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O:k. I want to tackle the hard steering issue first I guess before moving onto the ratio. One thing I thought about earlier was the f-tire. I'm not sure if I have bias or radial. I'm sure I want a radial on the front.
I would recommend a bias they tend to ride softer and can do with less air than a radial.
The Bridgestone BT45R is a really good bias.

Offset trees will help with the 30 degrees of rake by lessening the trail (doesn't change the rake) however the added 4-6 degrees of tube angle will cause more sticktion and therefore slightly harsher ride. The extra angle will also lower the front slightly so you may also wish to go with extenders.
Unfortunately you can't change the rake without cutting the frame head but the above changes will help a bit.
In general with the 1-2 conversions you just get used to the hard steering in time.
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So radials on the rear and bias on front???
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Absolutely MC radials are nothing like auto radials. Actually the mc bias is a closer match than the radials. Problem with MC radials is they are hard as rocks and ride pretty rough because of that.
You can mix and match tires on a motorcycle all you want as it does not matter.
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I used 84 Ford Ranger rear/axles, 4 bolt, 15 x 7 on my trike. Tire size is 215/65/15. If my rims Mustang, 4 bolt) were a bit narrower (6") I would have used 205/70/15. But the difference wasn't that much as I changed gearing to 3.00. If needed one can re-drill the axle, install 4 studs. We're not running 600 horsepower on these trikes.

Run rear tire pressures from lows of 12-16 (left/right) to 20/22-24 (left/right) and front tire (40). Rear air shocks about 40-ish lbs. Front air fork pressure: 5-6 lbs.

My trike is a 1985 GL1200 Aspencade, narrowed Ford Ranger rear with a 1996-8 GL1500 MotorTrike body. Also installed 5 degree steering. I built it in 2008 and is still running great.

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I am at 40 front. 20 LR 22 RR. Have not been out yet to try it. Have not done the air fittings yet for front forks. Blue3 how did you do your 5 degree? A new tree or cut and weld the head. And I did forget about the ranger runs 15" on four lug.
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jammer, bought 5 deg. tree (expensive for GL1200...GL1500 are cheaper). Had too as the wife drives the trike. ;-) Like I said...try those pressures and lower rear more IF needed. I still worry about your air bag. Just a bit much as a auto bag (7" size ) is enough for all weights carried. Only need in the range of 20-30lb pressure.

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4 lug on Ranger? Never seen one, yet. There were 4 lug 15" wheels for Mustang and Capri. My 78 Fairmont had 4 lug 15" wheels

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I thought for sure ranger was 15" Been building mustang race cars for 10 years. never saw a 4 lug 15" mustang. (you did say fairmont)
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B3R2 Is your concern for the heft of the bag? It will fully extend before it gives out.
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