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dalla 10-02-2012 03:25 AM

Lester wheel question
 
Hi guys

I recently found this picture
http://www.advrider.com/forums/attac...1&d=1218766858

It really looks to me like the front wheel is 18"? Is this possible? Did the ever make an 18" Lester front wheel?

Also can anyone thell me the bearing dimensions of the Lester front wheel. I am most interested in the outer diameter of the bearing seat.

And if anyone has a set, please sell them to me.:evil

Jon-Lars 10-02-2012 06:14 AM

The brake discs don't appear to fill up the wheel, as it does on a 18" rim.

However, Lester did make a lot of different wheels for many brands.

bmwrench 10-02-2012 06:23 AM

Those aren't Lesters. They are most likely Morris.

dalla 10-02-2012 06:59 AM

Thanks for your answers guys. Morris wheels? Sounds interesting. Any more info on them?

Any other suggestions for a set of 18" cast wheels for a BMW R90. Wheels that are not snowflakes.

bmwrench 10-02-2012 08:18 PM

Kosman Specialties welds rims to existing wheels. You might contact them and ask if they'll do a Lester Wheel. I believe Morris is long gone. The onle rear wheel they offered for BMWs was with a disk.

bmweuro 10-02-2012 08:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bmwrench (Post 19725932)
Those aren't Lesters. They are most likely Morris.

I agree. I also believe the Morris mags might have been magnesium.

wirewrkr 10-02-2012 09:09 PM

I always liked the Morris looks better than Lester. But I'm weird that way.

R100LT 10-03-2012 12:16 AM

That build could have square wheels and it would still look beautiful

bmwrench 10-03-2012 07:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wirewrkr (Post 19732905)
I always liked the Morris looks better than Lester. But I'm weird that way.

Nah. You're just weird.

crazydrummerdude 10-03-2012 07:11 PM

Heck, I have Lesters (19" front wheel) and had to look twice to see what y'all are talking about.

So, the difference between Lester and Morris was the "ribs" in the radial arms? My lester has 2, this possible-Morris has 1.

bmwrench 10-03-2012 07:23 PM

Lookswise, yes-or at least partially. Later Lesters have a flat rim surface which I think detracts slightly from their looks. Mechanically, I think the Morris wheels had ball bearings instead of the Lester's OEM-style tapered rollers.

mattcfish 10-03-2012 11:36 PM

OEM bearings
 
Don't Lesters use stock OEM bearings? Never had to change mine, always thought they did.

bmweuro 10-03-2012 11:48 PM

Someone must have an old R.P.M BMW brochure showing Reg Pridmore's custom BMW's in the mid 70's? That was his wheel of choice.

supershaft 10-04-2012 11:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mattcfish (Post 19743015)
Don't Lesters use stock OEM bearings? Never had to change mine, always thought they did.

Yes they do run OEM bearings which is part of their problem on a couple of different levels. The main one being that they made the bearing spacer a bit long so that you could adjust it. Very few people did resulting in a lot of loose bearings and tank slappers.

Racers prefered Morris wheels because they prefered Magnesium wheels. Big diff over aluminum. I hot rodded a R1100S once and put Dynamag custom magnesium wheels on it. Night and day difference. I was ready for the much easier turn in but the difference in acceleration and braking was huge! Weight reduction? THE place to start is the wheels. Unfortuneately, it's an expensive place to start. :freaky


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