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Old 01-27-2013, 04:24 PM   #14
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We wanted an 18" rear wheel, and came up with a solution.... I took the wheel apart and sold the 16" rim, then found an inexpensive whole-wheel from a TX750, which, after some research, I found used the same 40-spoke rim.

Here is the cleaned hub from the XS650, compared to the as-found TX wheel:

Test assembly prior to decision to powder coat hubs and rims.....

Different hubs:

And this is when we ran into "supply" problems... we wanted to re-spoke with stainless steel spokes, and there wasn't a set for the rear wheel to be had....front wheel spoke set WAS available:

Cleaned-up hub:

XS650 becomes a VT BackRoadRunner
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