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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old Apr 7th, 2011, 10:10 pm Thread Starter
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96 900ss/cr - upgrade from 4.5 to 5.5 rear rim

Greetings fellow Ducatistas,

I own a 96 900 ss/cr and my rear tire needs replacing but I want to go to a 180 tire vs. replacing my current 160. Problem is the ss/cr comes with a 4.5 rim, while the ss/sp comes with a 5.5 rim.

I called Ducati dealer here in Arizona, and the parts guy tells that the swingarm will have to be changed as well. The ss/sp came with a aluminum swingarm, while the ss/cr has a steel one.

But I hear from others that the 5.5 rim will fit perfectly on the current ss/cr swingarm.

Has anyone done this and can offer some clarity please?
Of course, if this can be done, challenge is finding a good condition 5.5 rim.
So I will proactively ask this as well....can I go we after-market light-weight rims (assuming I cant find a 5.5 rim?)

btw - I searched for about an hour on the forums before posting. So I apologize if my question is redundant.

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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old Apr 7th, 2011, 11:27 pm
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I put a 5.5 Marchesini on my '98 900CR with no problem. You might check out a company called Carrozzeria for good aftermarket rims.

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Jeff: Thank you for the response.
 
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I can only speak for FI models but it should work fine.

Check the front sprocket to make sure it aligns properly with the rear sprocket. On the FI bikes it just requires you to flip the front sprocket and it will be correct. you will also have to adjust the chain guide that is on the swing arm.

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I wondered this same thing, but what about the hugger? My 95 900SS/CR has the OEM 4.5" wheel, but a PO had pinched a 180 onto it. With that tire, I could not get the hugger in place, when I went back to the correct 160 the hugger fits fine. I had always assumed the swinger would have to change in order to do this swap the "right" way meaning everything that should be there will fit properly (I realize a lot of you will advise to ditch the hugger regardless).

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All the SS wheels with same axle diameter are the same. Just need a conical washer/spacer if you don't have one. It goes on the sproket side against the bearings. You do NOT need a new swingarm.

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as above, spacer is all you need to align up the chain, i swapped my 4.5 for a 5.5 no props.

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You guys going for the Fat Boy look? Are you putting 140s up front?





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Yeah it is no problem, if you get all the right pieces at once. Or you can even get creative. I put a 5.5 on with a 170 Q2 and it looks pretty nice, i went the creative route.
As stated before, just look for an 900SS wheel instead of a CR, be sure to ask if it's 5.5. Try to get one with the correct spokes to match your front.
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You guys going for the Fat Boy look? Are you putting 140s up front?





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haha the fat cati!!

no with a 180 rear you get more tread on the sides when leaning so have more grip my theory anyway haha plus it looks better :P :P :P :P :P

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