SXR Sportster Street Tracker

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Dirt Track Conversion Kit for Sportsters from 1986 to 2003

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This SXR Street Tracker™ conversion kit was conceived to give Sportsters a dirt track make-over with superb styling at the least possible cost. I stayed away from exotic features like alloy tanks and upside down forks--I want you to have a radical bike on the cheap. This kit (or just parts) will fit Sportsters from 1986 to 2003. Side covers will fit from 1982-on. 

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The primary features of this kit are:

  • Bolt-on parts, quicker build time
  • Excellent quality parts
  • Most complete Sportster conversion kit
  • Least expensive Sportster kit Phil Little

I want you to look at my downloadable SXR brochure and assembly manual. They will get you into the detail weeds. I include a price sheet which I attempt to keep current.

I will happily answer all your questions. I would prefer that you call me because a conversation is so much more informative than slow emails. The day number is 952-935-8833. My cell is 952-607-6063.

Fitting wide dirt track tires on narrow Harley wheels

Udo Meuthen from Italy reports that he mounted Mitas H-18 27x7-19 (130/80-19) on a 2.15" H-D cast front wheel. The result was 1 to 2 mm clearance from tire to front fork on each side. He continued by building a rear wheel by mounting a slightly wider a Mitas H-18 140/80-19 (27.5x7.5-19) on the rear tire, again with success. Thanks,Udo.

Often I get calls about fitting the above wide tires on wider rims than the narrow Harley wheels. My answer is “I haven’t a clue.” Wider rims allow a fatter tire profile. Our wide tire/narrow rim plan just clear forks and chain guide. You have to go to the wheel or tire seller to get answers about clearance issues using of wider rims.

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Fiberglass Warning

More than a few parts I offer do not met DOT or SAE guidelines for safety. This is especially true of my fiberglass gas tanks. Metal tanks crush upon impact. Fiberglass can break and leak upon impact. This of course is a source of fire and a danger to you and others.

By purchasing any of my tanks (and other non-compliant DOT and SAE parts) you are assuming the risks of danger, injury and death. If you will not accept the risks, don’t purchase my products or return them unaltered for a refund.

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A sticker for your race bike or street build. There is no charge but you haveta purchase a body kit from me (that keeps the kids away). 

Sportster Racing QuikTurn 27° Steering Kit

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This trick racing part will allow you to beat stock Sportsters. Read more

This guy makes your wheel kits

jeff ellison 1Jeff Ellison is a metal whiz. He takes giant pieces of aluminum and whittles them into beautiful spacer kits. Here he is with a solid ‘short’ chunk of aluminum--it’s just a six footer. Normally this stuff comes 12’ long. To get this little piece on to the saw, Jeff has to call the guys in his shop to help him muscle it onto the table.

Jeff is an old flat tracker but now does fast trail riding and ice riding. He just turned 61 in March 2017. I had him make a ring for the 9 spoke conversion kit, and so there was no confusion about which part I needed I called it a “Jeff ring”. So now you know.

Great idea on the cheap

morris gold sxr wheel 1Here’s a way to avoid costly powder coating or multistep auto paint for your wheels. Peter Morris out Utah way just did a rattle can job on his wheels (see the entire project bike). If you polish the sidewalls (or sand them to a fine grit) and clean your wheels, aerosol is the answer. Don’t forget a light primer.

Yes there will be some work masking but it will be rewarding. The tires will protect the paint and when its thoroughly dry it will last.

Pete said “I ordered wheel paint, clear coat from Grimm Speed. As with all painting 90 percent was in the prep. I cleaned the wheels with a soda blast process (from Harbor Freight) then washed them. Then cleaned with acetone. I then used wet and dry down to 2000 grit for the rim edges where I wanted to leave unpainted. I then polished the clear areas before clear coating over the gold and unfinished areas. I LOVE the color.

Here’s source of wheel paint.

Sweet UK Tracker

SweetTracker2Alistair Renvoize from Penrith, England built the Sportster street tracker I should have built but I did mine on the cheap. Al said...

SweetTracker19"Ever since my youth I had dreamt of one day buying an XR750. They are too expensive so I started exploring the possibility of converting a Sportster into a replica. That is when I stumbled across Phil's site on the internet. The products and ethos felt right. I ordered the tank, seat unit, 19" front to rear wheel conversion kit, etc."

