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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by neepuk, Jan 10, 2009.
I believe the TW200 rear rim is size 4.50-14. Is this correct?
As always, thank you for you prompt and helpful reply. I just found the rim size on a parts diagram; that's why I edited my previous post.
Anytime, Senor Spud. I'm not sure what you're up to but the rear rim is also an oddball in that it has 32 spokes. Check your spoke count if you're thinking of lacing one to something other than a TW hub.
The front rim is the more common 36 spoke.
The 32 spokes for the rear rim is good information to know; thank you. I was just curious to learn how wide the rim needs to be to mount an ATV tire. I know someone who has a size 3.00x15 rim, which I am sure is too narrow to mount any ATV tires.
I know that a 4" x 12" works well for an 8" wide tire. The 3" might be pushing it....
Thank you for good information, Dyno.
Does anyone know of a 15-inch, ATV tire which will mount on a size 3.00x15 rim? My Zongshen 200GY-2 originally had a rear wheel with a size 2.75x15 rim. Later, I installed an XT225 swingarm, and switched to the 18-inch, XT225 rear wheel.
Since then, I've been building custom, 18-inch wheels for Zong owners, because you can't buy a knobby tire in North America which will fit the Zong's rear wheel. This other fellow bought another Chinese motorcycle with a size 3.00x15 rim on the rear wheel. I'm happy to build him a custom wheel, but he might prefer to mount an ATV tire, if it will save him some money.
Interesting because I've read the rear wheel is a weak point on the XT225. Have you heard that?
I might have heard of an occasional rear hub cracking; I don't remember. However, I haven't had any problems whatsover, myself. One could always install a TT-R225 rear wheel, which is beefier; the swingarms are identical for both bikes.
Hopefully going to pick up a t-dub for my wife tomorrow. It has 12,000 miles on it. Is that a lot for the little air cooled 200?
Also, is there anybody who's parting them out? There's a few little doo-dads that it will need and I'd rather not buy new through bike bandit...
That is a TON of miles on a little TW, unless it is 12 years old.
My wife's TW is 5 years old, and has just shy of 3,000 miles...of which, I've probably put on half just playing around on it.
the guy used it for commuting to and from work. It's an 05. Should I expect problems from it?
The mileage shouldn't be a big issue, as long as it's been taken care of.
Shoot me a pm on what parts you need. I might have some of it.
The mileage isn't high if he changed the oil regularly
That can be difficult to determine though, and many sellers claim to do it much more often than they do. But if it runs good and doesn't smoke, it should be good for another 65,000 or so miles.
To me; the fact that it has gone 12,000 miles with that little, old school engine; speaks volumes about its previous care, and future reliability. How much did you pay?
Well, I guess this will be one of my first posts... I just started riding last year, never touched a bike before until the MSF class last spring. Today, I finally got some mods done on my 07 TW. I like these forums so much for ideas. I thought perhaps mine would help someone else.
12V Socket & Ram-mount:
Anyone in VA/WV looking to add another TW to their stable?
Mine is an '01 with ~10k miles. Been painted black with custom smiley faces on the gas tank
Runs great, looks...like a TW that's been painted black haha.
Anyhow, I got a great deal on it and will pass the deal on to anyone that's interested. $900.
I checked it out and picked it up today. It set me back...1350$. It's not perfect by any means, it needs quite a bit of cleaning up, some fasteners here and there, a new set of sprockets, new fork gaiters (these ones are separated), but for the most part it's all there and runs/drives fine. It came with a cyclerack, a jimbo shield, and a new rear tire to match the front.
The rear swing arms is kind of rusty where the rear tire spits dirt/whatever at it. Is this pretty normal? When I remove the wheel to replace the tire, I'm going to try to grind off the rust and hit it with some gloss black.
I had already started tearing into it before I thought about taking pics:
Here's one of the pics the PO sent me:
Also, the pipe, he had cut the rear tip off to remove the spark arrestor and welded it back on. This is not legal to use on our ORV trails here, so I was thinking if anybody had a complete pipe in good shape that they weren't using I'd be interested in it.
I threw the seat back on when my wife got home and she fits it just perfectly. :)
looks like a great deal for the price!
I'll buy it, if it's titled