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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-24-2009, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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1st off let me say I love my Vegas it has been the best bike I have ever owned. It has over 47k miles on it (my miles) & has never left me stranded, well it has but that was because it does need fuel to run! That's due to my Knukleheadness not the bikes!
I'm looking to change the wheels on my 03 Vegas from spokes to mags.
The spoked wheels have not held up as well as I would have liked. They are pitting and chrome is looking pretty sad & there was also some heavy powder-dust under the rubber rim strip on the inside of the rim (front tire only). Weird has any one else found this?
My question is has anyone put wheels or more specifically a rear wheel from the Vegas model years after 03 on a 03 Vegas, cause they changed the width of the rear rim from 3.5" to 4" on the 04's & up? The front stayed the same size.
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P.S. many thanks to Victory for putting such an odd ball tire on the rear but then more so for changing it after the first year!
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1st off let me say I love my Vegas it has been the best bike I have ever owned. It has over 47k miles on it (my miles) & has never left me stranded, well it has but that was because it does need fuel to run! That's due to my Knukleheadness not the bikes!
I'm looking to change the wheels on my 03 Vegas from spokes to mags.
The spoked wheels have not held up as well as I would have liked. They are pitting and chrome is looking pretty sad & there was also some heavy powder-dust under the rubber rim strip on the inside of the rim (front tire only). Weird has any one else found this?
My question is has anyone put wheels or more specifically a rear wheel from the Vegas model years after 03 on a 03 Vegas, cause they changed the width of the rear rim from 3.5" to 4" on the 04's & up? The front stayed the same size.
Thanks!

P.S. many thanks to Victory for putting such an odd ball tire on the rear but then more so for changing it after the first year!
OK, this my be obvious, but I am going to tell you what to do just in case. You have 47k on your Polaris, I would dump that thing, it is pretty much used up how it stands right now. Forget your tire issues, and pick up one of these....

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OK, this my be obvious, but I am going to tell you what to do just in case. You have 47k on your Polaris, I would dump that thing, it is pretty much used up how it stands right now. Forget your tire issues, and pick up one of these....

You must be a 16 year old kid cause you obviously haven't gotten the point that we don't give a damn about your opinion.
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OK, this my be obvious, but I am going to tell you what to do just in case. You have 47k on your Polaris, I would dump that thing, it is pretty much used up how it stands right now. Forget your tire issues, and pick up one of these....

at 47k the bike is just getting broke in. 60k on my 04 vegas and all i have ever done to it is change the oil and tires. try that with you're HD dude.
he's right tho, you won't have to worry about tire issues. cuz all the other problems will keep ya busy enough to forget the tires.
and dude, that is one ugly bike!!!

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at 47k the bike is just getting broke in. 60k on my 04 vegas and all i have ever done to it is change the oil and tires. try that with you're HD dude.
he's right tho, you won't have to worry about tire issues. cuz all the other problems will keep ya busy enough to forget the tires.
and dude, that is one ugly bike!!!
ya think it is an ugly bike? I seen this one in the showroom and I getta tell ya, it is slick.
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Heres one for you Doc. I have a customer that has OVER 100,000 miles on her less than 3 year old Kingpin. Oil changes, tires and one drive belt and she is still riding strong. This isn't the only one there are countless Vics above 50,000 miles with no problems. For that matter there are few Victory's that have any problems at all.

Hell, HD can't even get the 96 right with all the heat issues and leaking gaskets.

Do you know of any Hardly's doing 100,000 miles in any amount of years that didn't require more than regular service?

BTW that bike you have in the pic is FUGLY.
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Heres one for you Doc. I have a customer that has OVER 100,000 miles on her less than 3 year old Kingpin. Oil changes, tires and one drive belt and she is still riding strong. This isn't the only one there are countless Vics above 50,000 miles with no problems. For that matter there are few Victory's that have any problems at all.

Hell, HD can't even get the 96 right with all the heat issues and leaking gaskets.

Do you know of any Hardly's doing 100,000 miles in any amount of years that didn't require more than regular service?

BTW that bike you have in the pic is FUGLY.
heat issues? My 96 never kicks in the oil cooler thermostat. Now, what data do you have to back up your claims of leaking gaskets.
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I have no problems with harley, but i do have a problem with the constant mentality that harley is the ONLY bike on the road they have been around 100 plus years they have proven themselves and as a matter of fact i have a 74 sporty sitting next to my 07 8-ball but there is room for everybody and honestly those comments.......not needed were all just here to pass a little time talking about our bikes and bounce ideas off each other not be critisized for what we ride. But gosh that fatboy sure does look like its chasing an 8-ball theme?!
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I've got an '03 Vegas that I bought in '05. The guy I bought it from owned an '04 and '03 and had switched the billet wheels from the '04 to the '03 before I bought it. (follow that?) As I understand it, my bike has a 180 rear tire, as opposed to the stock 170. As far as I know this isn't a problem. I believe it's a Dunlap 417? if I'm not mistaken.

I've also enjoyed the bike - no problems and great to ride. Concerned about all the financial problems that Victory dealers are having and hope the Victory line survives the economic downturn. Good luck! burt
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OK, this my be obvious, but I am going to tell you what to do just in case. You have 47k on your Polaris, I would dump that thing, it is pretty much used up how it stands right now. Forget your tire issues, and pick up one of these....


come on doc, everyone knows that our vics will run forever. hit 60k this summer and loving it. only thing i have done is change the tires and oil. oops, plus the belt cuz they said so. weather sure is sucking tho, gotta feeling it's gonna be a nasty winter.

if the house is a rockin', don't bother knockin'
2004 Vegas.
swept pipes
S&S airbox
OD pulley
lots of chrome goodies...
70K trouble free miles as of 4/1/11
cheers

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