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Old 01-03-2013, 04:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am still playing with the idea of tarding out my xr70 but I need to swap the front wheel to a 12" since tires are a lot more available in that size instead of the stock 14"/12". And I want to do it as cheaply as possible. I want to still use the stock front hub and drum for simplicity and I'm not going to be racing it or anything around here anyway, just going to be a fix for when I can't go to the track.

I'm trying to see how much it will be if I want to do this. I can pick up an old wheel on ebay for like $30 for a separate hub if I need to send the parts away to get the spokes made up, same for the rim if I dont want to get a used one. That's the cheap part but if I ordered some custom spokes from somewhere how would I go about measuring? Or if I gave the rim and hub to someone would they be able to make them and lace the wheel? Which will probably cost more but at least it should be right and I won't have to screw with it.

Anyone ever built custom wheels and knows how to get the measurements? I've looked around and all I could find was bicycle measurement generators.
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Don't know what 'tarding out' a bike means, but I do know that wheels aren't the place to save money.
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Dont screw around with spokes or you will die.

Secondly, spoked wheels usually cost more so just get a set of mags from a salvage yard if you want to save money.
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theres a place i think in SC that makes 50 wheels and rims for the XR100 and some other sutff. i can't find em now, but i'll keep looking.. best bet is to find a harley fanatic. they can lace wheels in their sleep. center the hub in the rim to get your rough spoke length.. use something like a stick incense comes on, or a bottle rocket. it'll give you a little wiggle room. you can always cut the spoke long and shorten them later on a ton easier than needing all new shit.
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Sounds reasonable.
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theres a place i think in SC that makes 50 wheels and rims for the XR100 and some other sutff. i can't find em now, but i'll keep looking.. best bet is to find a harley fanatic. they can lace wheels in their sleep. center the hub in the rim to get your rough spoke length.. use something like a stick incense comes on, or a bottle rocket. it'll give you a little wiggle room. you can always cut the spoke long and shorten them later on a ton easier than needing all new shit.
Yeah, I've heard of a guy in Greenville that races minis does it but I'll have to email him to see how much he charges. There used to be a ton of Harley shops here but not so much any more. Wonder if a bicycle shop would be able to do it, probably don't have large enough gauge spoke.

Wasn't planning on lacing it myself since I never have. And rundog, basically making a motard. Getting rid of the knobby tires on my little dirtbike and putting more street appropriate tires on lol, requires a new front wheel for me.
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You should be able to buy spokes that work. People tard out mini's all the time, I would think some of the 50 specialists would have a solution for you.
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You should be able to buy spokes that work. People tard out mini's all the time, I would think some of the 50 specialists would have a solution for you.
I haven't been able to find them. The 70 has a 12" rear so a 12" front will work pretty well and is what I see being recommended. Been looking on a lot of the 50s sites and mostly mini racing forums and they mostly have sent theirs off somewhere (Buchanan's mostly) to get custom spokes. Would be nice if I could buy a set of spokes that would work, also the hub will require different length spokes for each side . Maybe buy 2 sets, if I can find the correct length premade
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And rundog, basically making a motard. Getting rid of the knobby tires on my little dirtbike and putting more street appropriate tires on lol, requires a new front wheel for me.
Now I know. Good luck with it J.
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excel may have custom packages or be able to one-off ya a pair of hoops and all the appropriate shit. worst case, still try to find a harley guy. lol
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