Ask Woody About Your Wheels

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  1. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Coming soon to a wheel repair shop near you...

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    Should be shipping this to you for repair next week some time. :wave

    Thanks for the GS wheel turn around too.

    Steve
  2. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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  3. Wilmo

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    Hi Woody,

    I have a set of RAD wheels with their Econo hubs and Excel Rims that I just bought from the states and had shipped into Australia (because it was cheaper than buying Talon wheels locally).

    Anyway.....I have had two problems with these wheels since receiving them and wanted to ask for your advice.

    1) The nipples supplied are RAD's own alloy nipples with the hex heads that protrude on the inside of the wheel (they aren't flush like other nipples). My tyre fitter blew two tubes fitting the tyres because the hex heads punctured through the rim tape and blew the tube. RAD said to just run 4 layers of duct tape over the rim instead of rim tape, so I did and the tubes are now in and tyres inflated. My question is this - will this be durable enough for a dual sport bike (DRZ400) that's doing plenty of miles? RAD said they never had a problem on their MX teams bikes, but I imagine they swap their tyres out much more frequently and consequently inspect the duct tape covering the nipples often and replace it if required.

    2) RAD supplied alloy spacers for each side of the wheels, that the axle runs through, which slot into their oversize bearings. I've noticed that the spacers are not a perfect fit for the 20mm axles on the DRZ. They are perhaps 20.5-21mm internal diameter. Consequently they slop around on the axle slightly, whereas the OEM suzuki ones are a perfect fit.

    I again queried RAD on this, and they said they used to make them fit perfect, but they had some sticking issues with the spacers (I presume being stuck to the axles through deformation or corrosion). They said once the axle nut is done up, then the clamping pressure of the forks/swingarm will hold the spacers tight and their won't be any movement. This just doesn't sound right to me! Surely the spacers are going to move slightly leading to wear on the inside of the forks/swingarm where they contact and/or axle. Again, maybe of on a MXer where you throw the bike away after a season of racing it'd be ok, but not suitable for a Dual Sport in my opinion, especially one doing plenty of road work as well.

    I know you guys use lots of RAD hubs in your wheel builds.....is what they are saying correct? What advice would you have?

    Many thanks

    Andrew
  4. configurationspace

    configurationspace delooper

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    I put on the new WWW wheels today. The front wheel really is a lot lighter than the stock one. The rear wheel is a bit lighter but it's not as dramatic since the new rear is a larger wheel.

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  5. configurationspace

    configurationspace delooper

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    Hey Chris,

    Is it possible to lace up the stock Behr rims to your fancy new wheel hubs?

    I really like how much lighter your wheels are.
  6. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    the oem Behr is 40 hole my wheels are 36 holes:cry:cry:cry:cry
  7. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    FYI,,,just got back,,,,.010-.030'' are standard deviations in bearing/axle tolerance/clearance,,,,i'll call BOB AT RAD AND GIVE HIM A HEADS UP ABOUT YOUR PROBLEM

    at the wheel works webelieve in tighter tolerances,,,,:thumb

    woody

    ps,,,and we do not use those nipples for those very reasons:wink:
  8. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Was wondering why you hadn't answered my e-mail...out of town and playing catch up...that's cool. :thumb

    Make sure to answer me though....I need help. :huh


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  9. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    we straighten,,,,soooo many things,,,,this one can be had cheaper used,,,e-bay,,,craigs list etc,,,obtw ,,what is it,,,??? perhaps i have one in the back 40

    :wink:,,,,wooody
  10. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    My e-mail must have gotten lost. I want an 18" front superlace/supersize on a black Excel rim. I don't care about a speedo drive for the hub, something beefy that will be going on a leading link front end that is yet to be built. I'll build the front end around the front hub, big axle and big bearings with my dual discs would be nice.

    With a matching 18" rear.

