Rake Kit - How do you know you have it


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Rake Kit - How do you know you have it

Post by socal_jimmy » Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:46 pm



Hi All. I have a previously owned 2005 Honda Gold Wing. Is there a way to tell if there is a rack kit installed?



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Re: Rake Kit - How do you know you have it

Post by tfdeputydawg » Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:08 pm

If the triple trees are aluminum color it's raked.

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Re: Rake Kit - How do you know you have it

Post by Ghostman » Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:43 am

Also you can look at the clearance between the back of the fender and the cowl . With the front tire straight if you can put your fist longways between you have a raked front end. A stock front end has very little clearance between the 2. The trick is figuring out how much of a rake you have if yours is raked.

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Post by socal_jimmy » Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:26 pm

Thanks guys. I looking forward to checking both when I get back to the house.

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Re: Rake Kit - How do you know you have it

Post by newday777 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:18 pm

Stock rake has about 3" from the tire to the cowl.
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Re: Rake Kit - How do you know you have it

Post by Wilcoy02 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:49 pm

OK please enlighten me.

What is a rake? How does it get changed?

I need educated.

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Re: Rake Kit - How do you know you have it

Post by newday777 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:55 pm

Rake kit is a triple tree that is at a different angle to move the forks and wheel forward a few degrees from stock to help steering on trikes and sidecar rigs steer easier.

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Re: Rake Kit - How do you know you have it

Post by newday777 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:35 am

socal_jimmy wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:46 pm
Hi All. I have a previously owned 2005 Honda Gold Wing. Is there a way to tell if there is a rack kit installed?
What did you find Jimmy

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Re: Rake Kit - How do you know you have it

Post by GoldWingrGreg » Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:21 am

socal_jimmy wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:46 pm
Is there a way to tell if there is a rack kit installed?
Sometimes I will go to the manufacture of the trike kit's rake-kits web page, and see if the one in question looks the same. I might be able to help if you post a picture of the top bridge.

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Re: Rake Kit - How do you know you have it

Post by socal_jimmy » Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:22 pm

Thanks every one. I sure have a lot of rake. I can put my fist between and then some. :D

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Re: Rake Kit - How do you know you have it

Post by CrystalPistol » Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:38 pm

Wilcoy02 wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:49 pm
OK please enlighten me.

What is a rake? How does it get changed?

I need educated.
A rake kit is not something to even con sider for a BIKE, but on a TRIKE that steers by actually turning the handle bars into the turn, the built in TRAIL of what was a BIKE has the contact patch a good deal behind the STEERING STEM AXIS, like trying to turn a caster, it makes very heavy steering on a TRIKE. Even just pulling out of a gas station with handlebars turned sharp to enter traffic can be a job if gassing on the throttle.

A "rake kit" really only changes the angle of the fork tubes, adding rake, to shorten trail, to greatly ease steering of a TRIKE and it makes for better control and enjoyment.


To prevent an un wanted drop in the front, extensions of 2 or 2-1/2" are used at top of fork tubes within top triple tree.

Think about that old John Deer tractor with single front wheel on a vertical post steering knuckle, has "0" trail, will stay in a circle even, easy to steer. Some Trail helps with high speeds stability, and On a BIKE that you steer by counter steering, is hardly noticed.
socal_jimmy wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:22 pm
Thanks every one. I sure have a lot of rake. I can put my fist between and then some. :D
Likely you have 6 degrees additional … aka … a "6 degree kit". You may have just 4.5 degrees. 4.5 will help tremendously, 6 is like "4.5 plus power steering". If you had ridden it before the kit, you'd have thought you was driving a old "C-cab Mack" with a load of logs.


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