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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?

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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

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I've been thinking about getting one of those torque wrenches. They're pretty nice. :applause:

I recently laced and trued some Excel rims for my CRF. It was a fun project and not very difficult at all. I used OEM hubs and just bought rims/spokes from the TT store. Cost was around $350. If I sell the OEM rims that will bring the cost down too. :bonk:

http://radmfg.com/

http://ftmbiz.com/

http://www.motorcycleproshop.com/acc/excel.asp

http://store.eastcoastwheels.com/

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

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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.

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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.

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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....

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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?

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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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