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I have a 2011 Vulcan 900 Custom, and was wondering if anyone has ever installed a bigger front wheel? I like the bike a lot, just wish the front wheel/tire was bigger. If I remove the front fender, can I install a bigger wheel, perhaps the one from a Vulcan Classic model? I know I can install a 90/90-21 tire on my existing rim, but looking for something bigger, if possible.
 

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Off the top of my head you have a 21" front wheel on your Custom and the Classic front wheel is 130/90-16, but just 16".

I am sure you are going to get just the information you are looking for from other fourm members who have been there, done that.

You must be looking for a wide, fat front wheel and tire.?? For me, the 21" wheel and tire are basic to the Custom look and ride.
 

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Thanks, didn't realize the "custom" had a larger wheel diameter than the "classic". My front tire seems to fall into every crack in the road, plus the tire itself just doesn't seem that much bigger than my mountain bikes tire, but I guess that is all apart of the "chopper" look. Thanks again.
 

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i have a 90 90 on the front and it does alot better than the 80 90 that came stock. it dosent follow cracks and dips as bad
 

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Thanks, will install the 90/90-21 tire once these wear down. I did just read a post where someone swapped their Custom 900 front wheel/tire with a Vulcan 900 Classic "Spoked" Front tire, and it looked real nice, just had to remove the 'custom" fender to make it fit...anyone ever do that here?
 

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I'm kinda thinking about going the other way (21" from my 16") on my classic. I have noticed my wife's bike (Suzuki S40) finds every crack and crevice with it's narrow 19" front wheel. From what I've read on this forum changing the front wheel is a simple swap.
 

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I'm running a 90/90 now and its a huge improvement from the stock 80/90. Only thing to watch out for is some 90/90s won't fit with the Custom front fender without some modifications.
 

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Thanks, will install the 90/90-21 tire once these wear down. I did just read a post where someone swapped their Custom 900 front wheel/tire with a Vulcan 900 Classic "Spoked" Front tire, and it looked real nice, just had to remove the 'custom" fender to make it fit...anyone ever do that here?
I did that a couple weeks ago. Its a direct swap and you can find a wheel for under $300 on eBay complete.

I swapped it to go for a look. I never really noticed an issue with the 80/90-21 tracking though.
 

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I think the performance improvement going to the 90/90 is more about new-tire-performance than size. When I changed out my OEM Dunny for a Metz 880 I went with the 90/90 only because their 80/90 was tube type. I noticed a big improvement in handling, specifically cornering. This spring I had to replace that tire and put on a Pirelli MT66 80/90 (with a tube) and found that it handled much better than the Metz, specifically when cornering. Hmm...

The Pirelli profile is a little larger than the Dunny so it fills the fender better but not as big as a 90/90 so it has good clearance under the fender. The 90/90 came within 2mm of the fender bolt heads
 

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This spring I had to replace that tire and put on a Pirelli MT66 80/90 (with a tube) and found that it handled much better than the Metz, specifically when cornering. Hmm...

The Pirelli profile is a little larger than the Dunny so it fills the fender better but not as big as a 90/90 so it has good clearance under the fender. The 90/90 came within 2mm of the fender bolt heads
Interesting. If I understand this right you kept the OEM 21" custom wheel and went with Pirelli MT66 80/90/21 tube and tire.

Does the Pirelli tube and tire hold air pressure better over time than the tubeless tire on the 21" OEM?
 

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Ray, I went with the tube style because Pirelli doesn't offer that size in a tubeless, although I thought I was ordering a tubeless at the time (website confusion). The Metz was tubeless, but I didn't like how close to the fender it ran and I didn't want to screw up the bike trying to modify the fender. Metz also only offers the 80/90 in tube style. I never had air problems with the tubeless I just didn't feel like sending this tire back and looking for something else. I got a good enough price that adding the tube didn't set me back enough to worry.
 

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Ray, I went with the tube style because Pirelli doesn't offer that size in a tubeless, although I thought I was ordering a tubeless at the time (website confusion). The Metz was tubeless, but I didn't like how close to the fender it ran and I didn't want to screw up the bike trying to modify the fender. Metz also only offers the 80/90 in tube style. I never had air problems with the tubeless I just didn't feel like sending this tire back and looking for something else. I got a good enough price that adding the tube didn't set me back enough to worry.
Thanks for the reply. My OEM tires loose air from time to time but from what I understand this is not uncommon. I check air pressure most every day but don't add air that often.

I am considering the Metzeler 90/90/21" front tire just because so many who have tried it say it makes a positive difference in performance. I am not so sure about going with the Metzeler 200/70/15 on the rear as some say it is not a good fit for the wheel and has very high sidewalls.
 

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Yea I have the same problem with the 80/90/21 on my 900 custom tracking I guess just when your going slow Does any have the answer/ It want be for a while Just put new bridge-stones on So what is the deal you can put the spoke wheel off the classic will bolt up to the custom ? 2009 900
 
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