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What size wheels were originally on a 1971 xs650?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by schachterle, Nov 16, 2009.

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  1. schachterle

    schachterle XS650 Enthusiast

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    I have a 1971 xs650 basket case that needs wheels. What size wheels were on there originally?
     
  2. inxs

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    - front...1.85 x 19...36 spokes...3.25 - 19, 3.50 - 19 tyre

    - rear....2.15 x 18...36 spokes...4.00 - 18 tyre

    - both DID steel rims, chrome plated
     
  3. afordy

    afordy XS650 Member

    From what I remember the front was a 1.85 x 19 and the rear was a 2.15 x 18
     
  4. If you want original looking wheels, you'll need a drum front wheel like this:

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    I just sold this in the Classifieds :(
     
  5. inxs

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    - if you want a drum front end, the SR500 has one that is almost a copy of this - it has only 5 holes instead of 6 RHS, and the air vent LHS is different...

    - it also seems to be more effective as a brake than the original...its made to fit however a later 35mm fork, use spacers - and requires the retaining bracket if using later forks for the 298mm disc
     
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2009
  6. fatmanxs

    fatmanxs XS650 Enthusiast

    i have 72 with 18 inch front wheel and drum brake which supposedly only went up to 71. removed my front axle and washer fell on ground and i dont know where it came off. anybody know?
     
  7. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    If you have an 18" front wheel, that's been changed (original was 19"). If you have a drum brake on a '72, that's been changed (original was a disc). Maybe it's from some other bike and maybe the washer was an added spacer that was needed. The '70-'71 drum wheel used no washers for spacers.
     
  8. fatmanxs

    fatmanxs XS650 Enthusiast

    youre probalbly right that it has been changed. but washer fell out when i pulled axle out so i wanted to put it back where it was
     
  9. mason s

    mason s XS650 Enthusiast

    bought my 76 with the same front drum. great looking wheel.
     

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