Triumph Scrambler

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  1. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recovering Speedfreak

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    Those are just powder coated standard rims. I did some light trail riding on em without any drama, but my understanding is they're not really up to aggressive rough riding (which the Scram isn't really designed for out of the box), although I have seen some folks on here get away with it.

    Planning to grab a set of Excel rims from Woody's for the new project :evil, which is aiming to be about as capable off-road as a Scram can be without going for a few more inches of travel, messing with the geometry, throwing in a 21" front, extending the swing-arm and all that jazz.
  2. amanlikemike

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    Thanks. No extra fuel at the moment. although I was planing to pick up one of those canvas fuel cells to strap to the Kriegas. But that was before the Overlander platforms came out...
  3. amanlikemike

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    140 IMHO:

    • Larger upright contact patch for most situations
    • More sidewall area for the twisties
    • Looks meaner! :evil
    Slimmer tires might be a bit better for cutting through loose / slippery stuff to find traction off-road, and may keep the slim look Triumph wanted for the bike, but I immediately one size up at the front and rear and liked it better.
  4. tvscum

    tvscum Been here awhile

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    I researched Excel rims a few months back. Excel told me they only make silver to fit the scrambler, not black. Do you have any idea what Woody's will charge? I assume you would ship them your OEM hubs and have them laced up.

    I bent one rim already and sent it to Buchanan's to be straightened for about $110. I bent it again recently and pounded it out (almost). Then, my buddy told me, "Hey, if you had aluminum rims on that Scrambler the rim would break instead of bend." Any truth to that statement? I know the aluminum is stronger, but I would rather bend than break.
  5. tvscum

    tvscum Been here awhile

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    There is no information on Woody's web site specific to Triumph Modern Classics.
    http://www.woodyswheelworks.com/home.htm

    I emailed Woody's about fitting a Scrambler and here's the quote:

    "We can lace new black 19 x 2.5, and 17 x 3.5 excel rims to your stock hubs. They will require new spokes, which we can build stronger wheels when we replace them with new ones. The excel rims only come in silver, which we have to strip and re-anodize to make them colors. If you sent in your hubs, we can lace them with new black excel rims, stainless spokes/nipples for $1100 + shipping. We also can seal tube type wheels for tubeless tires, they do have to be 19'' and smaller. We only charge $99 per wheel and they come with a 1 yr. warranty against issues with the seal."

    I believe Buchanan's will do black Sun rims with SS spokes for about $1,000 + shipping for the pair. The Buchanan site also only lists Excel rims in silver. I am sure they could re-anodize them black for a fee too. I am seeing some special requirements for the rear spokes listed on the Buchanan site for Modern Classics, including the Scrambler:

    http://www.buchananspokes.net/products/spoke_kits_triumph.asp

    At the bottom of that page it says for the rear:

    "Cast aluminum hub is all inside laced. Slightly smaller diameter on brake side and requires four different spokes. Most stock spokes were 7-8 gauge. These spokes are larger than stock diameter for durability, but will not require hub to be drilled."
  6. amanlikemike

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    Standard Excels do only seem to come in silver, but Woody's can powder coat the rims before assembling for an additional $150. You can send them your OEM hubs, or also get a set of Talon ones to fit. I'd get a quote direct from Woody's, but you'll be looking at something in the region of $1,100 for a pair of rims, built with 40-count SuperSize SuperLace stainless spokes and nipples. Then there's the powder coating cost and extra if you want the rims sealing for tubeless.

    The short travel suspension on the Scram is going to definitely increased the risk of damaging wheels, whether that be cracked or bent. With godawful stock suspension, those chances are dramatically increased, so if you haven't already it makes sense to upgrade the shocks and forks to start with before dropping big bucks on snazzy rims.

    If you have already replaced those parts with something good and adjustable and set them up for rough riding, you'll be in the same boat as me. So, I guess we'll find out if anything less than 6" travel results in busted wheels of some description, no matter how good the rims are.

    Regardless, I'm going to give it a shot. :evil
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    amanlikemike Recovering Speedfreak

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    Ha! Looks like you just beat me to it!
  8. tvscum

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    Yes, I already have Bitubo front fork cartridges and YSS rear shocks. They did not help with the bent rims. One more thing on the notes above...

    The Scram stock rims are 19 x 2.5 inches, and 17 x 3.5 inches. Both Sun and Excel make the stock rear size, but for the front, it looks like Sun only makes a 19 x 2.75; while Excel makes the stock front size. No biggie, though.
  9. professorv

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    One additional option for rims are complete wheel sets. I got mine from Dubya USA (www.dubyausa.com) for about $1350 shipped from California to Chicago. They're Talon hubs mated to an Excel rim on the rear and a Behr on the front. It'll save you the down time of sending your hubs away and you'll still have your original hubs and rims to do whatever with. I sold mine to recoup some of the cost. Couldn't be happier with the rims and Dubya's service.

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  10. henryII

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    I got mine for the total of 700USD, 500 for the rims and 200 for the building.

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  12. henryII

    henryII Been here awhile

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    Hi Texrock, they are spanish morad alloy rims. I got a wheelbuilder to put them togheter for me cheap, as he is retired and basicly do old Triumphs Bsa rebuilding. I also went for a 4.25" inch rear rim, that open a set of Metzler 150 rear tyre. Ps a lot of nice Italien Scramblers out there.

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    Cheers
  13. ClineDesign

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    What rear fender is that? I like it a lot.
  14. henryII

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    Hi it is from Pete Waldram, check out http://www.pjglassfibre.com

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    Henry, your bike looks tits. Lets see a current full view.
    In fact many Scramblers here are looking good.
    Nice job gentlemen - the black wheelsets are looking good too. :thumb
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    Donkey Been here awhile

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    Thank you for the replies :beer
  18. Texrock

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    Looks good Henry. I wish they shipped to the US. Post a full pic when you get a chance.
  19. TT RDHS

    TT RDHS Been here awhile

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    Of course he/they ship to the United States, or at least he shipped some stuff to me a couple months ago...
    Give them a call.
    They're great folks!
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  20. henryII

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    Sure. I am not happy with the low signal mount, but I relocate them when I am not out with luggage. Kinda scary
    when the luggage hide the signal when riding.
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