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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-03-2005, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Wire wheels on a 750?

I am considering trying to purchase a set of wire wheels for my 750. I just don't care much for the stock wheels. Has anyone done this? Is there anything in particular I need to be aware of?
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Re: Wire wheels on a 750?

Wire wheels generally mean a couple of things..
You will be running tubed tires and you will be doing a lot more maintenace and cleaning on with wire wheels.
It may also mean switching out the brakes on the front from dual to single or disk to small drum. I lot of the sportsters run 19" wire but I believe they run a 1" axle.
I think the hardest part will be trying to find one without too many changes for width, axle and brake set-up.

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Re: Wire wheels on a 750?

Thanks for the reply.

I saw online that a couple of MFG's are making wire wheels that run tubeless (ex: American Wire). I figured there would be some fitment issues though. I knew that the axle would be a hurdle. If need be, I suppose I would be willing to switch out the brakes to a single disc (although that would be a bit more of an expense.

So, am I to assume that no one has really bothered (at least that you know of) to do this on a 750? Hmmmmm...that alone worries me.

I guess I have some more homework to do.
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Re: Wire wheels on a 750?

It's a matter of personal preference of course. I know a lot of people with wire wheels that are looking for the cast wheels merely to get away from the maintenance and cleaning of the spokes. You are correct about some wire wheels being able to run tubeless.
Switching over to a single disc may be as easy as switching over one of the fittings where it splits and eliminating one of the brake lines and calipers. Switching to the small drum brake of course would involve a lot more
Finding a disc brake, same axle size, width, and circumference may be the hardest part

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This is an old post (2005) - but I'm curious too - has anyone ever successfully changed their cast wheels to wire?

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the short answer...yes... or so I have been told... Haven't found an actual photo conformation though... HERE is a current build thread talking about the use of spoked wheels on the vn750.

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Hey PoggiPj,

Do some research on the Kawasaki website for the part numbers on a 1996-97 Kawasaki ZL600 Eliminator. (I actually have one and 750 Vulcan.) The swing arm on the ZL600 Eliminator looks identical to the VN750, which could very well mean that the wire-spoked (chrome rimmed) rear wheel may bolt on directly to the VN750 without having to do too much worrying about compatibility with the shaft drive gears or drum brake. Kawasaki lists the wheels as being tubeless but since I've never had to replace the rear tire I can't verify that for you. The two bikes have a lot of common parts.

Actually if you look quickly before the auctions end, there are two on Ebay right now...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1995-...Q5fAccessories $80

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Kawas...Q5fAccessories $20!!

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are the ZL600 axles interchangeable with the VN750? What size tire does the ZL600 use front and rear (Stock)? Dual disk front end? How long are your forks (decompressed)?
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Single front disk. I'll have to measure the forks for you.

Check out this thread too... https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?p=51097

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thanks... This info will help out my winter project a lot. Have you done the Spline Lube on your Eliminator and on your Vulcan? According to all the research I have done the final drives, swing arms, and related parts are not the same...

See attatched Parts comparison list... I got this information from Ronayers.com ZL600 Eliminator VN750A Vulcan
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