1. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    The front wheel on my 950 is bent a little. I thought it was the tire but a can see it when running. It's not bad but who wants a bent wheel?

    What is the best way to fix it? Get a new rim and lace it back? Where?

    What kind/size, I want to stay with the 21".
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  2. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 Long timer

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    I got mine back into round with a few blocks of wood and a deadblow hammer. Otherwise, time to get and excel rim or something, or have Woody's build you a rim. Seems like that's what most people go with.
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  3. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    Did you take it off before you beat on it?

    Mine's not bent much.
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  4. el queso

    el queso toda su base

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    Do you have a flat spot or is it out of true? If it's a truing issue it can be fixed with a spoke wrench.
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  5. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    When I finally changed it, my original OEM wheel looked like a Canadian nickel.
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  6. rburkat

    rburkat Been here awhile

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    I take my wheel off and remove the tire, then i put the rime in a big ass vice and apply pressure at the bent out lip, while applying some heat with a torch.
    Straightened out many dings small and large this way.
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  7. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    +1 works like a charm
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  8. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    With the earlier Behr front rim it's soft enough I was able to "message" several smaller flat spots with a 5 lg. rubber coated dumbbell, which had better close proximity impact leverage then my rubber mallet.

    But at a certain point I switched out that rim for the stock SE 1.85mm DID Dirt Star. It relaced to my hub reusing the stock spokes just fine. Just an FYI.
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  9. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul Super Moderator

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    +1 - That Dirt Star SE rim is a tough SOB and works great on an ADV.
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  10. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 Long timer

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    I took it off, and the tire off too. Only takes about a half hour to strip it that far and makes it a ton easier to pound on.
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  11. Off Road Ryder

    Off Road Ryder Long timer

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    A stock SE wheel does wonders on the ADV. easy lace up, and pretty damn tough.
    I'm not so sure about heating a wheel, if you heat Alu you will soften it up,. making it much easier to be bent again in the future.
    I cant remember the last time I had a round wheel on my bike, Oh ya I do, it lasted for about an hr after I put on the Se wheel. Some things just aren't worth worrying about.
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  12. BigNastybrp

    BigNastybrp Big Nasty

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    if its not bad just go ride it. It will bend more and again. check your spokes are tight. if you are only going to ride street and it bad I would change it. the more you bend them back, the weaker it will get. I would not put heat to it. that my .02
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  13. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    No it's true. It's a little flat spot.

    I cant' spin the wheel very well because the brakes are dragging, another thing I have to fix.:loll

    Thanks.
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  14. superpimp

    superpimp Adventurer

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    Yeah tell me about it, its my 3 rd dirtstar rim bent on my superenduro in 3 years.Next i will have have to fork out the cash and go with a woodys version.
    On the pavement it feel like i got and oval wheel in front the front ends jumps.
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  15. sven520

    sven520 Adventurer

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    After the stock one was hammered I got the 1.60 from Woody's, best money I've spent
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  16. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    I bought a damaged wheel off My Brother. Gonna send the hub to Woodys for super laced wheel.
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  17. BigNastybrp

    BigNastybrp Big Nasty

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    send your old stock one to him and put a street tire on the one.
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  18. speedygee68

    speedygee68 dirt eater

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    I bent my front wheel at the LA-Barstow-Las Vegas ride 2 weeks ago....in two different places. Finally took it in for a possible fix but realized the best thing is to do the Woody's wheels thing. And BigNasty's idea of ...sort of repair the oldie and put a street tire sounds awesome. Thanks for the advice.
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  19. Velvet

    Velvet El lobo solitario

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    I bent mine pretty good up in northern NV. I was going to try and bend it back but I'm sure that it'll happen again and again.

    I think its time to get a really good Woody...
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  20. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    I've laced one wheel before on a Husky 175, 30 years ago. IIRC it wasn't too hard. I sold it so I don't know if it held up.

    Mine has a bad headshake from the wheel. I don't likie.

    So I'm thinking I will buy a 1.8 wheel from DID etc and lace it up.

    I think I can do it.?

    Need new spokes, huh, and new bearings.

    I want Woodys but the $$$ and the time off is no bueno.

    Does anyone have a wheel for sale and not some bent sonofbitch like I have? ha
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