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 Post subject: Rear Wheel Compatibility and Powdercoating Questions
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:28 pm 
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Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I've tried searching and can't find my answer. Got a lot of different informative posts though. Here it goes...

I know a lot of parts are interchangeable from the different years so I just wanted to clarify if a Rebel rear wheel/rim from a 85/86 model would fit or be compatible on an 03. Yes or No?

I've been looking for a cheap rim to tinker with and keep finding older ones. Don't want to get it if it wont fit though. I want to black out a rim and see how it looks. Considering powdercoating the spokes, but unsure of how difficult it would be to re-spoke the rim. Can the whole rim be powdercoated without disassembly?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 3:00 am 
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Can the whole rim be powdercoated without disassembly?


Theoretically, yes...

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:28 am 
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rebelsoxuk wrote:
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Can the whole rim be powdercoated without disassembly?


Theoretically, yes...

sox


Okay...

...but is it not recommended?


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The powder where the hoop meets the spokes and where the spokes meet the hub will be solid from one piece to the other. Any harmonic or good flex can cause them to craze-- spiderweb crack.

Best to do them separate and carefully reassemble.

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You would also lose the ability to adjust the spokes if something happened to the wheel.

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How difficult is it to reassemble? Something a newbie can try or better to have a seasoned pro do it?


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A pro, your life may depend on it.

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It's one of those things:

the basics are easy, but the final result takes some skill and practice.

And a couple bits of equipment ;)

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Thanks for the info everyone.

Just to refresh though the first question:

Will a wheel from 1986 Rebel fit an 03 Rebel?


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Yes, but you'll need to install the front one backwards ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Rear Wheel Compatibility and Powdercoating Questions
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:14 pm 
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I recently put a 2006 rear wheel on my 1985 Rebel. The only hiccup was that the brake flange on the hub of the 06 (the part that the brake shoes ride inside and press against) was just a few millimeters deeper than the original, and it was just enough so that the top edge of the flange would come into contact with the brake cover instead of these two parts resting axle bearing to axle bearing like they're supposed to. I discovered this after I reassembled the bike and the rear wheel didn't turn. :(

The good news though, was that it really was just a couple millimeters causing the problem and I was able to fix it with washers placed on the axle between the hub and the brake assembly (it could have been done with just one washer but neither of the ones I had lying around were thick enough by themselves). I suppose alternately I could have just ground down the top edge of the flange a couple mm's.

Here's a picture of the part I'm calling the brake flange and the placement of the washers that saved the day!
http://mydotguy.com/2006-Rebel-Hub-with-Washers.JPG


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 Post subject: Re: Rear Wheel Compatibility and Powdercoating Questions
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:22 pm 
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To Blazetiger's specific question in this thread, I imagine going in the opposite direction—putting a rear wheel from the '85-'87 series on a bike from the later '91-'16 series—shouldn't present this problem. Having a shallower brake flange than the original would only result in a slightly larger than normal gap between the flange and the brake assembly cover.


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