Just gotta have those black wheels

I love the look of black rims and I'm wondering what's the cheapest way to get that look on my XR650R? Can I send my stock wheels somewhere to get the rims swapped?

I have a set of black excels....They were on the bike when I bought it...yes, they look great...until you have to change a tire or two...then, they look like a set of scratched black wheels. Unless you have a super duper high-tech tire machine, or a set of plastic tire irons, count on those wheels looking like s*** in a short time... Food for thought

That's true....I use a Magic Marker to touch mine up when I'm feeling anal. My other set of wheels has gold rims. Looks much nicer over time.

You can either send your rims out or take them somewhere and have them anodized, probably will cost about $150.00 for just the anodizing. And heave them relaced, about another 100 bucks. Or send them to Like Motostrano or East Coast Wheels and have them lace up a new set of Excells for about $400.00 and keep your old rims. But be aware, anodizing on a dirt bike is somewhat prone to scratches so if you ride just dirt go with gold as it doesnt show scratches as well. I have excells on my supermoto, their black and look great. But I ride 99% on the street with my XR610R Supermoto. Also, watch out for the anodized Excells as they staion easily if you screw up and spray wheel cleaner of some kinds of degreezer on them too. Mine are a little hazzy right now because the quarter car wash had some degreaser residue in the hose whe I washed the bike last month. Now I hafta wax them to get them shiny again.

They are nice but, like someone said tire changes do a toll.

powder coat the stock ones.

You can only anodize aluminum, not steel the stock wheels are steel, You can get the stock steel wheels powdercoated, for around a $100, but you will have to break everything down to do so.The cheapest way for you to get black wheels is to get a couple of magic markers and color them black. LOL. but that would look well, like you colored them with a magic marker! I have seen excell wheels (rim only) for around $120 each. Lacing them is not as hard as people make it out to be, just take your time, paying someone to do it is usually a rip off $200 to lace two rims, crazy.

I like the black ones too, and have found that if you use some masking tape around the rims and even on your tire tools it will minimize the chances of scratching, once again take your time. Also a good coat of wax or polish with teflon will reduce the off road scratches. I reccomend that if you change rims you should use new spokes, about $60 a set. Hubs are outragously exspensive $350+. What I have done in the past is to use the stock hubs, but I strip the paint and polish them which is time consuming but my labor on my bike is free, which makes sense when you talk about $700+ just for hubs, Oh, then theres bearings and seals and usually new spacers etc... My personal opinion for looks and cost is the excell black rims with new spokes that are black nickel plated and the stock hubs that are either polished or powdercoated. this gives you an all black look except the hub, which to me looks very trick and no one does this, except maybe them h/d chopper guys but that dont count.

One word: Krylon.

OK, so I'm kinda joking, but honestly, any scratches are easy to fix---just hit 'em with another coat.

Semi-gloss black has a decent finish...not too shiny, not too flat.

Got a bud who works at a pizza place? Bake 'em at 175-200 for a bit.

Anyone have pics of black spray painted rims?

Newer xr rims are steal? Mine are aluminum on my 82

If they are aluminum they are not stock, aluminum wheels only on most mx bikes. steel wheels are cheaper and there is no way that honda or any other manufacturer is putting aluminum wheels on their bikes without it being advertised as such, or the expense being passed along to the consumer!

Example KTM uses excells on most of their bikes but they are also expensive bikes! Off-roaders just dont qualify for the additional cost!

If they are aluminum they are not stock, aluminum wheels only on most mx bikes. steel wheels are cheaper and there is no way that honda or any other manufacturer is putting aluminum wheels on their bikes without it being advertised as such, or the expense being passed along to the consumer!

Example KTM uses excells on most of their bikes but they are also expensive bikes! Off-roaders just dont qualify for the additional cost!

The rims on an XR are aluminum STOCK. I can't even remember SEEING an offroad bike with steel rims in the last 20 years.....at least none that I've owned. Get a magnet if you don't believe me.

rockngs, that thing looks fantastic. Man it is clean!

Thank's.....That's back when she was new shiny.

rockngs, that thing looks fantastic. Man it is clean!

Like motochris said, XR's have aluminum rims stock. Basically, everything has aluminum rims stock. You'd have to work your way down to a cheap bicycle wheel before you'd find a steel rim.

As far as finish damage from tire irons--they do make those nylon rim saver thingys. I've used them on magnesium sportbike wheels with good success. Never tried them on a dirtbike wheel while using tire irons. Seems like they work though.

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If they are aluminum they are not stock, aluminum wheels only on most mx bikes. steel wheels are cheaper and there is no way that honda or any other manufacturer is putting aluminum wheels on their bikes without it being advertised as such, or the expense being passed along to the consumer!

Example KTM uses excells on most of their bikes but they are also expensive bikes! Off-roaders just dont qualify for the additional cost!

my XT600 in 1984 had stock gold anodized aluminum wheels. I think the '82 XT500 already had them

XRR is stock aluminum. Really need to buy one of those XR70s for the kids to find steel these days.

I think some of the newer ttrs have steel also, not good

If they are aluminum they are not stock, aluminum wheels only on most mx bikes. steel wheels are cheaper and there is no way that honda or any other manufacturer is putting aluminum wheels on their bikes without it being advertised as such, or the expense being passed along to the consumer!

Example KTM uses excells on most of their bikes but they are also expensive bikes! Off-roaders just dont qualify for the additional cost!

Dude most bikes from the 80s onwards have alloy rims. One aspect is handling - far far less unsprung weight and so handling improves sustantially

Not sure where you get your info from on XRs but they have had alloy rims since day dot

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