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post #1 of 127 (permalink) Old 02-15-2012, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Converting into hard tail w 260 metzler, 14 degree rake

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My name is Bryan. I don't write much on the forum, however I came across this thread; I am waiting for Sandy from Kosman wheel widening to send me back my widened stock tire back (now 18 x 8.5") so I can slap a Metzler 260 on it(already have the tire, so the wait is a torturous!!).

I am turning my bike into a hard tail, at least temporarily. If the ride becomes to unbearable, I will put some air shocks when I get some more "disposable" $$$. Probably will go with Low and Mean's system. I am throwing out the rear fender (Honda's worst mistake in my humble opinion) and "molding a custom fender to the shape of the tire hopefully not leaving more than a quarter inch clearance. I want the the length of the fender behind the seat to be just long enough for one of those suction cup rear seats for the ladys (I know, no long rides!). I want to emphasize on the tire.

I am also raking the front out about 14 degrees by cutting and welding the frame. I will know for sure the "max rake" degree I can use once I have the new tire mounted on the 8.5" rim. Work is being done at a reputable machine shop a by veteran welder" (owner of the shop just happens to be my friend!! lucky me)

Any feed back would be great! I know I am going to have a lot of people saying I am nuts for making such a nice riding bike into a hard tail and for cutting the frame, but air shocks will be an option in the future and I trust my welder!

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Welcome Bryan, nice to see another 305 on the forum

We definitely need some pics of your project...
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Nice! Hope it looks like this-
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post #5 of 127 (permalink) Old 02-15-2012, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thats the pic I showed my guy. I am going with a 260 and the same rake, so I am hoping I take the "prize". I know I don't have the deep pockets to do every thing at once as they did! I am not sure why they decided to leave the stock tire size after all of that custom work.
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Im with you on this one bro.
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Give'em hell bro! Just please be safe. Bike is gonna handle ALOT more different. More difficult too..

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Just wondered why you chose a 260 over a 250 on your 8.5" rim
The Metz 260 gets its rating on a 9.5" wide rim but pinched in an inch on a 8.5" wide rim will measure approximately 245 mm where as the Dunlop 250 on the same rim will measure approximately 255 mm.

Good luck on your bold moves regardless .
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