Some SXR Products

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  • Front number plate

    This number plate fits around the stock headlight on Sportsters with 39mm forks. It bolts on easily. Bonded two piece unit has a white front and a black rear panel which mounts to fork tubes. It secures with hose clamps-hardware supplied.

  • Fork brace

    CNC machined in a skeletal style. It strengthens the front end and acts as a mount for front fender and fork guards. It’s aircraft alloy aluminum. Mounts without removing the wheel.

  • Sportster Side Battery Cover

    This is my Gen II battery side cover with rounded contours to compliment the shape of the oil tank on the right side. This is a fiberglass piece made in black gelcoat. The surface from the mold is microscopically rough so I sand it with 2000 wet/dry and polish with 3M’s Finessette II so it looks like a factory part.

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    To install it remove the old battery cover (with skulls maybe) and the little triangular plate that hides electrics. Install my cover to the three mounts for the triangle cover. I provide three black flat head Allen screws that screw into that factory mounts. Over time these rubber mounts degrade. Hardware store and Harley rubber/metal mounts are too under sized to fit the frame holes snugly. Often I wrap the mounts with plastic electrical tape before I first install them-this helps a bit.

  • 19" rear wheel replacement kits

    Street trackers and for sure Hooligan racers need a 19" rear wheel so dirt track tires can be used. The cheapest source of a 19" wheel is buying another front. Yes, gigantic tires can be mounted on narrow 2.15 wheels. I now have four different conversion kits for all the H-D front wheels from 1986 to 2005 and maybe beyond. Make absolutely sure your 13-spoke wheel specs fall into category B, C or D.

    Kit A for 9-spoke wheel

    Bolt-on conversion kit allows you to mount a 9-spoke front 19” Sportster wheel on the rear. It will fit cast and spoked wheels designed for ¾” axle from 1986 to 1995. Kit contains 2 big spacers, 2 little spacers, ten 7/16” cap screws, 3 sealed bearings and a long bearing inner crush spacer. The 5/16 holes in your wheel have to be drilled and tapped for 7/16" cap screws. Have a local machinist do this, or I will drill and tap your cast wheel for $60 and spoked wheel for $85.

    Kit B for 13-spoke 19” wheel w/ 1” axle and 2 3/8” pilot

    • Hub width (length) between mount faces 4.391”
    • Sleeve (pilot) around bearings 2.208”
    • Axle 1”

    Your 5/16” wheel holes will have to drilled and tapped for larger 7/16 cap screws. If you have a 1” rear axle, the center of your front wheel will have to be drilled out to 1-5/16” for a large center crush spacer. Have it done locally or we will drill, tap and bore your cast wheel for $125.

    Kit C for 13-spoke 19” wheel

    • Hub width (length) between mount faces 4.055”
    • Sleeve (pilot) around bearings 1.975”
    • Axle 3/4”

    Determine if your rear axle diameter is ¾”. Measure the collar (pilot sleeve) around your front wheel bearings. If its 2” you want this C kit. Near as I can figger the years for this wheel is 1996 to 1999. Kit contains 2 big spacers, ten 7/16” cap screws, 2 sealed bearings and a long bearing inner crush spacer. You use your stock outside small spacers. The 5/16 holes in your wheel have to be drilled and taped for 7/16" cap screws. Have a local machinist do this or--I will drill and tap your cast wheel for $125.

    Kit D for 13-spoke 19” wheel w/ ¾” axle and 2 3/8” pilot

    • Hub width (length) between mount faces 4.391”
    • Sleeve (pilot) around bearings 2.208”
    • Axle 3/4”

    Determine your rear axle diameter, the collar (pilot sleeve) around your front wheel bearings and hub length. I’m guessing this wheel is off a 2000 to 2003 Sporty. Kit contains 2 big spacers, ten 7/16” cap screws, 2 sealed bearings and a long bearing inner crush spacer. You use your stock outside small spacers. The 5/16 holes in your wheel have to be drilled and taped for 7/16" cap screws. Have a local machinist do this or--I will drill and tap your cast wheel for $125.

