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Old 11-12-2010, 09:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Aluminum wheels-Worth the $$?

I just picked up a side job and was going to finally spring for some aluminum wheels on my Scrambler. Just looking for some affirmation from those who have made that rather expensive leap.
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Old 11-13-2010, 07:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you've already sorted out suspension and braking, it's definitely worth it! Heck, why don't you go all the way and get the Alpina tubeless ones?? Save you even more rotational mass and unsprung weight.
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Old 11-13-2010, 07:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ha, ha! I said I got a little side job, not that I won the lottery. I can pick up a good set of wheels from Procycle for around $600. I was also going to pick up a better set of rotors at the same time. I have done shocks and progressive springs.

I would really like to hear if people who made the switch were really impressed with the upgrade.
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have Sun Aluminum rims (19" front, 18" rear) on the '07 T100, and found the weight savings made a big difference in how quickly I can reverse direction when quickly cornering through the esses - may not be relevant to your Scrammy though. I'm going to put Excels on my Scrambler this Spring - 19" front and rear with Maxxis DTR's. Note - 19" rear wheels requires Bonneville length rear shocks.

I'd suggest you go up one wire gage on the spokes if you are going to go to the trouble and expense to lace up new wheels. Buchanan's is a great source for rims and spokes - talk to Kenny.

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Tell me more. Why would larger rear wheels require shorter (Bonnie ) shocks? I would think you would need extra clearance. I really like the taller back wheel look, but I just bought new Tourances. Bummer. If you go with a taller rear wheel, will you have to change sprockets, or doesn't the diameter difference affect things that much?
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If you don't use shorter shocks with a 19" rear the stance of the bike is "nose down" and the rake is reduced. There is plenty of under fender clearance, but you either need shorter Bonnie shocks or a longer front suspension. If you go to an 18" wheel in the rear you can keep the longer Scrammy/Thrux shocks and not hurt the handling.The idea is to try to keep the pitch angle about the same as it is stock.

You could also go to 18" front and rear and still keep the same shocks; might be better as there aren't a lot of good choices for 19" DOT rear rubber. The Maxxis DTR tires I'm going to use are not DOT approved but only available in 19". All of the older Triumphs/Beezers/Nortons etc had 19" front and 18" rear. Most of the old flat track bikes had 18" Akronts front and rear.

1" up on the rear wheel changes the gearing 5-6% - and in my opinion on a Scrambler the right direction; I think they are geared a bit high stock.

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Old 11-13-2010, 11:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't know if its worth it but the weight reduction is huge and that can't be a bad thing.

The aluminum Excel rims on my Husky TC450 are 1/3rd the weight that my Bonnie wheels are.
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I can pick up a good set of wheels from Procycle for around $600.
RMAK, I'm assuming at that price they're lacing up new rims to your stock hubs?

Sure would be nice to have a cost effective substitute like all those SuMo wheelsets they have listed.
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"All of the older Triumphs/Beezers/Nortons etc had 19" front and 18" rear."

Actually, the late 50s & early 60s Triumph twins & the Tridents had 19" front & rear (hell, 50s TR5s & 6s had 21" front) as did all the Norton Commandos. Triumph went to a 4.00 x 18 rear I think around '63 when they dropped the duplex frame.
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