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beerjonny

Crash in Rear Rim

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** Title should read 'crack', not 'crash' (can't figure out how to edit it) ***

Got a couple flats this week, unusual as I run HD tubes and have gone quite a while without one.

I run a 2004 XR650R stock rims.

Still not sure this is the cause, but I found it while pumping up my last tire.

Anyways, can I just get this welded and then grind the weld down a bit???

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It happens.

Probably more often here in the desert south west with high speeds and rock impacts.

It will get worse. I would replace with an Excel. About $150-175 with spokes.

Not too hard to do.

You may want to drill a small hole at the end of the crack to stop it from spreading and clean it up so you can keep riding until ready to replace.

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It happens.

Probably more often here in the desert south west with high speeds and rock impacts.

It will get worse. I would replace with an Excel. About $150-175 with spokes.

Not too hard to do.

You may want to drill a small hole at the end of the crack to stop it from spreading and clean it up so you can keep riding until ready to replace.

Thanks for the reply. I was hoping to avoid the excel route, but may go there for peace of mind.

I am doing a 4500km trip in a month, so i want it to be 100% for it, but for the same reason, cash flow is tight.

I like the idea of drilling a stress releif hole. I may try and drill a small hole, get a good welder to run a bead over it and grind it if I need to.

If it looks bad after the work is done, I'll have to step up to an aftermarket rim.

Thanks.

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Is it cracked on the inside wall, too?

The rim's edge should be rolled over to create a double-wall structure. I would think that by drilling a small hole at the tip of the crack and welding (heliarc?) it, grinding it down some, that would be a strong repair, especially if the inner wall was undamaged.

I'm no metallurgist, however. Just a gut feel.

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We have a top notch AL welder in town... I will take the rim into him and get some thoughts.

Thanks guys

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