    Conversion kit ordering

    I need the following information to give you the right kit:

    • Number of wheel spokes: 9 or 13 (I don’t do 5 spoke AU wheels)
    • Rear axle diameter: ¾” or 1”
    • The approximate hub width where rotor and sprocket mount: 4.055” or 4.391”
    • The sleeve (pilot) around bearing: 1.975 or 2.208


    KitHub lengthPilot ODAxle
    A kit 4.060" 1.980 or 2.333" 3/4"
    B kit 4.391" 2.208" 1"
    C kit 4.055" 1.975" 3/4"
    D kit 4.391" 2.208" 3/4"


  • 1" super dirt track bars

    My old supplier of bars was asking a huge amount for his bars which put my retail at $149-that is waay too much for bars. I found a better source. I can now offer a great bar with a 4" rise, a 10" pullback and a better 34" width. They are dimpled to allow cables to pass under switch components. You will find these most comfortable riding and on your pocket book.

  • Stainless 2:2 Exhaust

    Stainless steel exhausts look right on a street tracker. Performance gains and weight savings.

  • Hooligan Pipe for 1985-2003 Sportsters

    hooligan pipe 1Hooligan 2-into-1 pipe system is a race-styled exhaust for street and track. It is lightweight and tucks in low alongside the frame so it can avoid damage in right hand corners. The 2¼” x 12” megaphone has a deep throaty sound and excessive noise is trapped by a perforated core surrounded by steel wool packing which is permanent-no repacking needed.

    The entire system is brushed stainless steel. You don’t have to paint it and it is non-rusting. This pipe gives a modest increase of torque and HP over the stock Harley system. This pipe system works even better with modified engines. This is a Cone Engineering product. I have worked with them for years and their stuff is superb.

    The design of this system works only with stock pegs in the stock location. This exhaust is illegal on California streets but okay for Hooligan tracks in that state. The sound should pass at most race tracks who require a “muffler. Other tracks use decibel monitors and how they test becomes critical. This pipe will be fine for short Hooligan tracks of 1/8 to ¼ mile. They will perform even better on long ½ mile and mile tracks.


  • SXR 15” Shocks

    sxr shock 1These are high quality American shocks that were designed specifically for AMA Sportster dirt track racing some years back. They are more robust than street shocks. Construction is double wall. The big beefy shaft is precision ground and hard chromed. Shocks use a fluid cell to produce fade free damping. Pre-load adjustments have five positions for your weight. And most importantly they are 15” tall.

    In addition to leveling the bike, these taller shocks allow more fender-to-tire clearance for my license plate assembly. The bike will lay over more on the side stand but still works. These progressive shocks have 60/130 springs. This is an all-round rate to suck up the small bumps (60) and a stiffer portion (130) to handle the rough jolts. I removed the geeky looking collars that come on the OEM shocks. That makes these shocks look more dirt tracky.

    Here’s a reaction from Rob Robinson, Woodside, CA:

    I wanted to share with you what happened when I put these shocks on my 883 Sportster. Being a slight fellow (at 280 pounds) the stock 12” shocks were terrible to say the very least. I had to max out the preload so they didn’t bottom out as easily. They were stiff and even then I still managed to find the bottom almost habitually. (Pain in the you know what....)

    The shocks were beautifully painted (orange) and they are very high quality, exactly as stated. I took the bike for a spin after installing them and I could not believe the difference they made. It was like I jumped on a completely different motorcycle! The bike steers quicker and feels 100 pounds lighter. I think the taller shocks affected the fork angle, which could account for the quicker steering. My tracker transformation is in-progres, so I still have the stock 16” rear tire. I imagine the new 19” rear might be even better yet.

    These shocks are worth every cent, so if you're on the fence about purchasing them, I say JUMP!

  • New SXR Graphics

    In July 2017 I found a new graphics supplier with better quality, faster speed (max 2 days) and cheaper prices so I dropped the old supplier and all the prices. Relish! The tank stickers have a white outline which separates them from an orange body. Tail and fork guards use a black outline. There is a gold outline around the USA stickers.

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    SXR (750, 883, 1000, 1200)

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  • Sportster Racing QuikTurn 27° Steering Kit

    NEW! Hot news for Sportster Hooligan racers.

