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ed carlson
Posted 10/24/2009 8:43 PM (#47004)
Subject: Harley triple trees Triglide


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I have seen other talks on the triglide harley triple trees, they are racked about 5 degrees, the lowers are an inch or two longer to raise the bike back to stock height. has anyone put the triglide trees on to a standard two wheel bike with a sidecar. The cost of harleys trees are about 1/3 the cost, thanks
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Hack'n
Posted 10/25/2009 4:33 PM (#47018 - in reply to #47004)
Subject: RE: Harley triple trees Triglide



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The Tri Glide trees come as part of a kit in true Harley fashion.
The bottom line will be somewhat more than the cost of the trees.

Lonnie
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ed carlson
Posted 10/26/2009 5:30 PM (#47033 - in reply to #47004)
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Thanks, not sure whatr you are saying, it is possible or is there additional costs, the triple trees on after market are about 1050.00 and claim the lowering effect is not a factor, but harley had longer lowers for the trilide
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gnm109
Posted 10/26/2009 11:28 PM (#47041 - in reply to #47033)
Subject: Re: Harley triple trees Triglide



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ed carlson - 10/26/2009 3:30 PM

Thanks, not sure whatr you are saying, it is possible or is there additional costs, the triple trees on after market are about 1050.00 and claim the lowering effect is not a factor, but harley had longer lowers for the trilide


The HD triple trees by themselves are about 1/3 less than the typical aftermarket modified trees. But then, you need the 2" over fork legs to get the ground clearance back up.

I don't know how the other companies deal with the lower ground clearance. My rig is alreafy pleanty low enough with the standard fork trees.

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ed carlson
Posted 10/27/2009 5:37 PM (#47055 - in reply to #47004)
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the tri glide lowers are an inch or two longer to bring back the level of the frame, so i am told, thanks
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gnm109
Posted 10/27/2009 6:12 PM (#47056 - in reply to #47055)
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ed carlson - 10/27/2009 3:37 PM

the tri glide lowers are an inch or two longer to bring back the level of the frame, so i am told, thanks


I thought it was done with 2" longer fork tubes. Regardless of the method they use, ground clearance is an important factor.
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timo482
Posted 11/2/2009 8:46 PM (#47204 - in reply to #47056)
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i also noticed today that the frame rake on the triglide is listed at 23 degrees, the frame rake on the regular bikes is 26 trail is listed as 3.9" rather than 6.2"

the tree is raked +3 on a tri glide - liberty etc do +5

im not positive about the tubes but the lower sliders are special and apparently longer than the two wheel sliders

it sure appears that the only part not special is the gas tank

the engine is a 103 - the gear ratio is lower to have lots of power off the stop sign - the things are rated at 40+mpg - i cant get anything like that with my sidecar - im wondering what else is different on the tri glides.

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Hack'n
Posted 11/3/2009 1:20 PM (#47218 - in reply to #47204)
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With the 3 degree raked trees a damper is still required to reduce head shake. Not so with Liberty 5 degree trees. You can scrap the damper with those installed.
Spring spacers or new fork springs can also increase ride heigth without using longer fork tubes.

Lonnie
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ed carlson
Posted 11/3/2009 8:56 PM (#47236 - in reply to #47204)
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on all 2010 touring frames are 26 degree so said ny harley and will recheck but 2009 is the same frame as two wheel as that was the orginal leman conversion base prior to harley making one
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Hack'n
Posted 11/4/2009 12:05 PM (#47254 - in reply to #47236)
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The Harley website lists both the 2009 and 2010 TriGlides as having 26 degree frame rake and 3.94 inches of trail.

Lonnie
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ed carlson
Posted 11/4/2009 5:08 PM (#47266 - in reply to #47254)
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and the standard touring frame is the same at least 2006, correct, thanks
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B-roadglide
Posted 11/18/2009 9:30 PM (#47561 - in reply to #47004)
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So has anybody tried the Triglide trees with a sidecar rig yet? I am getting a Tle soon and would like more info on which trees to get for a 08 RoadGlide. Thanks
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gnm109
Posted 11/18/2009 11:38 PM (#47563 - in reply to #47561)
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B-roadglide - 11/18/2009 7:30 PM

So has anybody tried the Triglide trees with a sidecar rig yet? I am getting a Tle soon and would like more info on which trees to get for a 08 RoadGlide. Thanks


I don't know of anyone yet who has done it. I'd like to hear how it works out. I want to stay with the stock trees since I intend to run without the sidecar part of the year.

Maybe someone will give us a road test.

