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Steel laced wheels are still an option according to the H-D web site on the Ultra, the RG and the RK and probably all but I only check those three.
 

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harleyjsb said:
does anyone know why you can't get spoke wheels on new touring models
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If you are talking about the new lace profile, a dealer told me today that the MOCO pulled them due to a "chrome problem". Said this was the second such halt put on these wheels.

Any members experiencing any types of problems with the laced profile wheels?

BTW, welcome to the Board. I was in Paducah last week. Stopped in at Sills. My folks live in Grand Rivers.

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I have profile laced wheels on my 05 wide glide and haven't had any problems at all. I really like the look of them too.
 

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i have the spoke wheels on my street glide no problems yet.thanks for the replies
and yes i was talking about the lace profile wheels thanks
 

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harleyjsb said:
does anyone know why you can't get spoke wheels on new touring models
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My o6 Ultra came with spoked wheels on it and I had them replaced with the regular wheels before I took delivery.
 

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was there a problem with the spoke wheels or you just didn't like them
There was basically no problem with the spoked wheels. They are very sharp looking. I have read in some of the posts that spoked wheels will give a person alot of problems. Plus the fact you have to run a tube in them and if you get a flat it cannot be repaired with a plug as a temporary fix.
 

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Plus the fact you have to run a tube in them and if you get a flat it cannot be repaired with a plug as a temporary fix.
The rear (and maybe the smaller fronts) laced wheels from American Wire are made for tubeless tires.

I've often wondered what types of troubles people have had with laced wheels. My HD is the first bike I've ever had without them and I've never had a problem with any laced wheel. They're tougher to clean, but I think the bike looks nicer with them. That's why I'm changing my cast wheels to laced.
 

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Never had a problem with laced wheels and they're on all three bikes. I see the advantage of cast when it comes to getting/repairing flats and such, but IMHO you just can't beat the style of nice shiny spoked wheels on a Harley Davidson:yes:

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There are no problems with the profile laced wheels. Profile laced wheels are standard on 35th Ann. Dyna and still optional on the entire Dyna, Sportster, and Softail lines. The MoCo originally designed the profile laced wheels for the Softails. Greater than expected demand for them especially on the touring bikes has led to supply issues. Spoke to my dealer yesterday, and he said the MoCo wanted to keep the supply they do have for OE on the 35th Dyna's and remain an available option for the Softail, Dyna, & Sporty lines. Demand has steadily increased for the profile laced wheels throughout these lines, and the supply can't keep pace.

Until supply issues are corrected; the profile wheels will only be an option for the softails, Dynas, & Sportys.

The regular laced wheels are still an option for the touring models, just not the profile laced ones.
 

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whats the difference between regular laced and profile laced? ordered my ULTRA yesterday (the 30th) with regular cause I had been hearing laced wasn't an option anymore and thats what looks like on web sight last time I looked also. Any links to pics to show me the difference?
 

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thanks,
Had originally wanted the profile laced wheels as I had seen them on the MOCO web sight, before I could get it ordered started hearing they were unavailable on tourers for time being so when I ordered the other day I didnt even bother to ask if other options were available other than cast alloy wheels...ah well not a biggy would have probably just wanted something different someday anyhow. Think if anything I might try and pick up a spare set of alloy wheels off ebay or something and have them powder coated to match bike someday.
 

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My '05 Ultra came from the factory with Profile laced wheels. They're a breeze to clean compared to the steel laced wheel.

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My RK classic has 'em

My 06 Road King classic came with the new style chrome spokes. I love 'em. easier to clean and no "valley" for water and crud to sit in when you park the bike. :thumbsup:

Now if it would only quit snowing.:crying:
 

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Speaking of laced wheels...

My '05 Road King Std. came with laced steel wheels. Anyone want to trade for the regular black spoke wagon wheels that come on the Road Kings? I'll even trade for some black pie plate FLHX cast wheels if anyone is up to it...

I'll pay all shipping...

And so I don't get booted for "off topic":

Harley is still putting on the laced wheels for the Touring models. Looked at some recently that had them on. I think they give an old school classic look. I want the mag wheels so I can fix flats on the side of the road out in the middle of no where... by myself, with minimal tools. ('cause I know you can fix a tube on the side of the road, but it's a bit more involved.)
 

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2001 HD RKC EFI: one thing is for sure - I wish I could swap my wire laced wheel(s) for ANY cast wheel(s), but since I live in Bosnia, that is not realistic.

Good luck and I hope WE are not going to get flat at the speed of 40 or more.......(with the TUBES in the tires on the wire laced wheels!)


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