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Ask Woody About Your Wheels

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by woody's wheel works, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. wilfred

    wilfred juvenile delinquent Super Supporter Supporter

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    I would like to know about converting my XCA Tiger wheels to tubeless tires.
  2. MattF44

    MattF44 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Woody -- do you have any advice for patching over a rim lock holes in a Dirt Star rim? I don't tend to air down like the previous owner did and would like to remove the rim locks just to make replacing any flats that much simpler.

    Thank you for any advice.

    Matt
  3. lamotovita

    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD! Supporter

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    Not sure if Woody's monitors this thread, but you can order plugs from an XT350 Yamaha ti fit those holes.
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  4. MattF44

    MattF44 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Really appreciate your advice! Thank you.
  5. MannyM

    MannyM Adventurer

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    Hello Woody et al.

    F800GS (2011)

    Looking for some information... is it possible to re-lace the rear wheel to a 3.5" wide rim using the stock spokes? Is there enough reach in the OEM spokes...? Experienced wheel builder looking for some help before I re-lace my wheels... Hoping not to have to get new spokes.

    Thanks,
    M
  6. gobbler

    gobbler Adventurer

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    I'm in need of a front rim for my 06 KTM 950 adventure, I want to use the stock hub and spokes but want to go with a 21' X 1.85". Do you have something that will work? Thank you.
  7. Parx400

    Parx400 Long timer Supporter

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    Hello Woody. Are the old Rad hubs for the 990 and 950 Laced Jap or Euro pattern?
  8. Parx400

    Parx400 Long timer Supporter

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    Pretty sure you can use a stock super enduro rim for what you need. I think it even uses the Stock spokes.
  9. Whodatschrome

    Whodatschrome Long timer

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    DRC also makes rim hole plugs. They're designed for plugging rim lock holes, as well as valve stem holes if you're installing a mousse. You can get them from RMATV for a few bucks. I've used them many times, and they work very well.
  10. bthebird

    bthebird Knight in muddy armor

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    Hello fellow inmates, I recently bought a 2006 BMW R1200GS and found some hubs from a Adv. I ordered a 21 X 18 wheel conversion with a pro wheelbuilder with very good reputation here in Belgium/Netherlands. They used a 1,85 X21 excel front rim and used the OEM hubs. The result looks fantastic, but when I put in the front wheel, the calipers rub against the spokes because of a different angle they are in. Has anybody here had the samen with a 21inch front rim conversion on an 'early' R1200GS?
  11. z00l

    z00l Adventurer

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    @woody's wheel works
    Hello.
    I need a bit of information.
    I have HP2 enduro and question is regarding tyre size that can be fitted to rear sumo wheel.
    I have done some research an in one of post you answered that "FYI it's the same as rear R1200GSA] you must know this rim is optimal for the 150/70x17 tire size or a 160/80x17..the 160/60 or 70x17 need a wider 5-5.5 rim width "
    Question is why is 160x80 ok and 160/60 is not?
    To my understanding:
    Both have same width
    x80 have bigger diameter
    x80 have sidewall height +32mm compared to x60
    Now according to my research (please correct me if I am wrong) x60 should fit, what I do not understand is why do they need wider rim?
    I wanted to fit 160/60r17 and after reading you suggestions I have doubts :).
    Cheers,
    Vuk
  12. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    An 80 section tire can be pinched more without distorting the running surface. A 60 section tire doesn’t have enough sidewall to adjust to a narrower rim and and will pinch the tire into a V shape.
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  13. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    @woody's wheel works I have a question. Not so much about wheels, but about wheel/tire sizes.

    I'm currently riding an FTR1200, which has a 19" front, and an 18" rear. The stock tires are not all that and I'm looking for something to replace them, street tires. My question is about the rear. The stock rear rim is 18x4.25-18. Can I use a 160/60ZR18 on that?


    Why am I asking? I noticed there are plenty choices in 150/70-18, but these are typically tires with a fairly stiff carcass, allroad tires. However I'm looking for a tire that is a little more pliant. Like the Bridgestone T31 or Conti Road Attack 3. (but these are only available in 160/60ZR18, not in 150/70).