    Pre-release. No pricing yet.

    Simply put my steering head insert kit moves the front
    wheel and fork rearward 3 degrees for faster, easier,
    more controlled cornering

    The Sportster Racing QuikTurn 27°© is a product for those who race Sportsters on dirt tracks. It does not benefit road riders other than aesthetics.

    The current rage of Hooligan racing (big twins on short tracks) is the reason this product was undertaken at considerable cost. Sportsters are big heavy motorcycles with a long 30° fork angle designed for stable road riding. Any attempt to put a stock Sportster on a short track will yield slow, awkward and difficult handling (all wrapped in the word ‘slow’.)

    27 deg steering kit 2Now let’s get into the nut. I will not bore you with minutia of rake, trail and offset geometry. A Sportster 30° fork angle stabilizes the front-end and keeps your motorcycle traveling the road in a straight line. Racing a stock Sportster exhibits heavy and sluggish handling because the weight of the chassis is attempting to self-straighten the fork in corners.

    A steeper fork angle (27°) allows the motorcycle to "fall" into turns (race corners) for quick and easier turns. A bike with a steeper fork handles bumps and ruts well but forfeits some straight line stability but also produces a lighter handling feel when turning. This is good for racing. 27° is a happy medium between 30° road forks and serious dirt track forks with 25° and 26° fork angles.

    Okay, your Sportster can be made to turn faster and easier with my steering kit without greatly effecting straight line stability. I would be cautious about extreme high speeds with an altered front end. I have had high speed wobbles with 25° fork angles but I’m guessing this won’t be a problem with my in-between kit angle. [Note my word “guessing.”]

    Kit is made for sliding

    27 deg steering kit artNow if you have prior dirt track experience and have mastered “sliding” into corners, my kit will be a happy addition to your ability to countersteer. This means steering to the right as you turn left. As you enter a corner by leaning the bike to the inside and by applying power, the backend moves out to the right as it loses traction because the rear tire patch is reduced and the front end is loaded. You steer right so the bike doesn’t spin around in a circle and pitch you into the ether.

    This whole business of sliding into and part way through a corner allows you to redirect the bike’s direction faster than a competitor who has to drive around a corner with an unaltered frame. Your straight line drive and acceleration distance will be longer than his and you will beat him to the next corner, all other factors being equal. If you don’t know how to ‘slide’, you will be able to learn it with my kit and experimentation during pre-race practice. A little note here. If you are a “slider”, cut off a portion of your frame’s steering stop on the right side. Stop cutting when the trees are about to smash into your tank.

    quickturn steering kit 20Here’s a photo of the prototype kit installed on my Hooligan. The only way to tell something is going on is by comparing the head and fork angles.

    quickturn steering kit 21Here’s a closeup. Notice how the steering column is kicked forward on the steering head.

    Currently a production order has been given to my very busy machinist, and the installation guide is out for production too. I have a strong feeling that the price will be over $300 but reasonably sure under $400.

    Other steering options

    There are vendors out the offering insanely priced “trick” triple trees. More often than not these products only move the fork out or in from the steering head, but maintain the stock fork angle. Ain’t gonna work too slick. This can help in some track conditions but does not make steering easier or faster. The only way quicker steering can be achieved is to alter the fork angle.

    We are the only company to develop a simple and economical product for better dirt track cornering. Few have done it inside the steering head. And nobody has done this for a Sportster.

    Buy my kit. It will help you win, especially against stock Sportsters and maybe those pesky Indians. 

    If you want future updates and pricing on this product, write me and I’ll put you on the steering kit list.

