The tranny has a different offset.
Save yourself the aggravation and contact Heartland. They are realeasing a new 200 kit for the 99-05 bikes in the month or so.
The cheapest route to a fatter tire on the 03-05 bikes would be going to a chain drive with an aftermarket fender. Then you could do a 180 rear in the $1000-ish price range if you did most the work yourself.
Hogpro has a kit as well I think?
Heartland has a 180 kit and I think its almost 2 grand and you still have to get the fender painted and install the deal!
Wait and see what Heartlands new 200 kit for the older bikes is gonna look like.
I'm actually a fan of the old school narrow assed bikes. Somehow the big fatass wheel and fender on the 06+ bikes hasnt set in with me yet. My first thought when I saw one on the showroom floor was how it looked like a metric from behind....Suzuka M109-ish?
But I'm in the minority. Most guys want and lust after the fattest tire they can put on. I'm into the narrow *** rear fender classic softail look and 160 for all around ridability.
So long as you arent running those big seats that look like couches the original styling cues for this bike are timeless. To me the symetry of the 03-05 with the 150-160 tire and the original sized rear fender flow well with the character of our bikes. The previous 130 tire sized 84-02 bikes are just a tad narrow tho.
I'm installing an 18X4.25 black spoke with a 160/60/18 tire next week. Cant wait. Tall and narrow rocks when done right!
Like this bike. Think this dude is rocking an 18 rim with a 140 tire....Thats just pure badassness personified. I found this bikes wheel setup and stance to be so striking that I was on the phone with DNA the night after drooling over this guys bike having a set of black wheels and hubs with stainless shiny spokes put together.