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timo482
Posted 11/19/2009 6:55 AM (#47565 - in reply to #47563)
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going back and forth is a lot more work than the manual might hint at

and keeping the bike so it works both ways makes riding it with the sidecar more work

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gnm109
Posted 11/19/2009 9:49 AM (#47570 - in reply to #47565)
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timo482 - 11/19/2009 4:55 AM

going back and forth is a lot more work than the manual might hint at

and keeping the bike so it works both ways makes riding it with the sidecar more work

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That's all quite true. Nonetheless, for a number of reasons, I have to maintain that option. It's also the way that Harley-Davidson envisioned. it. The steering damper, while not a perfect solution, is a reasonable alternative to owning a machine that really can't be used solo.

I will just have to deal with it. LOL.
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Hack'n
Posted 11/19/2009 10:15 AM (#47572 - in reply to #47570)
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Harley also uses a steering damper on the TriGlide with raked trees. (??)
Liberty trees don't need one.

I've ridden my FXDL (raked trees) without the sidecar and find it handles more like a sportbike, with quicker steering but still controllable.

Lonnie
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timo482
Posted 11/19/2009 10:26 AM (#47575 - in reply to #47572)
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i have the dampener on my bike with a liberty tree

mostly since i ride one handed a lot since my right wrist has issues

the same as my left ankle that started me back to a sidecar after a 20 year gap

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Maxy
Posted 3/22/2011 4:30 AM (#56825 - in reply to #47033)
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I think they add a few degrees to improve the trail. I have a Lehman kit, but it shouldn't matter, since all you are doing is pushing the front wheel out.
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rtaylor1
Posted 4/24/2017 5:47 PM (#93248 - in reply to #47004)
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The trees work Great but if putting on a road king not a simple bolt on. Headlight shroud causes lots of problems.
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timo482
Posted 4/24/2017 6:26 PM (#93249 - in reply to #93248)
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well lets be honest...

even if you use 100% harley parts its going to take some work

skils in metal fabrication, milling, grinding, drilling etc go a long way.

i have a 50's era harley headlight adjusting ring on my 07.. about half the holes have to be moved - and counter bored - some at the angle of where it mounts to the bike and some at the angle where the headlight bolts to the ring.

road kings take more work - i have seen a set of directions of how to modify the sheet metal so it fits perfect and is indistinguishable from stock - but to align the headlight properly you need the ring.

i have often thought one of the contributing factors into the low usage of harley sidecars and the slow sales is the complexities of making it all work really right. mine i can ride on either side of a four lane at speed with or without a passenger one handed in perfect comfort. there is nothing simple about making that happen - it took many hours of work. lots of odd hard to find parts, weeks waiting for the box of bits from HD. two days to install it all.

but its perfect and I'm so happy with it.

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rtaylor1
Posted 4/25/2017 8:59 AM (#93263 - in reply to #93249)
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I agree just saying not to expect, like I did, to just replace trees and tubes. Like you said headlight ring, shroud mounting bosses and several other things. Love the difference it made in handling. I have put about 1100 miles total with sidecar and 6-700 after the change and would not go back. I would love to get a copy of the instructions on modifying the sheet metal if you could let me know who or where I could get them. Thanks.
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timo482
Posted 4/25/2017 9:59 AM (#93267 - in reply to #93263)
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i "think" it was in liberty sidecars tree installation instructions - i have them somewhere but they are not in the manual bundle, if i find it ill try and post it.

with the liberty trees you don't have to change the tubes , but the harley tree is cheaper so i expect most folks will use that these days

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2graves
Posted 4/25/2017 6:24 PM (#93274 - in reply to #93267)
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I had 2009 tri glide trees installed on my 2010 Electra glide when I installed a 97 HD sidecar.
With the tri glide trees and the 3/4" lower rear shocks my bike frame sets level.
I paid about $400 for the trees at a KC area HD dealer.
I do run an HD steering damper and have a very slight low speed shake, over 10mph stabile and handles well.
The only thing I had to change was the lower fairing trim- below the headlight-" Tri Glide" trim, it had to be longer on the sides to Bolton to accommodate for the additional rake.
Hopes this helps.
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Woodyambison
Posted 5/1/2017 11:27 PM (#93358 - in reply to #47004)
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http://www.ultraboy.us/Harley%20Raked%20Triple%20Trees.pdf

Just did this on my '02 FLHTCUI and it is working great.
No dampener and stock forks.
Had it up to 85 tracked srtaight and true.
Hope this helps.
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rtaylor1
Posted 5/2/2017 9:01 AM (#93359 - in reply to #93358)
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So you didn't have to go with longer tubes?
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