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I am about to do the front rim swap on by bike. The only used
rim I could find is at a dealer and they say they need the number
that is on the rim to make sure it's the right one. Can someone with
the proper rim mabey get me the number off theirs?

thanks

Darren
 

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What about all of us that have bought a used CBR.. should we go out and buy a new oem front wheel? Used wheels are fine, just check it for obvious signs of damage and you may need to have a shop press in new bearings and seals.

Most times the damage to front wheels is the lip ( outer edge ) some may have a flat spot that is visible to the eye. Or you can put the used wheel on a balancer-stand, set up a dial indicator to check how true the wheel is. I believe Honda says anything more than .010 inches is out of spec.

The VFR800 front wheel is only adaptable to a 98-99 forks and brakes. If you have a 93-97 you will need either a VFR750 (1994-97) front wheel or a CBR 600F3 front wheel. Those are direct bolt on wheels and you can still use your 900rr brakes.
 

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What about all of us that have bought a used CBR.. should we go out and buy a new oem front wheel? Used wheels are fine, just check it for obvious signs of damage and you may need to have a shop press in new bearings and seals.

Most times the damage to front wheels is the lip ( outer edge ) some may have a flat spot that is visible to the eye. Or you can put the used wheel on a balancer-stand, set up a dial indicator to check how true the wheel is. I believe Honda says anything more than .010 inches is out of spec.
That's the problem. The damage isn't always obvious, and if there is no existing damage, it may have been previously repaired. My friend bought a used wheel on Ebay that had microfine stress cracks in the hub. Had he not changed the bearings, he would have never known until the wheel failed.

Re buying a new wheel for those of us with CBR's...that's not necessary. We generally know the history of the complete bike. When single wheels are sold on Ebay, more often that not they come from wrecked, and/or parted bikes - to which the history is generally unknown.

My point is, it's only $100-150 more to get a perfect, brand new wheel and you don't have to fcuk around replacing bearings and repowdercoating. If you are in the position of replacing a wheel, it's not bad money to spend!
 

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Actually we don't know the history if we bought it used. Previous owner could have done anything with the bike.

I think the valid point you have is the price difference. I purchased my 17" wheel used for $80, spent another $25 for new bearings and seals, $100 for powdercoating the wheel. About $205.
 

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Actually we don't know the history if we bought it used. Previous owner could have done anything with the bike.
Agreed, but the general condition of the bike can help decode its history. It's a lot harder to establish that with one solitary part...especially that it is usually offered for sale most likely off a wrecked bike.

I think the valid point you have is the price difference. I purchased my 17" wheel used for $80, spent another $25 for new bearings and seals, $100 for powdercoating the wheel. About $205.
Then you're super lucky! I have never seen an F3 wheel sell for less that $125 in any condition, and if you don't do the bearings yourself, the job usually costs around $50 total.
 

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Actually having new bearings installed costs a lot of money here.. about $80-100 at the dealer. I'm just going to buy a long tool punch and do the job myself... very carefully :eek: I got a steal of a deal on the bearings from an ebay seller. paid like $60 for front and rear bearings and seals.

I guess buying a new wheel isn't such a bad thing... just have to be prepared for the price.
 
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