Ask Woody About Your Wheels

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

  1. macamoose

    macamoose Been here awhile

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    Hi Woody, I'm a bit new to the spoked wheel world so when I went to change the tires on my DRZ and noticed two dead spokes on the rear I took them to a local professional. He tried turning a few of the spoke nipples and when they wouldn't budge he said the wheels would need to be entirely relaced with new spokes, but that they were good enough for riding off road with for now. Is there a penetrant I could use that would loosten up the spokes so the wheels can be trued up as is? Can I really ride off road with wheels that have just a couple of dead spokes? Just trying to figure it all out. Thanks,
    Thad
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  2. Krautbikeman

    Krautbikeman Failed Anger Mgt #$%@#$%^

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    Off the top of your noggin, what are we talking $-wise?
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  3. Cigars&Scotch

    Cigars&Scotch My eyes are up here

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    Hey Woody and Chris

    A set of beat up up R90S wheels heading your way tmr via Priority mail. Take a look at them and do your magic.
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  4. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    circa $600 from what you have described....

    once we have the wheels and see exactly what's cooking,,,we call back with a fairly accuarte estimate and a set of options,,,

    later ,,woody
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  5. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    FYI,,,,the mantra that serves your wheels and your pocket-books highest good,,,,it IS better to have ALL your spokes tight....otherwise you'll be overstressing the remaining 34,,,and that's when the descent into hell begins,,,

    in your case ,,some liquid wrench and a good workout with your spoke wrench,,,or just get 2 new spokes n nipples and snug em up to match the tone of the rest of the spokes,,,

    usually,,,we find that the nipples' threads are rusted and clogged with dirt,,,,we just snip em out and start over,,,however,,,if the rest of the nipples fail to turn,,,the usual trick is to just snip em all and start over with a heavy duty ss set,,,circa $200 for a complete rebuild
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  6. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    dan,,first thing i'd check is the front wheel for true,,,that's the frist culprit usually

    raise bike on stand,,spin front wheel,,it shouldn't hop or wobble

    check if front rim is bent,,ya can't miss seeing that

    check to see if all your spokes are ringing the same,,,ie tap each spoke with a screwdriver

    then tell me what ya find,,most good mechanics can tighten up a few loose spokes and get your wheel sort a true,,,

    BTW,,lowering your air pressure would just have aggravated your problem,,

    regarding the upgrades on your sm project,,,highly advisable to go with cush drive,,would need your complete rear wheel assembly like i mentioned in the above posts,,,and then we'll see about adapting something that will work
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  7. fasteddy

    fasteddy Been here awhile

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    Hello Woody, I've been told you might be able to help me out. I'm trying to determine if the complete front wheel from a 950/990 Adventure can be swapped out with the front wheel from a 950 Super Enduro???
    :ear :ear :ear
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  8. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    they use different spacers though from what i've heard,,and the 90 adv has flanges for dualdiscs as opposed to a single disc on the SE,,,the SE hub is basically a 950 hub with the right flange machined off...my son chris may know what's needed exactly
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  9. fosicalo

    fosicalo RideDaily

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    :buellerWoody, My 07 ULy needs some tires with some traction for this weather.Being 17 inchers don't know what to do.Got some idea there?
    Thank-you and may GOD Bless!:ear
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  10. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    how wide are your rims,,,what tire size do you have now and how much space is there around the existing tires,,,,that'll tell me more of what i need to know
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  11. bullfrog

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    Woody,

    I need a silver 18"x2.15" rim and a set of spokes for the front of my '04 KLR650.

    Would you by any chance have a used or take-off rim you can sell me to keep my costs low???

    Thanks...
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  12. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    will check on it for you today,,,may even have good used spokes,,,call shop number below later toll free
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  13. bullfrog

    bullfrog Dismember

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    :clap :clap AWESOME:clap :clap

    Thanks a lot...

    I'll be calling later...
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  14. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    You know Woddy I being looking at the labor involve on your wheels for quite sometime, from the GS ones that you fix to the ones you build and from experience (After doing them my self many times) I can atest you are a freaking genius that still follow the "Old ways" of a job well done..

    Nice to see somebody of your honor stature around here..:bow
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  15. zrod

    zrod Been here awhile

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    First of all I'd like to thank Larryboy for turnin me onto Woody's and Bullfrog for steerin me to this thread.
    Hate it took me so long.:huh
    I feel like a KLR has been lifted off my chest.:wink:
    Over the past few years I've been gettin hammered with questions about my big front wheel.

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    And later my Chicky's Sherpa.

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    I did my time approachin wheel companys about my needs and just before shootin myself, I did it myself.
    I'm not proud of how I accomplished my feat and certainly haven't felt comfortable about sharin my methods with my KLR Bros of various mechanical abilities, still with no confidence in a wheel company to recommend.
    I'm thinkin finally there is someone out there that is truely interested in helpin.
    Thanks Woody for your proven interest with our wheel issues.
    I know you may have to open another shop:lol3 , but could you please devote some time to come up with a reasonably priced spoke and wheel kit for the many do it yourself KLR owners who have expressed interest in Zrod's Big Wheel.
    Thanks again for all your support,
    Rod

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  16. bullfrog

    bullfrog Dismember

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    +1

    well said zrod...
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  17. bullfrog

    bullfrog Dismember

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    D'oh!!!

    2:40pm tried to call...
    shop closed for the weekend at 1:00pm...

    Hopefully you found something???

    I'll call again on Tuesday Jan 2nd...

    Happy New Year!!!:freaky
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  18. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    soooo sorry,,,:cry :cry :cry mother nature has hammered us big time over the last week or so,,,and it took me til noon to shovel my way out of my house,,by the time i got to the shop,,,half the guys hadn't made it,,,and the snow kept on falling so we surrendered,,,,i'll be in tomorrow and looking again for you,,,,woody
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  19. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    Hi Woody,
    Do you have a ball park price to relace and true f/r 16" rims on a Roadking. I would like to have the stock cadmium spokes replaced with ss spokes. Original rims/hubs are in excellent condition.

    thanks, bill
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  20. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last

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    L&T is $80
    SS and Zartan nipples circa $80
    SS spokes ss Nipples $95
    derusting /priming/painting rim if necessary $10-20
    polish spoke n nipples,,,look like warm chrome forever..$40
    we can also service and set-up your bearings better than HD

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