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    I purchased an 03 GL1800 with a Champion kit from a local dealer. Since the purchase I know of two occasions that this dealer has flat out lied to me. Needless to say, I dont have much faith in him now.

    Anyway, he tells me there is a 4.5 rake kit installed on it and it also has 1 fork extensions installed. As for the rake kit, when I look down there I see no black on the clamps, but I also see no fork extensions. Would they be under the top clamps so I can see them?

    Measuring from the ground to the bottom of the trike directly behind the front wheel I get 103mm. I have to use the car jack to lift the trike enough to get my bike lift under it. Does that sound right if there are 1 extensions? Is there some other way to check without front end disassembly?

    Assuming it does have kit and extensions, Im still not real happy with the force I have to use to get around turns. Would installing 2 extensions help with the turning or just make things worse.

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    A quick and easy way to check rake is the 3 or 4 finger rule. No rake means you have very little clearance between lower cowling and lower tip of fender. With rake you should be able to get 3 or 4 fingers between lower cowling and lower tip of fender. The greater the degree of rake the more clearance you have.

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    I have a post a few down on this forum relating my experience with the Champion trike on my 09 GL1800. Mine was too low to get my floor jack under, I had to run it up on a 2x6 to get the front high enough to jack up. Mine had 1" extensions, but you could not see them as they were under the top tree, I couldn't see them until I took the forks off. I got 2" extensions from Papa Zook at Cut-N-Shoot. I can jack up my trike now, it handles better, and my bright lights shine down the road like they should. Made me a happy camper.

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    My 1500 with EZSteer has near about 1" aluminum extensions, but the parting line between aluminum extension bottom and steel fork tube top end is just about maybe exactly about 1/8" up into the lower edge of the top tree's clamps which I done on purpose. No one will ever see it without pulling the top tree off. At the time, I just wanted the steel fork tube top end itself supported within the top tree clamps … so I gave up an 1/8" … and when I was playing with different fork springs the top tree aligned threads very well when reinstalling the extensions which also compress fork springs.

    I like the extensions also because I can remove fork caps without having the springs pop up … and through the hole in their centers I can pour new fork oil in at change time, using small funnel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trikeman View Post
    A quick and easy way to check rake is the 3 or 4 finger rule. No rake means you have very little clearance between lower cowling and lower tip of fender. With rake you should be able to get 3 or 4 fingers between lower cowling and lower tip of fender. The greater the degree of rake the more clearance you have.
    I get 2 1/2 fingers in there. Three will fit but it flexes the fender a bit. Thanks for that useful rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingerbill View Post
    I have a post a few down on this forum relating my experience with the Champion trike on my 09 GL1800. Mine was too low to get my floor jack under, I had to run it up on a 2x6 to get the front high enough to jack up. Mine had 1" extensions, but you could not see them as they were under the top tree, I couldn't see them until I took the forks off. I got 2" extensions from Cut-N-Shoot. I can jack up my trike now, it handles better, and my bright lights shine down the road like they should. Made me a happy camper.
    This answer hits all the points I was looking for, 'specially the "handles better" part. 2" Cut-N-Shoots are on the way. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingerbill View Post
    I have a post a few down on this forum relating my experience with the Champion trike on my 09 GL1800. Mine was too low to get my floor jack under, I had to run it up on a 2x6 to get the front high enough to jack up. Mine had 1" extensions, but you could not see them as they were under the top tree, I couldn't see them until I took the forks off. I got 2" extensions from Cut-N-Shoot. I can jack up my trike now, it handles better, and my bright lights shine down the road like they should. Made me a happy camper.
    Got my 2" installed with the same results that you state. Glad I did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by controlu View Post
    Got my 2" installed with the same results that you state. Glad I did it.
    I just posted about this in the RoadSmith section. I am amazed at how much better the trike handles. I did not expect that change.

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