GS 17 Inch Wheel Conversion

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by dcspringer, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. dcspringer

    dcspringer n00b

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    Looking for information for converting the R1200GS 19 inch front wheel to a 17 inch. Also the rear to a wider 5.5 for a 180. I don't do off road riding so I want more yire options for the street and track.
    Thanks for any help!
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  2. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    More trouble than its worth.
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  3. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    The easiest way to do this on the 1150's is to bolt up a set of RT (or R) wheels. I suspect that the 1200 is the same.
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  4. dcspringer

    dcspringer n00b

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    Thanks...it is starting to sound like the R1200RT/R is a simple wheel swap. Transfer the rotors and ABS ring and bolt it on.
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  5. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    Search this topic in the GS forum...I think there is more to it than that. The rear needs to be offset or milled in some way, IIRC...
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  6. lkchris

    lkchris Albuquerque

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    Sounds like the guys that want to lower 4WD SUVs.

    Guess it's OK to have a lowrider contingent here.
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  7. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    I have two sets of spoked wheels (one on road with Anakees and one off road with TKCs) and the 19" front is a compromise size. I have been thinking about getting one converted to a Woody's 21" for off road/gravel travel and getting a 17" from an RT for on road touring.

    The wire wheels are pretty heavy. Compared to my buddy's MS12, my rear with tire is at least 50% heavier and he has a much wider tire .

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