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Hey guys. I went to replace my front tire on my 77 FX. Thinking it was a tubeless tire, I purchased an Avon Cobra chrome whitewall only to find out when I went to take the tire off that it's tubed and the inside of the rim looks like crap. It's all rusted up and I don't think I want to stick with this rim. It's an off-brand rim, a Yunta 1.85 x 21. I didn't install this rim, it came with the bike when I bought it. What I'd like to do is replace the front rim with a 2.15 x 21 in a tubeless rim. The hub width measures 6 and 5/8. I'd like to go with chrome and maybe black spokes. Recommendations would be appreciated.... thanks Bob...





 

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Tubeless spokers are Expensive...and don't always hold air reliably!!
Just run a tube... no Biggie..
Somebody liked the power-washer...or... maybe assembled Wet for some reason...
 
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If you are going to run spokes consider using stainless. Lot less work and they won’t rust.
 
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The rust on the inside of the rim actually flaked up about an eighth of an inch in some places. I took a welding pic and try to knock most of it off, man this thing just really looks like s*** and if I ever went to adjust the spokes forget about it, that's never going to happen. So I think I'm just going to replace the rim. Probably still going to go with a regular rim cuz you're right about the tubeless, they get expensive...


 

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^^^ Yea... I don't like that one much...and I am a true COB... still would look for another rim... but on a SuperGlide... 19" for me...
21" have a use... but, Not on My SuperGlide!!!
Now... If ya could find some Original Morris Mags... but, I still run a Tube in those old originals!!!!
 
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^^^ Yea... I don't like that one much...and I am a true COB... still would look for another rim... but on a SuperGlide... 19" for me...
21" have a use... but, Not on My SuperGlide!!!
Now... If ya could find some Original Morris Mags... but, I still run a Tube in those old originals!!!!
Actually I found a link for what claims be true Morris mag 7 spoke 2.15 x 21", they are nice but then I got to try to find one for the rear and that's almost impossible any suggestions there?
 
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Actually I found a link for what claims be true Morris mag 7 spoke 2.15 x 21", they are nice but then I got to try to find one for the rear and that's almost impossible any suggestions there?
Not really... I saw atot of them back in the day with broken or wallowed out Sprocket adapters... Some people didn't use loctite then I guess..
Makes the 16" a Rare find... But, a 21" Morris, with an adapter for the Cloverleaf Rotor is another rare find... Someone used a non Standard 21" rim [Not typical HD anyway] with a Harley hub adapter... Cool... but uncommon!!! Not a good scenario if yer in a Hurry surely...
If ya wanted to shop, yet finish a riding season... reassemble that raggedy wheel, with new rim strip and best quality tube you can find [good luck with that too] Wouldn't scare me ... but... Again... I may be a COB!!!!
 
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The general rule is ALWAYS run rim strip and tube on all spoke wheels.

I once bought fat spoke wheels for my other bike which was designated as tubeless and it went flat overnight. Installed a rim strip and tube, no more issues.

I believe with any wheel other than original, you need to consider rotor fitment, same axle size, proper alignment/spacing.
 

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Agree with Race....had mag wheels on my original 1980 Ironhead and the mag leaked like it had pores. Ran rim strip and tube...no more issues.

 

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you could wire wheel brush it then use the pink $hit to remove rust couple days keep adding more then wash wire brush again - ( we also glass bead the wheel as well ) then paint it with rustolem primer 2 coats - then I use gorilla duct tape fitted to the center then the rim strip and the tube - its a re pop so all the labor out lives the value of that rim

throw it away and get a new one

some of the antique machines with the -1940 rims we see that and you cant buy new so we fix best possible as they are mostly furniture
 
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