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Cracked Rim XR350

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This may seem a dumb question, but happens if a rim breaks? I am mid resto of 85 xr350 and found the front rim has cracked where it was originally welded. The crack was barely visible when the spokes were laced, but once spokes were removed it opened up. If I lace it back I am assuming it will close up again? If it was to let go why won't the spokes and tyre hold it together, and it will run with a buckle?ImageUploadedByThumper Talk1448074931.512538.jpgImageUploadedByThumper Talk1448074971.895390.jpg

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If I wasn't on a limited budget I would just go and do it, but I don't want to (can't) spend anymore than I absolutely have to!

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Over here,  you can always find naked rims really cheap on Ebay. I bought a brand new, never used Excel rim for $30 US, swap your hub over and probably have to buy new spokes though. 

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Some guys I ride with just take their rim to be welded when it cracks, they don't care about the wobble because it's going to happen again

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