    According to some information the 160/60-18 requires a 4.50" at minimum, others say it will work on a 4.25" wheel....


    Got any advice? Will these fit a 4.25" rim?


    (tnx in advance)
  14. matts1050

    matts1050 V Twin Guy-Just Turned 90 Degrees

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    Hi Woody,
    I have the new Moto Guzzi V85 with tubed tires. What are my options to go tubless? Can I use one of the tape wraps available and still run tubes just in case it fails? Can you lace tubless rims to my hubs?
    Thanks!
    Matt
  15. jchussey

    jchussey Been here awhile Supporter

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    Hi Woody:

    I would like to replace the 18"cast wheels on my 1991 R100RS with 2.5 x 18 spoked. I have hubs from a 1991 GS that will bolt right up to the fork and swingarm and work with the brakes. I want to stay tubeless - what rims would you recommend?

    Thanks,

    Jim
  16. Whodatschrome

    Whodatschrome Long timer

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    No replies from Woody for 1.5 years?...this has all the makings of a dead thread. Might as well lock it up if the vendor doesn't ever reply.
  17. woody's wheel works

    woody's wheel works Built to Last Super Supporter

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    It has been too long since we have actively participated in this thread. In part because Woody would personally monitor and answer questions on the thread(he still is kicking, in better health these days and although not as active in the day-to-day part of the business, he still owns the joint and is working on some fun projects). In part because the thread is so long and can be difficult to find the info you are looking for and the same questions had been repeatedly answered. Did not have someone on staff who had the time to answer in knowledgeable way. Have been busy with some new innovations for our other company, where we design and manufacture adaptive sports equipment, check out some time if ya'd like: enablingtech.com . In addition, we have been meaning to go thru this thread and filter it, to only provide the most valuable info in one place so that people could access the most useful info easily. But every time started the task, was too daunting. So it goes.

    Believe that some time passing and the development of some new motorcycles and the continual growth of the adventure riding community and this forum. That we can revive this thread or start a new one to answer your wheel questions. As we are still building some of the highest quality wheels on the planet and we know a lot about wheels, especially wheels for adventure bikes and want to provide some truth, as there is a lot of mis-information out there, which is why this thread was founded over 13 years ago.

    We are so grateful and honored to be a part of this amazing community and to get to know so many by being a part of it. Providing real info in a field we are experts at is one of the best ways we can give back and help answer your wheel questions here. So, feel free to post your questions about wheels here and we will answer in a timely manner.

    If you think that would be best to start a new thread so you don't have to wade thru this one, please let us know, could start a poll, but don't know that those are too successful.

    If you are wanting prices for wheels, needing wheel work, etc. it is best to PM us, go to our website, email, or call us as this is not the intent of the thread. We will do our best to not "sell" and provide more general info and possibilities. Prices and numbers may come in play as part of the conversation, to give knowledge, etc.

    Thanks for your time and look forward to answering your questions.
    Chris & the Team @ Woody's Wheel Works
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  18. Wonger20

    Wonger20 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks. I'm looking forward to seeing a spoked wheel option for the KTM 390 ADV. There should be a big market for a swappable set of wheels for this bike. I'd love a narrower front and an 18/21 combo, but would settle for a 17/19 spoked, durable combo if the front is still narrow enough.
  19. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer Super Supporter

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    Several weeks ago, in preparation for a three-month tour, I called Woody's Wheel Works and spoke with Jared. He answered all of my questions and guided me through the ordering process. I had a couple of questions after the order had been initiated and spoke with Chris. Again, I got good information. A short time later, I received two beautifully packaged wheels:
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    Fit and finish were, in a word, perfect. To Chris & Jared: My bike is currently on it's way to Japan where I pick it up in April. After that, I'll ride through around twenty countries on my way to Paris. I have every confidence in your craftsmanship. Thanks for your help!

    Mike
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  20. GF-kam

    GF-kam Long timer

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    Sounds like an epic adventure in the making. When you're ready to post a ride report, post a link here and few places.
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