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Front Wheel Lacing Arrangement

Life's a bitch...   Thank God there's Harleys...

This Saturday morning L&T took delivery of their new stainless steel laces. And they also found out what the new front wheel lacing arrangement should look like!

New Laces in an Old Drum Brake Hub ?

To reinforce the traditional oldschool looks of the Bobber they wanted to create, L&T decided to preserve the original old-fashioned Harley drum brake, and to combine it with a 21 inch slender front wheel. So the old Harley rim had to go, and a new 21" stainless steel rim was brought into the shed...

OK, and what's next? Well, they found a supplier who made new stainless steel spokes to fit the original Sportster front wheel hub into the new 21" rim. He was so kind to place four sets of four spokes to indicate the lacing order.

As you can see on the pictures below, these laces are arranged in 10 sets of four laces, each set making 2 double crosses. This makes for a total of 40 laces.

Photo of Harley front wheel lacing arrangement combining original Drum Brake in new 21 inch Rim - by Harley Oldschool Bobber. Harley front wheel lacing arrangement combining original Drum Brake in new 21 inch Rim.


Photo of Harley front wheel lacing arrangement combining original Drum Brake in new 21 inch Rim - by Harley Oldschool Bobber. The new laces are arranged in 10 sets of four laces, each set making 2 double crosses. Within the crosses, all respective laces have their own specific length depending on their position.


Photo of Harley front wheel lacing arrangement combining original Drum Brake in new 21 inch Rim - by Harley Oldschool Bobber. After recording the exact position and order of the respective spokes with their specific lengths in the respecive holes in the rim, the whole thing will be dis-assembled.

After the rim has been powder coated in the desired color (place a bet, drop us an email!), and after the hub has been polished and sparkles like a dog's pr*ck in the moonshine, the real lacing job will start, and we will see one of those rare moments of truth...

Yes yes, to be continued...   ;o)