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Thanks for the reply. This is for a fun project I am doing for my spare bike. Is the 5.5" at the tire, or is that at the hub? Typically I just buy one and I can work it out, but Parts for your bikes are too expensive to "experiment with" if the experiment goes wrong!
 

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Superfly said:
Is the 5.5" at the tire, or is that at the hub?
It's the width of the rim. The hub width is somwhat irrelevant since the real limiting factor is the width of the swingarm. By the time you get a 180 tire on a 5.5" rim, you've got a bigger package than anything with a shaft in the 80's had. Most bikes in the 80's ran 3.5" rims on the rear with skinny tires. The VMax from '85 may be an exception but I doubt it. Wide rims were appearing on sport bikes in 1987 but I don't recall a shafty with wide rims until later.
 

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Thanks for the help guys. I actually have a wider than stock rim on there already (spoked rim... hahaha looks great with the fairing!) and it is larger than stock. The only problem with it is that when I go to take the tire off, I have to pull the entire shaft drive off, but that is a small price to pay! I just really like the looks of your back tires.
 
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