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For all those out there who made the mistake of buying an xr tiger and doing way too much off-road and bending the cast wheels like me. Here is the most cost effective solution to 19” spoked rims I could come up with.

I bought a used front hub of a tiger xcx on eBay for $40

I then sent it to Buchanan spoke and rim in California and $600 later here we are!

I also got a quote from woody’s wheel works but they were more money and their customer service is a joke. I couldn’t be happier with Buchanan, they had the wheel built and shipped within a few days.

For the rear I just bought a spoked rim of a tiger 800 xc on eBay for $250 shipped.

Just did a 1500 mile trip to lake of the Ozarks and back and they are great!
 

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Nice! People get so ticked off with the tubes and spokes wheels on the XC models and they want cast wheels. That right there is why they put spoked wheels on the XC's!
 

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I went ahead and sealed them for tubeless. It’s cheap, easy, and totally worth it in my opinion.
 

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Over the years I’ve had 10-12 punctured tubes. Never had a bead bend bad enough to not hold air. I’ll take my chances
 

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So the 19" rim that was used has a good bead for going tubeless unlike the 21" spoked XC wheels?

How do you like the 19" wheels in general, and now the 19" spoked wheels for on and off road use? Are they plenty good for dirt and gravel roads, some off road and yet do they provide a sporty or generally good road ride?

I am shopping for a Tiger and not sure if I want the XC or XR. I am not interested in hard core off road but I like the idea of a bike built to take that and therefore never feeling I am close to the limit or riding the bike where I shouldn't. I also like the adjustable suspension of the XC just because touring with a pillion.
 

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It’s an excel rim so it’s designed for motocross use, no worries about the bead.

If you’re on the fence between a xr or xc I would absolutely buy an xc. I have literally spent thousands on suspension, crash bars, skid plate, and wheels to basically make my bike a xc. The only reason I didn’t buy one in the first place is because I have a 30 inch inseam so seat height is an issue.

As far as wheel size goes between the 19” and 21” I don’t think it’s a big deal. I’ve had bikes with both sizes. Realistically if you own a tiger you will probably have a 50/50 knobby tire on it, so you’ll never be that hard into a corner to notice. Off-road difference is negligible in my opinion.
 

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Fair enough. Good advice. The way I look at it, the Tiger XC is one of the off road ADV bikes that reviews and owners agree is the best on the road vs the other machines, I'd be happy no matter how much off and on road I would end up doing. I am also thinking of keeping my street bike so the XC makes even more sense. Only issue is finding a good 21" tubeless setup.

I am looking at used Tiger 800 XC from 2015 onward as they have the improvements that seem worth going after.
 

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Had a 2013 Roadie that was totaled when a driver turned left in front of me and nearly killed me too. Replaced it with a used 2016 XCx and couldn't be happier. Suspension far superior. Saddle far more comfortable. 4-way flashers standard, though the button is in a stupid place on the dash when it should be reachable without taking hand off the handlebar. Cruise control standard. Harder to lift bike onto center stand because of the height increase and no change in leverage. Would have loved an XCx at the same height as a Roadie but not willing to install a lowering link.

Your wheels look great!
 

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Fair enough. Good advice. The way I look at it, the Tiger XC is one of the off road ADV bikes that reviews and owners agree is the best on the road vs the other machines, I'd be happy no matter how much off and on road I would end up doing. I am also thinking of keeping my street bike so the XC makes even more sense. Only issue is finding a good 21" tubeless setup.

I am looking at used Tiger 800 XC from 2015 onward as they have the improvements that seem worth going after.
Maybe because I have been riding 61 years on tube tires, I don't understand the hesitations for tube tires. In this modern era, I have opted for spoked wheels due to my style of riding, thus tube tires. My 2012 Tiger 800 XC has 41,000 miles. And I have never had a flat. Now I realize I could have two flats tomorrow. But the point I am trying to make is don't be overly concerned about tube tires - especially if you ride off road.
 

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I take it you do lot's of off road overall then.

When you spent that money on the suspension, did you, or can somebody, add a small amount of travel to an XR model? Just curious.

It’s an excel rim so it’s designed for motocross use, no worries about the bead.

If you’re on the fence between a xr or xc I would absolutely buy an xc. I have literally spent thousands on suspension, crash bars, skid plate, and wheels to basically make my bike a xc. The only reason I didn’t buy one in the first place is because I have a 30 inch inseam so seat height is an issue.

As far as wheel size goes between the 19” and 21” I don’t think it’s a big deal. I’ve had bikes with both sizes. Realistically if you own a tiger you will probably have a 50/50 knobby tire on it, so you’ll never be that hard into a corner to notice. Off-road difference is negligible in my opinion.
 

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is T2006102 the part number of the hub you installed and bought used off ebay? i am looking to do the exact thing you did
 

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I don’t see where the part number is on the hub. But it’s off a 2016 xcx
 

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After a big blow out at speed that almost killed me I hate tubes even more. Yes, they look good and all that jazz. Most people buy them for looks. I did the opposite. Switched from XCx to XRT and oh boy that bike can turn. If you want to go off road and have fun get a nice light dirt ready machine. Period. All that buzz on doing off road with heavy bikes just doesn't make sense to me.
 
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