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Got my wheels back from the shop last night and can hardly wait to try these out. Excel polished aluminum rims, 3.5 inch front and 4.25 inch out back. Michelin Sport Pilots - 120/70 17 front and 160/60 17 rear. Buchanan heavy duty stainless steel spokes and nipples laced up in a cross three front pattern and and a cross 2 /2 pattern in back.




 

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Wow! I am dreaming of these. Nothing like a big fat tire on the back. Mind me asking what the rims and lace-up cost? Absolutely beautiful!
 

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real nice john, although the polished look is gonna be a ***** to keep clean.

cheers, jason
 

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They look absolutely superb. I am considering going down to a 17" front rim.
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<BR>Are inner tubes are fitted? Will the tyres be OK inflated by inner tubes? The tyres are designed for tubeless fitting I believe.
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<BR>Be sure to let us all know how the Thruxton handles with the new rim and larger stickey tyres.
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<BR>Can you post some photos once the wheels are fitted pleeease

[ This message was edited by: robnobrakes on 2007-01-25 09:59 ]
 

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Tri650 - your looking at $800 for rims, spokes, drilling, polishing and shipping. Another $180 to lace em up.

Bonafide - now that I look at it a red rim stripe may be cool.

Machine - go with a 17 - so much more rubber available.

Jason - I live to polish. :-D

Rob - got tubes - I did inquire about a tubeless seal on the wheels and they highly recommended not to do this. But most modern tires say tubeless, if not all - I have had no problems in 24000 miles with the other 4 sets of tubeless tires and don't anticipate any problems now. Tubes - do 2 negative things - add weight and heat from friction, plus the fact that its near impossible to fix a flat on the road. But I love the look of spoked wheels and polished aluminum so thats why you see no Dymags.

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did you measure the outside diameter of the stock wheel with tire and also the new 17'' combo? I'm interested to see the difference.

I know you have the longer-than-stock F3 forks, so you can compensate for rake/trail differences by raising your forks from the lowered position, I wonder how to do this with stock forks. Granted, I have mine lowered about 15mm so there's a little wiggle room there.

That polished aluminum is awesome.
 

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lovely wheels Thrux,

I notice that the rear has been laced so that the outside left spokes are going in the opposite direction from the hub, compared to the standard Triumph lacing. That's to say pointing forward as they leave the hub instead of back.

IF (and I'm sure your's won't) the dreaded outer left spoke breaks with your lacing, it won't be forced through the tube by hitting the brake caliper. It'll trail over it instead. Had Triumph laced their wheels the same, it would at least have prevented the puncture risk. This didn't occur to me until after I'd rebuilt mine, but I've safety wired them instead.
 

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John -

Is that 120 gonna fit ? I put a 110/90 on (by accident... shop ordered wrong tire and mounted it on the rim without noticing) It was a rather tight fit.

Maybe with a 17" rim it'll be easier, they sure look the Shite!

Got my Thermos' yesterday and gonna fit them this weekend.
 

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On 2007-01-25 14:12, CYNCRZR wrote:
John -

Is that 120 gonna fit ? I put a 110/90 on (by accident... shop ordered wrong tire and mounted it on the rim without noticing) It was a rather tight fit.

Maybe with a 17" rim it'll be easier, they sure look the Shite!

Got my Thermos' yesterday and gonna fit them this weekend.
I get mine today! :)
 

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On 2007-01-25 14:12, CYNCRZR wrote:
John -

Is that 120 gonna fit ? I put a 110/90 on (by accident... shop ordered wrong tire and mounted it on the rim without noticing) It was a rather tight fit.

Maybe with a 17" rim it'll be easier, they sure look the Shite!
Chris - I carefully measured and it looked good on paper. I was worried more about the 6 piston caliper up front hitting the spokes - but I tested last night and no issues there.

When I posted on the size I ordered I found out Carlo's (bonnie1000th) is also running the same wheel and tire set-up on his bike with a thrux front fork brace / fender mount, and he confirmed my measurements on paper would indeed work out. I've been running 110 for awhile too and thought I might have trouble with the large bolts that mount the fork brace - but it seems it will work fine.

I have new dust seals (fork) on order and will assemble the front end this weekend.

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John as usual you keep setting and raising the bar. Those rims look awesome.

I do have my reservations about your new paint job though :wink:



[ This message was edited by: Surferjo on 2007-01-25 21:52 ]
 
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