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#1 MTRRAD

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 12:04 PM

My rims are heart shaped where they were welded together. Is there an American supplier and or similar rim that can be laced to my MT-16 hubs?
It's one of the lovable little quirks of the bike, but I can feel it at low speeds. At high speeds it just blends in with all the other good vibrations.

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 12:55 PM

Try retensioning the spokes. It's not that hard although trying to understand what's happening can do your head in. There are surely Youtube how-toos on it. What have you got to loose?
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Posted 03 February 2015 - 05:34 PM

Ken Ulrich has round Dnepr rims, He's a frequent contributor to this site.

You could  also lace some 19" Harley rims onto the Dnepr hubs.

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 07:49 PM

Remove the spokes...Beat the rim close to round...Respoke...It Works...Trying to pull the rim into shape with the spokes was a "Fail" for me...

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 08:11 PM

If you have the painted rims with the visible weld where the hoop was joined, you will never get them to be round, no matter how much you adjust the spokes.

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 01:48 PM

View PostBilge Keel Dave, on 03 February 2015 - 08:11 PM, said:

If you have the painted rims with the visible weld where the hoop was joined, you will never get them to be round, no matter how much you adjust the spokes.

Dave

Precisely...But, My Big a$$ hammer helped a bunch!!! Then Respoke.


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Posted 05 February 2015 - 03:18 AM

View PostBilge Keel Dave, on 03 February 2015 - 05:34 PM, said:

Ken Ulrich has round Dnepr rims, He's a frequent contributor to this site.

You could  also lace some 19" Harley rims onto the Dnepr hubs.

Dave

Another vote for Ken Ulrich here. He can also probably help you with any other parts you need, including uprated brake shoes.

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 09:00 PM

I'll ask Ken.
My rims are welded heart shaped, I would bet they are rejected junk from misadjusted fixtures. I can cut and reweld them, but would rather have new. I have respoked wheels before, it's really quite easy.
How do I get in touch with Ken, if he doesn't read this?
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Posted 07 February 2015 - 01:09 PM

Ken's address is,  Machrat@gmail.com.

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 02:50 PM

I have rim problems as well , mine are quite rusty and pitted under the chrome. I like the idea of trying to mate Harley (or Japanese) rims to my bottle cap hubs but have no experience at all has anybody done this  ?

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 02:16 PM

Try and get new wheels with aluminium hubs. Much better braking.
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Posted 03 March 2015 - 11:06 PM

If you can find HD Sportster 18" or 19" aluminum wheels along with the aluminum hubs, now that would be one helluva wheel...
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Posted 08 March 2015 - 09:44 AM

I still might make a video on how they create their own inertia.
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Posted 15 April 2015 - 10:52 PM

I have a collectiom of about 25 or so Heart shaped wheels. Me thinks the rims were shaped on a ww2 rim shaping rig, that was and is long past it prime. i have never been able to  get any reasonable results from efforts to make a round and wobble free wheel.....Ken




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