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i thought i read somewhere that bw trees were direct swaps for our tw's. can anyone confirm? i want to do the wide front end mod but i cant see myself spending the $2k for the kit.
 

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ok so i found the mod (thanks google) that linked back to a forum members bike. its a pretty old thread but very useful. has anyone else done this mod with a disc brake?
 

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ok so i found the mod (thanks google) that linked back to a forum members bike. its a pretty old thread but very useful. has anyone else done this mod with a disc brake?


Link?
 

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just picked up a mint set of trees from a bw200 on ebay. cant wait to start this conversion. the only thing is i need a rear rim in black cause i have an 09. anyone know where i can find one? going to lace up to my front hub since i have a disc.
 

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just picked up a mint set of trees from a bw200 on ebay. cant wait to start this conversion. the only thing is i need a rear rim in black cause i have an 09. anyone know where i can find one? going to lace up to my front hub since i have a disc.
Hi TeeDub,



Like you, I have started collecting parts for a wide front wheel conversion. Unfortunately, the stock front and rear wheels have different spoke counts so your plan to lace your front hub and disc to a rear rim may not work. My plan is to mount a front drum brake assembly to the rear wheel. The front drum brake assembly is a little larger than the rear and this will simplify the front brake to fork interface (I think). Note: This is the approach pioneered by Poolsgold.



If you are able to work out a way to use the front disc with a rear wheel, I am sure that there are a few of us that would love to hear about it.



Best of luck!



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thanks brian. doh, for some reason i thought the spoke count was the same. does anyone know if i can get a blank in the same size? i did that for one of my huskies and had east bay wheels drill and lace them up. pricey but they turne out factory looking. back to the drawing board!



also, i noticed that ur in pleasanton. im in concord so if either of us figure it out, lets compare notes.
 

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I haven't heard of anyone who has wheel blanks to fit the TW rear wheel, since it is kind of a unique animal. I wonder if a custom hub would be a reasonable option?



I am pretty sure that I've got a extra rear wheel if you need one. It is silver, but you could paint it black. My wide front wheel project has been on hold for some time now because I no longer have convenient access to a machinist and I have too many other things going on.



Let me know if I can help or if you'd like to get together and talk Tdubs or other bikes.



(By the way, your garage is way too clean)



Brian
 

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hey brian. yeah i might be interested in the rear wheel. is it in good shape? no bends or burrs? how much you looking to get?



yeah, i did look into some custom hubs. alibaba has some hubs they offer and im trying to find out if they have any 32 hole with the disc mounts. any chance you or anyone knows what the details are for the front rotors? im sure the manufacturers are going to ask that question next.
 

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hey brian. yeah i might be interested in the rear wheel. is it in good shape? no bends or burrs? how much you looking to get?



yeah, i did look into some custom hubs. alibaba has some hubs they offer and im trying to find out if they have any 32 hole with the disc mounts. any chance you or anyone knows what the details are for the front rotors? im sure the manufacturers are going to ask that question next.
Give me a few days to dig out what wheels I can find and see what kind of shape they are in.



I don't have any more information on the front rotor than you could get by looking at yours. Hopefully the TW rotor is shared by a number of other Yamaha bikes.
 

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I built a Honda FatCat out of a CRF450R a few years back... Here's a link: custom fat tire bike







I've noticed there are a few DOT approved tires for ATV's these days.... hmmmmmm.. perhaps it's time to build a new dual sport big wheel?? Using the DOT ATV tires on standard ATV rims opens up all kinds of options!!
 

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so i did some cold calling and heard from a number of wheel builders that you can in fact lace a 32 hole rim to a 36 hole hub. it;s called radial lacing. see one of the responses below



yes.. use radial lacing, Which means you should skip 4 holes in the 3, 6, 9, and 12 position. Im gonna tell you its a bad idea. But if you must that is the way to do it. all it is, are spokes straight from hub into respective hole. no crossing and no lubing the nips haha. what hubs profiles? ummm the picture would be to type in radial lacing into images and there u go


on a side note, i got my triple trees and front axle today. now on the hunt for a cherry rear rim and tire.
 

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I built a Honda FatCat out of a CRF450R a few years back... Here's a link: custom fat tire bike







I've noticed there are a few DOT approved tires for ATV's these days.... hmmmmmm.. perhaps it's time to build a new dual sport big wheel?? Using the DOT ATV tires on standard ATV rims opens up all kinds of options!!




I didn't know that was yours. That looks like a blast. Do you still ride/own it?
 

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The bike looks really good! However, I believe the task at hand is trying to have a 14" rim up front with a DISK brake.
 
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