Here is the '99 Road Glide. Not a bad looking bike, but it needed a few things.
'99 Road Glide Upgrade
If you didn't happen to catch last month's issue then shame on you. Ok, maybe your subscription was lost in the mail; if so we'll let you off the hook this time. We did an install with Custom Cycle Engineering on a '99 Road Glide with some handling issues. We installed the Swingarm Retrofit Conversion Kit and boy did it make a big difference to the bike and the way it handled. The bike is owned by Kazoo, a tech at Freedom Cycles in Orange, California. He got his hands on the bike with the hopes that all he would need to do was give it a fresh new look. The 10-year-old Road Glide has just more than 60,000 miles on it and is stock for the most part. It runs strong and was a good deal; we just need to address a few small things.
So like so many projects, once we got started working on one end of the bike, we found something else in need of attention, and one thing led to another. Kazoo made up his mind to jump in with a set of Renegade wheels. One of the newest and coolest wheels is the Racine with a starting price of just $899.95 each, depending on the size and style of cut. This is a great-looking wheel and a good price for the guy hoping to change the look of his bike on a tight budget.
Well this brought up the idea to also look into some better brakes, and HHI happens to have really good brakes and a new kit that cleans up one side of the frontend with a single-sided rotor setup. This would show off more of the wheel, making a big difference in the bike's looks. Since we needed to take the frontend apart to swap out the lower legs to do the HHI kit, we figured we may as well work on the suspension and lower the bike at the same time, or at least bring it back to stock height to accommodate the taller wheels from Renegade. We accomplished this with a set of Race Tech G3-S shocks in the back for true comfort on the bumpiest of roads and the Caddies Gold Valve Cartridge Emulator kits with RT high-performance fork springs to lower the bike but still have good suspension.
All in all we wanted a fresh new look, better brakes, and solid handling. It may sound like a lot to do all at once, but we wanted to save time by not having to remove the same parts over and over again.
We used Racine wheels from Renegade Wheels: a 21x3.25-incher at $1,099 on the front and an
Here's the HHI Bagger Single Disk Conversion kit. This kit will clean up the look of the f
Here's the Renegade 1-inch axle kit with chrome end caps.
We got a set of G3-S Twin shocks ($849.95) from Race Tech to handle the up and down moveme
For the frontend we used the Race Tech Caddies Gold Valve Cartridge Emulator kits with RT