MILWAUKEE-EIGHT FXR BUILD
SUSPENSION AND WHEELS
Part 2: Suspension and Wheels ..............
Last issue, we told you the story of how the M8FXR project came to be and the amount of work it took to put a 2018 Harley-davidson Milwaukee-eight engine and transmission into a 1993 Harley-davidson FXR police-model frame. And let’s just say getting that driveline into a 24-year-old frame wasn’t a vacation to Legoland. But thanks to Justin Coleman, of Torch Industries, and Big Chris at FXR Division, Danny Wilson, aka Motor Witch, and I beat all odds, and the team got the job done. Now it’s time to get this project the performance suspension and righteous rolling stock it deserves.
This bike is going to be fast. We can’t really tell you all of the details of just how fast it will be until we get the performance parts in it and roll it on the dyno, but we can tell you that it will have a firebreathing powerplant like you have never seen once this machine is up and running.
With that said, we reached out to Race Tech for some real-deal suspension. After consulting the 30-plus-year suspension guru, world record holder, and owner of Race Tech, Paul Thede, we decided on using Race Tech’s G6 front end and G3-S rear shocks with remote reservoirs.
Sure, we had the choice of running literally any manufacturer of performance suspension the world over, and we chose Race Tech for this build. Why, you ask? They are made in the United States by a small group of die-hard riders, racers, and craftsmen. Another fact is that Race Tech is a built-to-order suspension company, meaning it has no pre-set off-the-shelf shocks in stock. Each G6 front end and G3-S set of rear shocks are built exactly to the individual rider’s weight, style of riding, and overall intended usage. Other aspects, such as percentage of time the bike will be loaded with gear or with a riding partner, also are taken into account. Of course, the weight of the bike, as well as that of the rider, are other very important parameters the engineers use to make this truly custom suspension just for you.
1. This is the exploded view of the handmade Race Tech G6 forks we are using. Yes, more parts than a Swiss watch, and twice as expensive. But you get what you pay for with top-of-the-line suspension systems.
2. The rear of the M8FXR was treated to a set of 14.5-inch Race Tech G3-S remote reservoir shocks that will be mounted between the rear fender and FXR Division Police saddlebags.
3. We had to upgrade to a Brock’s Performance long-travel bagger rear swingarm due to our previous option not having enough clearance to use 14.5-inch shocks.