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post #1 of 18 Old 03-24-2007, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for Aftermarket Rim Replacements

I'm finally getting around to ordering a replacement rim ring and spokes for my bent front on the KLR.

I don't really want to go with a stock rim because for one they are pricey but mainly because I want something that is hopefully stronger.

I was told by a friend that I could probably use an Excel Rim Ring p/n IC_408, size is 20x1.6, which is listed for the KLX650 and the spokes XS9-22217 to fit on the KLR.

I've checked multiple web sites for listings for the KLR but cannot find anything under Excel or Sun for our bikes.

Can anyone give me an idea what aftermarket rim(s) will work for our bikes as replacements, keeping with the stock sizes.

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post #2 of 18 Old 03-24-2007, 09:14 PM
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Check with the pro's:

http://www.woodyswheelworks.com/

Why don't you make it an 18" front while you're at it?

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post #3 of 18 Old 04-01-2007, 04:34 PM
 
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Check with the pro's:

http://www.woodyswheelworks.com/

Why don't you make it an 18" front while you're at it?
hows that 18" working out for you? i have been thinking hard about putting an 18 or 17 on the front of mine.. if i can find one for a reasanoble price.

FYI i don't take my KLR offroad, its a city commuter.. very little highway.
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post #4 of 18 Old 04-01-2007, 05:47 PM
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I replaced my rear rim with an excel. PITA finding one. Then I had to find a guy who laces them. Ended up costing around $300 when all was said and done.
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post #5 of 18 Old 04-01-2007, 06:21 PM
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hows that 18" working out for you? i have been thinking hard about putting an 18 or 17 on the front of mine.. if i can find one for a reasanoble price.

FYI i don't take my KLR offroad, its a city commuter.. very little highway.

It's been fine for 27,000 miles. I'd go 18" again in a heartbeat. The best tires that I've used with more street bias than the 606's was the metzler sahara 3.
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post #6 of 18 Old 04-01-2007, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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I replaced my rear rim with an excel. PITA finding one. Then I had to find a guy who laces them. Ended up costing around $300 when all was said and done.
Thats still way cheaper than what the dealer was quoting me for a complete new wheel and you have a stronger rim now. Dealership told me they don't sell just the rim ring for the stock wheel, they sell the whole wheel... hub and all. I was quoted something like 400 or more dollars, I don't remember exactly.

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post #7 of 18 Old 04-02-2007, 11:24 AM
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The best tires that I've used with more street bias than the 606's was the metzler sahara3.
Thank you! You've just put an end to my never ending search for a tire that will handle the sand here in Florida but yet won't hum on the pavement. I gotta tell you, as much as I LOVE my 606's, I really can't stand the hum when I go on 100+ mile road trips. I was leaning toward the Trailwings, but I think the Sahara's look like they have a more agressive tread pattern for loose stuff.
Do they HUM on the highway?
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post #8 of 18 Old 04-02-2007, 11:28 AM
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Thats still way cheaper than what the dealer was quoting me for a complete new wheel and you have a stronger rim now. Dealership told me they don't sell just the rim ring for the stock wheel, they sell the whole wheel... hub and all. I was quoted something like 400 or more dollars, I don't remember exactly.
Yep. The dealer gave me the same $400 nonsense. They force you to do it yourself. I called local motorcycle shops until I found a guy who could lace it for me. I think I paid him $100 including new spokes.
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Do they HUM on the highway?
Not that I recall? The 606's HOWL, I don't remember much noise from the saharas. They are a great tire for everything except mud.
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post #10 of 18 Old 04-02-2007, 01:44 PM
 
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I have an 18" on the front of mine... I had Woody's Wheel Works lace it up for me. Only cost me $300 and change. I mailed them my hub and they took care of the rest.

I'll soon be going to an 18" rear as well. I've already got a second hub for the rear.

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