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Old 21st July 2008
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Hi all,

I am interested in wire wheels for an '87 883. I would like 18's front/rear - any recommendations for hubs? Do I just dial up my local HD dealer and order a set (I am guessing this is an expensive choice)? And should I go direct to Buchanan's for the rims/spokes or get a kit from Storz? Anyone ever use wheels from one of the supermoto outfits?

Trak-tek I take it, is no longer in biz? Looked like a pretty good deal.

Hopefully I am not wasting bandwidth - just did not see much on a "wire wheel" search.

Also, while I am asking :-) - are there generally recommended rim widths for an '87 (stock swingarm and forks)?

Thanks - just discovered this forum - there is a LOT to read :-)

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I use the stock aluminum hubs. For your bike, stick with '99 and older for a direct fit. If you have the part numbers, you can get an online price quote from discount dealers like Zanotti's or Chicago Harley. I bought a used rear hub on ebay for mine, so that might be worth a look. If you have mags now, it could even be worth seeing if someone wants to swap for spoke wheels, just for the hubs.

I ordered the rims and spokes directly from Buchanan's, and Trak-Tek is longer around. Another place to look is East Coast Wheels.

As for widths, on the front a stock mag is 19"x2.15" and stock spoke is 19"x2.5", so something in that width range should be good for an 18" also. I went with a 19"x2.15", but sometimes think about going to an 18". Maybe see what tires you would like to run, and check their recommended rim width.

On the rear, I use a 18"x4.25". That also depends on the recommendation of the tire brand and size you'd like to use. An 18"x3.5" allows a wide range of tires. On both I'd choose the tire, and pick the rim width based on that.
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