    Can you do it? :ear
  11. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    i can build ya most anything,,,,however a starting point and destination point make my journey alot easier:wink:.......recycling your discs would be easier if i knew their size,,,bolt hole pattern,,,locating hole diameter etc,,,,

    woody
  12. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    the weight loss gains get snubbed out a bit by not only going from the 2.5x17 oem rim to a larger stronger 2.5x18'' excel,,,,with a slightly larger rolling diameter as well as a huge increase in available dirt rubber choices,,,

    but also the addition of 2 rim-locks that enhance your ability to get power to the ground over a much larger tire pressure range than the oem tubeless scenario!!!!!

    there are tradeoffs,,,,in this case your'e not only having your cake and eating it too ,,,,:beer you get eye candy:super and mo strength :clap,,,and durability:thumb,,and a sense of confidence:eek1:eek1:eek1,,,and i'm sure there's more:dunnohelp me out you superlite junkies!!!!

    woody
  13. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    That's why I'm here asking. If it sounds feasable then I'll get my wheels on the way and we can get things started.

    Starting point is a '96 Bandit 600...the destination is 18" wheels front and rear. Don't get locked into the Bandit thing when thinking of front hubs...it doesn't matter except that the discs fit...I want a beefy hub.
  14. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I'll paste in the e-mail I sent you the other day since I've got your attention here instead.


    I'd like to do a front superlace/supersize black Excel in an 18" for a front wheel, the hub doesn't really matter since I'm building a leading link front end for it to go on. I do need to have my dual discs fit it. '96 Bandit 600 is the model. I'm not really concerned with a speedo drive for the wheel.

    For the rear I'd like a black excel 18" superlace/supersize for the same Bandit.

    It's a dedicated sidecar mule and it helps if the wheels are just a touch too wide for the tire to help square the tire off a little. I'd like to run 120/90 tires front and back with tubes. If I can afford it I'd like to do a matching 18" wheel for the sidecar too. I'd better see what the damage is on this first though.


    Thank you for your time,

    Rob


    I'm pretty sure I can't afford the hack wheel right now, so scrap that idea for now.

    Does that help?

    Thanks.

    :beer
  15. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    several items,,,FYI,,,Avon makes some nice square sidecar tires in 18''

    next i need your complete wheels ,axles ,spacers,brakes etc so i can see how we are going to go about this in the most economical,manner

    i have huge selection of stuff that ican pick from or modify,,,we can sometimes just machine whats left of yours and weld the appropriate size rim to the machine spokes on your mag,,,,your slooked like it has seen better days ehhh???

    a few more pics of your rear wheel wouldn't hurt either,,as wella s the sidecar wheels,,,


    later:beer

    woody
  16. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Thanks for the help, Woody.

    That's cool about the Avon sidecar tires, I'll have to look into those for street use. I'm mostly going to run knobs though.

    Only the rear needs to be matched to the axle and stuff.

    On the front I just want a big hub with good sized bearings, an axle to match, spacers, my rotors to fit and no speedo drive. I'm junking the whole front end so I don't need the spindly front axle I have now. I want to start from scratch for the new front wheel.

    I'll get a pic of the rear wheel for you. The sidecar has a trailer spindle/hub and a four bolt wheel..I'll get a pic of that too. I'm really thinking of dropping the new wheel idea for the sidecar for now..I'd have to change sidecar mounts and stuff to make things work...although a package deal and make it fit this winter wouldn't hurt either.

    I'll post in the morning.

    Thanks. :beer
  17. Varitech

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    Hi every one !


    Some information of V-Strom DL 650 wire wheeles tubeless, pictures, process completed project !:norton
  18. MTRhead

    MTRhead HOLYSHIFT!!!

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    Woody,

    I am looking for a second set of "street" rims for my 07' KTM 950SER.
    I would be doing 97-3 and some 2up riding so I was thinking supersized superlace 17" black Excel front and rear, Avon SM Distanzia's (120 fr - 160 rear).
    I would like a straight swap out for my dirt wheels, so would need rotors and rear sprocket 45T. Could I upgrade to a 320mm front and use a spacer block for the caliper. Am I able to get anodized "KTM orange" hubs?

    Looking for any info you could suggest (and pricing /delivery).
    I am in TO, Ontario, Canada.

    Thanks
  19. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Hey Woody, I looked at the rear hub..there isn't any point in a picture, it's one of those hollow light weight deals..I don't want to use it for the next wheel.

    Any interest in getting me some wheels? :ear

    18" front, black Excel, supersize/superlace, hub doesn't matter except to fit my rotors and having good sized bearings.

    18" rear, black Excel supersize/superlace, must fit my sprocket and rotor.

    1996 Bandit 600
  20. Tycho

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    Woody -

    Can you make tubeless wheels for a 2008 KTM 690 enduro?
    Thanks.:ear