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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hi I have a 2011 vegas 8 ball and was thinking of changing front wheel from 21 inch to 18 inch to improve handling, it has a bit of a head shake at high speed in corners. Have checked steering head bearings and are fine , still has stock dunlop elite3 tyre on front. The bearing size seems to be the same, so if I had a wheel of Hammer, should be only a matter of spacing it correctly. Of course front gaurd would have to be changed I guess as well............ any one with any thoughts on this conversion....................
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A Hammer or KP wheel should bolt right up. You'll need to figure out what you're going to do for a fender, but looking at the PN's the spacers are the same, you might need a new axle though. http://parts.polarisind.com/Browse/Browse.asp

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18 and 21 are interchangeable with no mods except fender

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 08:53 PM
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Thanks everyone for the wheel change information, was figuring to do it to my 8-ball. The front fender from a High Ball should fit with maybe an added piece on bottom to stop rain coming up on driver.

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You also might wanna check the rim and make sure it's true, front wheel bearings and the air pressure and the most importantly the wheel balance. There is no reason for your bike to have that shake. My bike is an 03 and it rides straight as an arrow.

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Same issue here, had a bit of a shake when leaning in. Found the front was short about 5 psi, issue fixed.
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Same issue here, had a bit of a shake when leaning in. Found the front was short about 5 psi, issue fixed.
Yep. If you are over 200lbs you have to have the front at 38 and rear 40psi. I used to have front and rear wobble because my tire pressure was 35 front and 36 rear, one day I was looking at the owners manual and it said if you are over 200 lbs set the front 38 rear 40. Once I did that bike became amazing and I haven't looked back yet.

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You ever notice the owner manual doesn't match the inside of the battery side cover, it states 200+ pounds use 40psi front and 40psi rear? The label mentions the stock E3 tires too!
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Thanks Guys for the swift replies, will check pressures to see if it make a differance, but will probably do the conversion when front tire is worn......... nice to know it is a pretty straight forward job...........I just like a wider front tire anyway..........
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Hey Mean, here's an article we were talking about regarding pipes, but it also shows and discusses wheel replacement. The other two segments are linked at the end.

http://www.motorcycle.com/how-to/vic...t-3-90954.html

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