Wheels

Thinking about some new complete black wheels for the bike front/rear minus sprocket,rotor of course...any suggestions on best pricing?

Powder coat your stockers and save a shit load of money. Your looking at proble 700 bucks for a new set of excels.

Powder-coating makes your rims soft because you end up annealing the aluminum when you bake the powder-coat. My buddy had his rims powdercoated and they are thrashed. Bent!! He hit a few rocks obviously, but the bends didn't start happeneing until after he powder-coated them.

Powder-coating makes your rims soft because you end up annealing the aluminum when you bake the powder-coat. My buddy had his rims powdercoated and they are thrashed. Bent!! He hit a few rocks obviously, but the bends didn't start happeneing until after he powder-coated them.

I have heard the same issues with the hubs- people think the can powdercoat them as well, but as Billahjack stated the heat process of the powdercoat application will lead to damage of the original aluminum make up, making it prone to breakage.

Someone just posted a thread on a wheel company who only did wheels, and the price seemed far lower then most. I will try to remember where I saw the information and send it to you if I can. Right now, I have to go roost a buddie who just got a KTM 300 EXC! The black rims look nice on the KTM, but will look much better on your XR!:thumbsup:

Thinking about some new complete black wheels for the bike front/rear minus sprocket,rotor of course...any suggestions on best pricing?

I have gold Excels and red rad hubs and then went black excel and Rad hex hubs with the extra heavy duty rad spokes. I whish I would have got the red niples, I really don't like black on black nipples.....I have always liked the nipples to stand out. That is if you are into nipples.....I happen to like nipples they have a way of completing the whole picture. Nothing like a good set of nipples that really stand out.

The Eagle rims are a real good choice also I have a Black front Eagle rim.

http://www.radmfg.com/hex%20kit.htm :thumbsup:

http://www.radmfg.com/eagle%20kit.htm :busted:

http://www.radmfg.com/econo%20kit.htm :busted:

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I have seen XR650R with heavy duty spokes and it made the hubs crack and rip apart. It is important to use hubs that can handle heavy duty spokes if you want to use them. The front stock rim has been cracked at the weld on at least half of the XR650R's I have seen that ride hard, jump or race. I have Eagle rims and they have not bent and they were free replacement if you do bend them for any reason in the first year:thumbsup:

When I was shopping for SM wheels I got the best price from the TT store; Rad hubs, excel rims.

When I was shopping for SM wheels I got the best price from the TT store; Rad hubs, excel rims.

TT store has awsome prices and great products, be sure to ask for your member discount:thumbsup:

Can you use OEM hubs, spokes and nipples with the Rad wheels?

Can you use OEM hubs, spokes and nipples with the Rad wheels?

Yes, but, there are three sizes of nipple holes on rims so, you have to state the nipple size and the XR650R uses a 32 hole rear hub instead of a 36 like the MX bikes. If you are getting the whole setup it is worth going to a 36 spoke rear wheel (same price). I made the mistake of getting 8.0mm nipple holes once. Now I think I have 8.25mm holes and stock is 7.0mm holes. There are some other odd number holes out there that are not wanted like the 8mm excel rims I got that one time. These are the things that are not talked about on forums to let others know so, they don't get the wrong rims the first time they go to replace their rims. So, make sure you get the right number and size of nipple holes. I also went with 2.5" wide rear 18" rim on my black setup to run the bigger, wider 140/80-18 IRC M5B rear tire. Not a big deal but, it does let you run your tires with more tread on the ground. I like it much better then the stock 2.15". So much talk of what is the best duel sport tire or how fast does a XR650L really go? But, there are little things like width, nipples, holes, that can make a ride so much better.

I have gold Excels and red rad hubs and then went black excel and Rad hex hubs with the extra heavy duty rad spokes. I whish I would have got the red niples, I really don't like black on black nipples.....I have always liked the nipples to stand out. That is if you are into nipples.....I happen to like nipples they have a way of completing the whole picture. Nothing like a good set of nipples that really stand out.

The Eagle rims are a real good choice also I have a Black front Eagle rim.

http://www.radmfg.com/hex%20kit.htm :thumbsup:

http://www.radmfg.com/eagle%20kit.htm :busted:

http://www.radmfg.com/econo%20kit.htm :busted:

garage.php?do=viewattachment&attachmentid=27836

Bruce points out the options here I recently read about in another thread. Good advice on making sure you know what your wheel is laced up like...:ride:

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