SXR Pricelist - 11/21/17

Tank in white: coating, cap, petcocks & mounting $495
Tail in white: seat, taillight & license plate $495
Body parts in orange $125
Body parts sanded, polished & graphics applied (learn more) $125
Left side cover, rounded style, black $89
Mud guard, replaces stock fender dirt deflector $39
Chrome license plate frame $15
LED turn signals 4, not legal $45
LED turn signals 2, not legal $29
SXR Graphics
Order individually or as a kit
Tank sides $89
Tail graphics $29
Fork guard $29
SXR kit $147
SXR/USA Graphics
Order individually or as a kit
Tank sides (2) $89
Tank top $36
Tail deck $29
Tail sides (2) $29
Fork guards $29
SXR USA kit $212
Fork brace $255
Fork guards, mounts to brace, white $79
Fork guards, mounts to brace, orange or black $89
Front fender, mount to brace, white $79
Front fender, mount to brace, orange or black $89
Front number panel, white/black back $139
Kit A: 9 spoke wheel, ¾” axle, 1.980 or 2.3” OD pilot $325
Kit C: 13 spoke wheel ¾” axle, 1.975” OD pilot $345
Kit B: 13-spoke cast wheel, 1” axle, 2.205 OD pilot $345
Kit D: 13 spoke wheel, ¾” axle, 2.208” OD pilot $345
Machine 13-spoke wheels for 7/16” screws $69
1” Dirt track bars w/ dimples, Rise-4”, Pullback-10” Width-34” $79
Napoleon bar end mirrors, black $61
Napoleon bar end mirrors, chrome $61
Hammer head grips, old style, huge hit $15
15” Progressive shocks without sleeves, black $285
15” Progressive shocks w/out sleeves, orange springs (both include 60/130 springs) $355 
2-into-2 stainless for 1985-03 Sportsters $895
Front header/rear headers only $459
2004-2010 Sportsters w/ O 2 sensors $912
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Specs and prices may change without prior notification.

Products sold by PLR are copyrighted. Some parts are not DOT approved for street use and are for racing only.

Phil Little is ripoff artist

Why is that piker Phil Little charging $125 for an orange color upgrade and why does he charge me $125 to sand my parts?


My fiberglass guy normally shoots white parts. White gelcoat is the cheapest resin and it hides flaws well. When I ask him to shoot orange he has to take time purging the lines on his spray equipment, dial in the orange and re-purge the lines to shoot white again. This takes time he wants to be compensated for. Reasonable.

Parts sanding

When parts come out of the mold the surface is always orange-peely. And scratches appear as the part is dragged out of the mold. Scratches and dips in the mold are imported to the part. Oh for sure you can take the parts as-is and do the work yourself. (You sand with 2000 w/d and polish with 3M's Finessette II.) I spend a whole bunch of time sanding and polishing. I often do it 2 and 3 times to get rid of all the blems. Sometimes foreign specs are in the part. I remove them and fill the divot with orange gelcoat. (It would be impossible for you to do this.) When I’m done, the surface is beautiful. This step too takes time.

Generation II tank and tail for SXR

The new Gen II SXR tank


About a year ago I made a new Gen II tank and tail and have been selling them ever since but have failed to show you the difference. My bad.

This photo shows you the old and new tanks. The new tank is about 2" wider and just 1/4" taller than the old tank. I think the new one looks better than the old one--it's just proportioned length/width-wise better than the narrow original.

The side view is very close to the old tank. The only difference is the graphic panel is slightly reduced.

The new Gen II SXR tail

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You can contrast the new Gen II tail in this photo with the old molded in taillight in Gen I tail. The new Gen II tail has a larger taillight which is safer. The overall design of the tail is unchanged.

Why we will no longer offer black gelcoat parts

The middle of March 2017 I made a decision to discontinue black gelcoat parts. Any part in black gelcoat is a genuine bitch to deal with. Black shows flaws that other colors do not. I will not release parts with flaws so I have to spend time eliminating them. Black will show embedded shop dust smaller than a pencil lead and down to the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Each miniscule flaw must be fixed.

gelcoat flaw markersIn the photo you see black parts with little blue pieces of tape on them. Each tape location marks a flaw. Each foreign element must be carved out and filled. “Carving” is a gross word. This process is done with magnifying glasses and the tip of a Stanley blade. The offending foreign bits are removed with the blade tip which creates a micro cavity and we are still talking about a cavity the size of the following period.

That micro cavity is filled with a little bit of black gelcoat. Each is then sanded flush. Only then can the entire piece be sanded with 2000 wet/dry, then polished. This process of sanding and polishing continues many times with black parts until all the flaws are removed. The entire process takes hours and hours. With each hour repairing the part, profit dollars leak away. So now you know why we no longer wish to do black parts.

An exception will be made for black side covers--they will be black