Wheel building

Santa left me a pretty trick adjustable spoke toque wrench under the tree. It was my intent to just make adjustments as needed on our bikes but I am now thinking of building a set of wheels, maybe Black with red hubs for my XR400. Where do start and can I buy all the parts needed?

Oh yeah,you can,just get a copy of dirtbike or dirtrider and order what you need,but just be sure to have your check book in hand,and a valium in the other,cuz dat stuff aint cheap.! XRRon

You could save some money and have your rims powder coated too. :applause:

Is it worth keeping the factory hubs? My spokes came new on the bike already pitted, I assume they use any chromed junk.

i recently laced a set of excels to the oem hubs. i used bulldog oversized spokes. if you are going to go this way you will have to drill the spoke holes in the hubs to 7/32".

sounds more scary than it is. once you have the spokes laced in the hub, they will almost fall into the correct hole in the wheel. it was a hell of a lot easier than i ever anticipated.

if i recall, the frt/rr wheel and spoke kit cost about 400 from ebay. if you go with hubs you will at least double that cost. you could also powder coat the hubs.

i recently laced a set of excels to the oem hubs. i used bulldog oversized spokes. if you are going to go this way you will have to drill the spoke holes in the hubs to 7/32".

sounds more scary than it is. once you have the spokes laced in the hub, they will almost fall into the correct hole in the wheel. it was a hell of a lot easier than i ever anticipated.

if i recall, the frt/rr wheel and spoke kit cost about 400 from ebay. if you go with hubs you will at least double that cost. you could also powder coat the hubs.

btw, i then took the built wheels to my local shop for truing and tire mounting.

Is it worth keeping the factory hubs?

If you stick with the OEM hubs you'll never have a problem finding bearings.

Aftermarket hubs sometimes use non-OEM bearings....

Is it possible to sand and refinish the hubs to get rid of the casting marks. Will a good high quality PJ type paint work and how do they finish the factory one?

Is it possible to sand and refinish the hubs to get rid of the casting marks. Will a good high quality PJ type paint work and how do they finish the factory one?

i believe the oem hubs are painted or powder coated. i have definitely seen various oem hubs that have been powder coated.

my thought is it may take a lot of work to get rid of the casting marks. i would probably chemically strip them first to determine the scale of the casting marks. sand/bead blasting may be a bit aggressive as the aluminum is soft. then using a roto tool and sanding drum i would give it a try. powder coating tends to fill some voids.

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