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Old 04-22-2014, 12:35 PM   #1
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School me on rear spoke hubs

Looking at doing a sportster-scrambler build and I have a couple questions about the rear hub. What would be the easiest way to get a 17" rear tire on a spoked wheel? Find a takeoff oem wheel and have a wheel laced on? Find a hub from another bike? What sizing considerations do I need to take into account with regard to the disc brake, sprocket/belt pulley, etc?
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Old 04-22-2014, 06:51 PM   #2
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I'm the last person who should be making Harley recommendations but I bought a Sportster rear hub for less than a C note. There are probably aftermarket 17" spoke sets but Buchanans can easily make SS spoke for your application assuming you are running a standard 17" rim like an Excel.

Sportster Hub -$100
Spokes (Buchanans)- $120
Excel Rear wheel 17" 4.25 $250 I just bought one so thats why I picked that.

Plus lacing and truing if you don't have the tools to do that.

I'm sure an another wheel from a DR650 or KLR would fit, but you almost have to get some machining done to make that work due to offsets, brakes etc. Having a stock hub eliminates a huge headache in alignment, bolt patterns, bearings etc. If you have a machine shop, anything is a degree of easy. If not, the easiest from where I am sitting is a stock hub, laced to the rim of your choice.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:53 PM   #3
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Cool. I guess you just picked up the hub from the harley dealer? I looked on ebay, didn't see very much.
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Old 04-23-2014, 06:45 AM   #4
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Here's a start. I'm no help when it comes to Harley stuff, I did have to do some adapting but I have a lathe etc.

http://www.debrix.com/Harley-Hubs-s/206.htm
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:51 AM   #5
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You don't have a stock wheel on your Sportster? Easiest if you have stock wheel. buy a new rim, spokes, nipples and lace it to your stock hub. If you don't have the stock wheel you'll need to find one or at least the stock hub. The hub is critical to the bike.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:29 PM   #6
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You can use a Dyna or similar hub and just reuse your stock bearings and spacers. Picked up my hub from ebay for around $35. I used Woody's for my rim and spokes. There are also ebay vendors with complete wheels for around $350 but the rims are steel with non stainless spokes.


Here's an example I found with just a quick search.

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Old 04-24-2014, 12:13 PM   #7
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Thanks for the link!! I guess I was using the wrong search terms on ebay, becauese I kept drawing goose eggs when I'd search there. So spoked, OEM rear hubs are fairly universal among the sportsters and big twins?
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