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Thread: Sidecar Tire Rack

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    Default Sidecar Tire Rack

    Hi, appreciate if anyone could help identify a sidecar tire rack that I recently picked up, looks very similar to ones fitted to early j Harleys. The outside dia. of the rack rim is 21" which seemed too small for a 28" tire but too large for a 26" tire,
    wasn't sure if the spare tire fitted like a normal beaded edge tire to the rim rack or the tire tube kept it in place. I am presuming it is for a Harley, as the back colour looks like olive drab.
    Appreciate any help
    Regards
    Mick

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    In the teens, 20's, and 30's Harley made different size tire racks for various models and tire sizes including L, LT, QL, QT, and LS models.

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    In 1925, Harley changed to a smaller wheel. We'd call it 20" as it takes a 3.85 x 20 clincher tire. In old terms it was called a 27 x 3.5 tire. The rack on the back of my 26 Harley LT sidecar measures 21" across the outer edge of the clincher rim. The tire fits on as a clincher, just like it does on the wheels. Maybe that's what you've got.

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    Thanks for that, your explanation sounds pretty Good, appreciate your input. One thing i love about these old bikes, one small part, can lead to so much information that i previously knew nothing about. ( i see that there is a 1925 front wheel currently on ebay, the tire is a 3.85 - 20)
    Again, thanks for your help.
    Mick

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