IMG_02101_zpsda05e383.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo IMG_02101_zpsda05e383.jpg"/></a>


Yep, totally agree, looks good. mine is raked 7 degrees in the neck also and has 8 over forks. I think 4-6 over forks on stock rake looks better than the AME/Seeger kits.

48644

To the OP: If you like the look and how the trees look and want to run it, I can say this....

1) The trail will be o.k.
2) The price in the ad is crazy low compared to retail
3) 1982 and newer Sportsters have a 1 inch stem (neck/bearings), so if the kit works with one of those bikes, it should work with an 83