(1.)These RC Components Czar wheels with matching rotors and Metzeler ME 880 Marathon tires would be quite an upgrade for any H-D bagger.
(2.)With the bike securely on jacks, we began by carefully removing the OE rear wheel from the swingarm.
(3.)A comparison of the old 16-inch rear wheel and the new 18-inch rear wheel from RC Components shows that though the wheel was taller, it would still fit without rubbing.
(4.)With the front wheel pulled off of the bike, we removed the fender so it could be made to work with the new 21-inch wheel.
(5.)On H-D Baggers from the year 2000 to present, the fender mounting holes need to be opened up to 3/8-inch so the back of the fender can be rotated up slightly to clear the new larger diameter wheel.
(6.)There was a vast difference between the old 16-inch front wheel and the new 21-inch front wheel from RC Components.
(7.)The new front wheel was installed and checked for any possible clearance issues.
(8.)We then cleaned the new front rotors, reinstalled the brake calipers, and adjusted them to factory specifications.
(9.)We then installed the new 18-inch rear wheel and checked the belt for proper tension. We then cleaned any grease and residue from the new rotor and readjusted the rear brake.
(10.)Once we road-tested the bike with the new wheels installed and found no issues, we reinstalled the brackets and bags.
(11.)With the install complete and the new wheels cleaned and shined up, the difference that the RC Components wheels make over the factory offerings is immense.
RC Components wheel installEvery bagger owner dreams of outfitting his or her steed with an upgraded set of wheels, but the problem lies in choosing which wheel to upgrade to. While feverishly looking for a nice set of wheels for our '02 Road King, we ran across RC Components' Czar wheels and with just one look we knew that we had to have them. With more than 17 years in the motorcycle wheel business, RC Components is no strangers when it comes to constructing wheels that are both great looking as well as quality built. The forged Czar wheels are made from high-quality, lightweight billet aluminum that is CNC-machined, polished, and then chromed to a brilliant shine. We picked the 21-inch front and 18-inch rear Czar over RC's myriad of other great-looking wheels due to the barbed and slotted six-spoke design, which we thought would complement the lines of our Road King. We also ordered up a set of matching rotors and a pulley to further the good looks of the wheel set. When the wheels arrived (rather quickly we may add) we took them to our pals at Wheel Works and had a set of Metzeler ME 880 Marathon tires properly mounted and balanced. Once the boys at Wheel Works did their magic, it was off with the old wheels and on with the new. Wheel swaps such as these are an easy upgrade that most anyone with the right tools and a basic knowledge of how to use them can do in a few short hours. What a difference a bit of machined and chromed aluminum makes!