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The Patience build.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Wingedwheel, Jun 2, 2021.

  1. Adamc

    Adamc XS650 MEDDLER XS650.com Supporter

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    Yep Jim you are correct its running a 40T rear sprocket...Yikes..:yikes:
    The rear wheel is 18'' with a 17T front sprocket. No wonder it felt like a Jack Hammer at 50MPH and above.
    Its also running the original cheap chain as after the 40 mile run yesterday it has stretched a bit.
    So I'll be putting a gold DID chain and new sprockets on pronto.
     
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  2. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    You've got a real stump puller there, lol.
     
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  3. Wingedwheel

    Wingedwheel Outsmarted myself once again XS650.com Supporter

    How did you even get it up to 50 mph? Lol
     
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  4. GLJ

    GLJ Never go faster than your guardian angle can fly. Top Contributor

    I road my XS2 for years with 17X38 gearing. It would go over a 100.
     
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  5. Wingedwheel

    Wingedwheel Outsmarted myself once again XS650.com Supporter

    Looking like there’s not going to be stainless spokes going back on these wheels. Every site I look at shows stainless “ out of stock”. COVID strikes again! I wonder if it would be worth powder coating them vs a new set although the standard zinc are affordable enough or is taking them off going to be a bigger PITA if I try to save them? If I do this I also need to search for wheel trueing as this will be my first attempt.
     
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  6. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    I've been able to remove most old ones without cutting. Soak the nipples in penetrating oil overnight and get yourself a good spoke wrench. If you can find one (eBay), the Rowe brand wrench is excellent. I've never encountered a spoke it wouldn't fit yet .....

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    Be aware that there are lots of Chinese knock-offs out there. An original will have the "Rowe" name clearly stamped on it .....

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/124964396579?hash=item1d18755e23:g:HLUAAOSwUE5hcMe3
     
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  7. Wingedwheel

    Wingedwheel Outsmarted myself once again XS650.com Supporter

  8. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    I bought one just like that, on your recommendation, it works really well. I found a used one on EBay, it came from a pawn shop of all places! :laugh2:
     
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  9. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    I wouldn't chance buying one of the knock-offs, not when originals are still readily available for around the same price.
     
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  10. Wingedwheel

    Wingedwheel Outsmarted myself once again XS650.com Supporter

    I agree however I seem to be running into “out of stock” on pretty much everything I look at. Must be COVID related. Everyone stayed home and re-laced their rims lol
     
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