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i did a search and couldnt find what i was looking for really. im wondering if i need a big twin springer with the rockers on the outside) to run my interchangeable star hub wheel WITHOUT BRAKES. basically, will the 41 star hub fit in between the WL springer? i can make up custom spacers ect since im not using the front brake parts.... but then again im thinking that i may end up putting front brakes on it later(so i should just buy the BT front end anyway?) will the BT front end fit in a WL frame?
 

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the bt front end is 1" and the WL frame is 7/8" that won't fit

the rockers on the outside are WLC and the rockers on the inside are WLA

the WLC has the same type of front drum as the BT models (bolted on to the starhub) ,where the WLA is the fixed drum/hub wich is laced in the wheel

i'm sure you can trade the BT front end with some one for a WL type front end ;)

the spacers can be made and there's no problem there
you will need the big front axle of the BT or WLC modelsfor the rockers
make sure you have the org. one before you make those spacers !!!
 

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sorry i forgot to mention
you don't need the BT springer you need the WLC type
but the only difference btween the WL springers is the rockers which make it the WLA or WLC version

but both can have the star hub
you will need an inner sleeve/tube to mount the WLA axle in to the starhub because its a 12 mm axle ;)

cheers philip
 

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We always just drilled the stud holes bigger in the lower legs and installed the BT studs and rockers on the 45 legs. Used a stock BT axle and spacers. I did it on the XA springer I had on my Knucklehead. Used a BT brake. Rode it lots of miles with no problems.
Larry T
 

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We always just drilled the stud holes bigger in the lower legs and installed the BT studs and rockers on the 45 legs. Used a stock BT axle and spacers. I did it on the XA springer I had on my Knucklehead. Used a BT brake. Rode it lots of miles with no problems.
Larry T
WLA springers (even NOS) were plenty around overhere in the late '70s, early 80s.. I can't remember how many times we drilled out the stud holes and fitted them with Bigtwin or WLC rockers..(and changed the 7/8" stem to a 1"..)
WLA stuff was the cheap, not so much wanted stuff back then overhere..
 

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Danny,
We didn't change the stem on the XA. we installed 45 cups with "adaptor" (sheet stock wrapped around the cup) and used all the 45 parts (loose ball bearings and all). As I recall we had to cut the crown nut in half and the triple tree slipped over it like it was made that way. Other than that, it was a bolt on deal.
Larry T

BTW, an old fart in the 60s/70s (Knute/Newt in Lubbock) helped me set up the front end. I think he'd done hundreds of them that way.
 

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Danny,
We didn't change the stem on the XA. we installed 45 cups with "adaptor" (sheet stock wrapped around the cup) and used all the 45 parts (loose ball bearings and all). As I recall we had to cut the crown nut in half and the triple tree slipped over it like it was made that way. Other than that, it was a bolt on deal.
Larry T
Larry,
XA forks have a 1" stem from the factory and use all big twin bearings and cups. If you had a long fork with 7/8ths stem it was from a '41 WLA, not an XA.
Robbie
 

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Larry,
XA forks have a 1" stem from the factory and use all big twin bearings and cups. If you had a long fork with 7/8ths stem it was from a '41 WLA, not an XA.
Robbie
OK, I guess I've always used XA to describe any longer military springers, even though I know some of them came on WLAs.

Can I call it a military desert frontend?
 
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