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Old 06-05-2015, 05:00 AM   #1
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Help figure out a front wheel

Can anyone help me I.D this 21" rim/wheel? Old Honda I think cause it fits neatly on my 79 XL500.
What Old Honda did it come off of?? I need a front Backing plate for it and have been looking at wheels for a match...and so far no go.

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Old 06-05-2015, 05:01 AM   #2
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21" wheel

Other side of 21" wheel in question.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:55 AM   #3
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That's going to be a tough one. May I suggest using one of the on-line OE parts suppliers with parts fiche; Service Honda

Start with your '79 XL5 and look up the front hub. If it looks the same, make note of the Honda part number. Then, use the Part Number Lookup feature to see what other bikes that hub will fit.

With any luck, someone that rode older Hondas will see this thread and recognize the hub/wheel.
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:13 PM   #4
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That hub looks tiny, what's the inside diameter? Measure the diameter and width of the shoe contract area then Cross reference that in the ebc brake shoe catalog. My guess is a small displacement cr from the same era.

If your going to go to the trouble of swapping out the 23" wheel for a 21" you really should consider doing it with something that has a disc brake. That xl500 has some serious go power so putting smaller drum brakes on it would not be a smart idea.

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Old 06-05-2015, 09:42 PM   #5
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I would think maybe a xr250 xl185 etc etc.

Gunna be hard to find a backing plate if you can't just go to a bike wrecker and see what fits.

Maybe there's a part number cast into it? Any other identification marks? Often times the rims are date coded, look for it, that may help narrow down the search.
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