Woody's wheel change question

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Rich-in-GA, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Rich-in-GA

    Rich-in-GA Adventurer

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    I just got a new 2017 GS Rallye and decided to order a set of Woody's spoke wheels to replace the OEM set that came with the bike. I don't have the equipment to do the wheel/tire change myself, and the closest BMW dealer is about two hours from me. There is a Yamaha dealer close by that can change out the tires and wheels, but they don't have the ability to balance the rear wheel. How critical is it to have a BMW dealer do the swap? I'd prefer to make sure it's done properly, but it's a logistical nightmare to get the new wheels delivered to the BMW dealer and then make the drive on my bike.
    Also, the new wheels are 19 x 2.5 front and 17 x 4.25 rear. The OEM's are 19 x3 front and 17 x 4.5 rear. I've been told that even though there is a slight difference in wheel width, it shouldn't be an issue swapping out tires and fitting the new wheels on the bike. Is this correct?
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  2. JimVonBaden

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    I was pit crew for a BMW racer a few years ago. We never balanced the rear wheel, and generally BMW doesn't from the factory.

    I say, don't sweat it.
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  3. Blackhawkx

    Blackhawkx ADVRIDER

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    I have never balanced a wheel on my GSA. Stock wheels or my Woody's wheels
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  4. picard

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    If you're worried about it, throw a couple of ounces of dynabeads in there before mounting (assuming Woody sealed the wheels for tubeless).
    Or you could spring for a Marc Parnes balancer setup (considering what you just spent, not a huge additional investment) and do it yourself. This would be my choice.
    I'm a little confused, are you swapping your OEM tires onto these? Since you went to narrower wheels, why not throw a new set of 110/80 and 150/70 on? Still some better choices in that size combo.
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  5. Rich-in-GA

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    The bike came with Anakee III's 120/70 front and 170/60 rear on the OEM wheels. As you mentioned, the Woody's Wheels are slightly narrower at 19 x 2.5 front and 17 x 4.5 rear. I'd prefer not to have to invest in new tires right now, if I can help it. Woody's says the stock size tires should fit on their wheels without a problem. Would I notice much of a difference by going to the narrower 110/80 and 150/70 size tires?
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  6. Bill-66

    Bill-66 I din't even know...

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    Meh...much ado about nothing..

    If you're really worried about it..airsoft pellets.
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  7. Jbrjbr21

    Jbrjbr21 Been here awhile

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    I think people get smaller rims so they can run the smaller , E07 Dakar etc., tires. Are you selling old wheels/brakes?
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  8. Djunta

    Djunta Been here awhile

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    The new bike wheel, 5K miles, without tire:
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    TPMS weight:

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    Tyre:

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    Djunta Been here awhile

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    debalnce weight:

    005.jpg

    So, balance or not?
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  10. glen gs

    glen gs Been here awhile

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    Jim, Do you check the balance of the rear wheels every time you swap out a rear tyre?, if so do you find that there’s
    hardly any weight needed.
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  11. JimVonBaden

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    I do, since I can. They vary from zero to 40 grams, more or less.
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  12. Byrdguy

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    Somebody enlighten me. Why spend a (what I assume) is a fairly large amount of money for some Woody's wheels when a new Rallye comes with a set of spoked wheels in nearly the same size.
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  13. Rich-in-GA

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    I’ve had Woody’s wire wheels on my ‘06 GS and they are bulletproof. Heavier gauge stainless steel wire and Excel rims make them much stronger and more durable than the stock OEM wheels. They are also narrower width, which makes better handling off-road. It’s one of the best up-grades I’ve made on bike.
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  14. Bill-66

    Bill-66 I din't even know...

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    Woodys are far superior..

    My plan is to retain my hubs...but have woodys build them with Excel rims in the hexhead sizes..opening the tire sizes up..

    I'd love them with Woodys ultralught hubs like my 08 hexhead..but sace some coin this way
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  15. candlecfer

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    I might get some negative feedback but

    Totally agree and running A3 doesn’t seem like money well spent to do lite off road when the rims go bad then spend the cash for the upgraded wheels I also have a Ralley and it doesn’t get treated very kind at time and have not had any issues with the rims what so ever most the time you could tell what cold the rims are from the grim just my 25 cents


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  16. Rich-in-GA

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    Before and after pics.....Woody’s wheels are lighter, stronger, and way better looking than the OEM’s.
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  17. Jbrjbr21

    Jbrjbr21 Been here awhile

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    Was it an exchange or outright? Core charge or credit for oem?
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  18. Rich-in-GA

    Rich-in-GA Adventurer

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    I purchased them outright.
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  19. BigDaveSr

    BigDaveSr Will Work for Food!

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    Did you go tubeless?
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  20. Hammerdown77

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    Just an interesting observation, look at where the factory wheel weight is on the wheel in this picture. It's not that far from the valve stem, where the heavy ass TPMS is. On my rear wheel (2016 GS cast wheels), straight outta the crate from the factory, I had a pair of those lead weights on the opposite side of the wheel from the TPMS. In contrast, my buddy who bought a 2017 GSA had NO wheel weights on his rear wheel.

    I recommend always balancing the wheel if you can. I've run mine without weights and above 50 mph it's obviously out of balance
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