Ask Woody About Your Wheels

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by woody's wheel works, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. Autostream

    Autostream Long timer

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    OK, so I'm not about to have 5 sets of wheels, but may have to look at making my stockers bullet proof.

    I lower the pressures significantly, but I suspect that because the tires are rolled in so much for the narrow rim that the sidewalls are not flexing as much as they could/should, particularly with a strong tires like the Dunlop D908 RR...would this also be a correct observation?

    QUESTION:
    If I was to bring my stock wheels over in September (be in USA for 4 weeks) what rims would you recomend for travelling outback Australia and sand?
    Here's a good example of conditions... http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=152387 but maybe with a little more sand.

    No intention of running paddles (except for maybe one play day). Probably more things like Dunlop D908RR's, Michelin Deserts and stock Scorpions for light off road/street. Runninmg 140/80 & 90/90.
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  2. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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  3. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    What is and where can one find T patches?

    Are they reliable?
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  5. street tracker

    street tracker High, wide, and handsome

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    Here's one I bet you don't get everyday:

    I want to put dirt-track capable tires on a '98 Sportster. On the front I've got a 19x2.5 with a Dunlop K180. My question is, what's best for the rear... 17 or 18 inch? I've got a new stock rear hub ready to go so I can go either way. Doesn't need to be super wide, but how wide a rim can I use with the stock belt drive?
    With the bias front tire I don't want a radial rear, so I think that rules out most of the 17" tires. Also, I want to stay with DOT-legal tires. Any suggestions?
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  6. wibby

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  7. street tracker

    street tracker High, wide, and handsome

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    Not quite... I want something closer to a classic dirt track or maybe a supermoto tire.

    Bitchin' picture though! I've been following that story... :thumb
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  8. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    i've got a sportster set up like a flat tracker,,,,we do these every once in awile,,,you need something like a,,,,2.50x19 front,,,3.0 x18 rear and we can pick from all the street legal rubber that look like a flat track tires,,holler ,,,woody
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  9. SennaSixty8

    SennaSixty8 uber moto abuser

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    Chris @ woodys is in the process of scaring me up a 17x3.5 RT wheel for the front of my R12GS. Hopefully project Giganti-supermoto will be underway soon. :clap
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  10. QUICKDRAW

    QUICKDRAW Bug Murderer

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    I sent a PM before I found this thread so..... I'll ask here too. What size Rim Lock should I use on an 06 BMW Daker rear tire?

    Thanks,
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  11. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    What's the best way of balancing a spoked wheel?
    I have a balancer and the lil adhesive lead weights but they look a little tacky stuck to the sides of the rim


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  12. woody's wheel works

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    your basic set up here is close,,,to refine it here's what we do,,,

    1. we have several axles in various diameters set aside for the exclusive use to balance,,,ALL constantly monitored for straighteness

    2.where you used a bushing to prop up the shaft we use smooth worn ball bearings with no seals,,,to minimize drag

    3.. tape a weight works fine,,,provided you preclean the surface with brake cleaner or acetone

    4...up to an ounce of counterweight we install at the light spot of wheel assy,,,,make sure all ojects like discs n sprockets are mounted for a more accurate balance job

    5, where heavier weights are needed we like to install the weights in a delta patern 1e,,more like 120 degrees apart,,,much smoother

    6. for roadracers and enduro riders,,,we cover the weights with a piece of duct tape as added insurance

    7, ALWAYS check your wheel /mag for true and no dents/flat spots....before ya balance,,,it's a waste of time n money to balance a crooked wheel,,,,you'll have a wheel that physically will still shimmy n hop once you ride on it

    PS,,,pssst,,,FYI,,,, you don't stick the weights on the side of the rim,,,ya stick em either on the drop center portion of the rim or on the flat surface to the left n right of the drop center:wink:
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  13. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    Mine would not fit anywhere else, I just put 'em on 'til I find a better weight

    Whatever that is?

    This is the first tire I've run balanced on the DR, never had a issue with the other tires but thought I'd try it this time
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  14. sweptwingnut

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    Thanks Woody! I just started riding this summer and was wandering why the front tire might be hopping and shimmying on my '06 1200GS. I was going to say it was simply out of balance. But after reading all the info on this thread I think I have a better place to start now.

    I will be planning to send you some wheels this winter.
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  15. hogmolly

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    Woody,

    I have a R100GSPD and I'm think about having the wheels trued and spokes tightened and/or replaced. Is it possible to offset the rear wheel by 5mm when respoked? I have interference problems with my rear tire and shock and must use spacers. I would love to stop using spacers.
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  16. woody's wheel works

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    i should have no problem swinging that,,,a good idea at this stage is to do one of my restorations,,,ss spokes are in order,,,i upgrade all those old chrome spokes,,they are notorious for rusting and having the heads crack off,,,am doing several as ispeak,,,one customer is taking my advice of having his rims anodized,,,the oem ones were polished akronts that get kind of crusty

    send em down ,,you won't be disappointed,,,do it sooner rather than later cause i'm off to ashville on the 26th -10 sept
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  17. hogmolly

    hogmolly Dude

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    Where do I get the relavent info like where to ship, approximate cost, how to pack, etc. Can you do a black anodize?
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  18. woody's wheel works

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    just check the website below,,everything is there,,,also the toll free number,,,thanks wooody
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  19. sousap

    sousap Adventurer

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    Hi Woody,
    I have a TDM900 and I would like to make it mode Adventure...
    The stock rims are 3.5x18 and 5.0x17:
    I have the following options:
    1. change the front rim for an Yam cast 3.5x17 and fit Pirelli MT60RS 120/70 and 160/60
    2. change the front and rear for Yam cast 3.5x17 and 5.5x17 and use Dunlop D616 (Uly stock tires)
    3. move to spoke rims...


    My questions to are:
    what do you recomend from your knowlage? (sizes, hub/rim brands, tires)
    did you ever modify an Yam R1/R6/TDM?


    Regards,
    Paulo
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  20. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    i've pm'd paulo numerous times trying to find out what his objective is,,,that's something i need to know from any of you wanting trick wheels built,,,
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