dent in front rim

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  1. norschweger

    norschweger Been here awhile

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    <!-- BEGIN TEMPLATE: ad_showthread_firstpost_start --><!-- END TEMPLATE: ad_showthread_firstpost_start -->My frontrim has had a dent from before I purchased it. After a little rougher terrain it seems to be worse. Now I can feel that it bounces, especially in lower speed. It got better when I set the rear shock softer. Now I wonder if I should replace it before I head towards South America. There is a company in Denver ( I am in Colorado right now) who offers different solutions. Is it worth the money to upgrade to higher material quality, is it recommended to take a narrower rim? Is it probable that I could run into trouble next time i am offroad with heavy luggage? Any experiences?
    Thanks a lot!
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  2. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Fix it. Why limp around worrying? This is not something you want to fail on a Motorcycle when you only have 2 to start out with. Won't be easier to find spare parts than it is in the US.

    As you are in CO, Call Woodies or any other motorycycle shop to get you sorted out. Any shop should be able to get you the correct parts to fix it. I'd go thinner. thinner = Stronger in my book.
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  3. Dustodust

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    just a dent should not make it bounce as long as you pay attention to the spokes
    my stock rim had a dozen dents before I changed it and it was a still a nice smooth ride
    it may not be the rim but the tire or tube

    did you check the spokes ?
    make sure the rim is running true
    do you know how to adjust spokes and true the wheel ?

    If I was headed to SA I would rig up an Excel A60 1.86 and custom spokes if I had the money
    or you could lace up a stock Superenduro rim and spokes

    Woodys Wheel Works and Buchanon Spoke & Wheel are the best I know of

    Woodys Wheel Works
    2226 South Jason Street Denver, CO 80223
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    or you could check the "Flea Market" for a used wheel

    BTW !
    you are riding in Colorado right now ?
    BRRRRR !
    its about -1C at my house in the mountains of Southern California right now
    I hope you have some good gear !
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  4. norschweger

    norschweger Been here awhile

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    Thanks folks for the quick replies. I appreciate that a lot!
    Good to read that you both name the company i am in contact with. Guess I will ride up to them and fix it.
    Well, I am escorting my dad to friends and made it just in time over the Monarch Pass, with snow in our back. Heading south as soon as I have fixed my issues with the rim. Waiting for a new tire as well.
    Well, no heated grips, gloves not really winterproof, no heated gear at all, but down vest. I live in Sweden/Norway : )
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  5. Dustodust

    Dustodust Long timer

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    Wow ! you guys are tough !
    In the 1970's on long bike trips I used to wrap my cotton jeans with duct tape and plastic bags , stuffed paper towels in my jacket for extra insulation , that was before the plastic grocery bags , they would work pretty good
    I really like having the polyester fleece now
    I also carry a backpack stove and hot drinks just in case
    I got hypothermia several times , not having money for a hotel in those days
    well glad you got it sorted , have a nice adventure

    you just gave me insipiration to go out in the freeze for ride
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  6. Quietus

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    You can always fix the dents in the rims but if you're planning to use the bike a alot for offroad riding then you must consider upgrading to something better. The OEM rims are made of butter and they can't stand serious offroading without dents.
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  7. LukasM

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    If you are in CO it's a no brainer to go with Woody.

    The strongest solution is an 1.6" Excel A60, but with an aftermarket hub and spokes that allow a X3 lace pattern on both sides. Talon and RAD Mfg are both good.

    Almost as good and much cheaper is to use the 1.85" DID Dirt Star rim from the SE, then you can lace it right up to your stock hub with the stock spokes.

    They both use 7000 series aluminum, but the narrower rim is a bit stronger.
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  8. norschweger

    norschweger Been here awhile

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    Are you from Austria?
    Thanks for the info. I am not an extreme Offroader but i like to go wherever i want and sometimes it gets a bit rough, especially with my luggage on. So I guess i go for the second alternative.
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  9. norschweger

    norschweger Been here awhile

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    So who is tough here : )?
    I have never done that kind of riding. I do it the onion style, layer by layer...
    Do not blame it on me when you got frostbites. I am sitting inside and enjoy the view onto the snowy peaks, next to fire with a cup of coffee and french toast...: ) But later I go for a ride, too.
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  10. norschweger

    norschweger Been here awhile

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    Clamps, hammer?
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    Ah Hah ! here I thought you were tough , turns out you are only smart

    smart wins over tough every time
    Hypothermia is life threatening and not fun at all, very difficult to recover from especially when alone with only a box of matches

    smart was never one of my attributes , but adventuring was

    sleeping bag strapped to the back of a 1968 CB450 Honda, can of beans and a gas stove, roll of duct tape and I was good to go

    Good info by Lukas BTW
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    or a 200 ton press. :evil

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    Overkill much? I think I need one of those for cracking walnuts.
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    Central Cali Rider Love the journey and destination...

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    Woody's .... :clap
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  15. norschweger

    norschweger Been here awhile

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    200 ton press...I knew that i forgot something back home...: )
    Everything prepared to get a new narrower rim by Woody tomorrow..

    Thanks @ all
    Over n out
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    norschweger Been here awhile

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    Got"new" used 1,85 DID rim from Woodys today! I have not tried it yet but I can already say that I can recommend this shop from my heart. Great service, nice and skilled people, who understand the situation one is in and even give things and service that is not for granted!!!
    Looking forward to put it on and ride tomorrow...:freaky
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  17. norschweger

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    What a difference! I can finally take my hands off the handlebar. There is no bouncing at all any more. And the narrower rim feels great on dirt! Just when I came onto a paved road for the first time after 16 miles, it felt weird, but I will get used to it!
    Good decision to invest a bit and to find peace of mind!
    Saddled up today for new adventures further south...
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