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View Results: DID Dirt Star rim Crack Options
Fix it Road Side (JBWeld) or Similar 1 5.88%
Replace it as soon as I can 10 58.82%
Ride on James & keep an eye on it. 6 35.29%
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:21 PM   #1
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950SE Front Rim Crack. Stop, replace fix or continue

So Im changing out a front tyre here on the side of the road here in Tok Alaska midway through a six month North American jaunt and noticed a small crack in my front rim. Was wondering if any other punters have had similar issues with their DID dirt star rims and if so what did you do ? It doesnt look like its cracked all the way through.

Fix it (JBWeld)
Replace it
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Old 09-09-2013, 01:22 PM   #2
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Alloy weld mate

Don't stress Hodgo. See if you can find an alloy welding shop. They might not want to weld it... But I cracked front and rear rims on xr400's when racing. Got them welded raced another half a season then sold the bike like that..

Jb weld won't last long but will work at a pinch.

I would weld it though.

I have been following your ride report.. I am so jealous



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So Im changing out a front tyre here on the side of the road here in Tok Alaska midway through a six month North American jaunt and noticed a small crack in my front rim. Was wondering if any other punters have had similar issues with their DID dirt star rims and if so what did you do ? It doesnt look like its cracked all the way through.

Fix it (JBWeld)
Replace it
Ride on james....


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Old 09-09-2013, 01:24 PM   #3
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I agree, a local welder is a good bet.
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Old 09-09-2013, 01:49 PM   #4
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Hodgo do you know CJ who lives in Tok??, I think he could help if not he will know where to go.
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:01 PM   #5
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I had the exact same type of crack on my SE and continued riding it for nearly 3 years before just replacing it a couple months ago. Granted, I wasn't riding every day, but I wasn't babying it either. In fact, I discovered the crack on the mid week break of the Kings of the West race in 2010.

If you can't get someone to "work" on it, leave it alone and keep an eye on it each time you stop. Mine never got larger. I just replaced it because I felt like doing so. Good luck.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:16 PM   #6
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Nah mate don't know him but im a few miles north of Tok.

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Old 09-09-2013, 03:27 PM   #7
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Thanks Joe, glad your enjoying north america through my eyes mate.

Thanks Srad600 & unaweep & thanks Andi.

Ive sort of answered my own question, given that im not racing or jumping, just plodding along i have opted for a quicksteel option that seems to have done the trick.

Been mucking around here for a bit getting to this in the end.

It is hard set in 15 minutes hard enough to file. So will set off again towards Fairbanks AK with my new chineese Surge.I front knobby for $95.00 CAN.

Replacing the old Pirreli rallecross after 13,000 kms.

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Old 09-09-2013, 03:30 PM   #8
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Eek

I would weld it, that quicksteel does nothing to help ensure the integrity of the hoop. Weld in a worse case, replace is really the best option.

You can buy the hoop and have it laced by a good shop if they know what they are doing.

personally I would find a good tig person and go from there but you might have made that option more difficult since you put the epoxy on there.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:31 PM   #9
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I think all JB Weld is going to do is just keep you from seeing the crack. Find a welder.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:37 PM   #10
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Hodgo- I'd say you got your money's worth out of that old front tire!

The JB Weld likely won't do much, other than obscure the crack. However, if the crack begins to spread, you'll see it. In my experience, it's a non-issue. Check it every time you stop and my guess is you'll soon see it's not going to get worse absent a pretty hard and direct hit. Be careful and have fun!
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:58 AM   #11
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By your inside rim pic { crack is line straight & runs transverse across the rim } looks to me it let go on manufactures original weld joint.
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:18 AM   #12
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Cracked rim

Another (conservative) alternative:

Don't weld

drill a 1/16 to 1/8 inch diameter hole at the crack tip through the rim thickness.

I would not cover with JB because I would want to observe any further crack development

As soon as I was in a position to do major repair, I would replace the rim with a new one.

The purpose of drilling the hole is to reduce (redistribute or "spread out" ) the tensile stress at the crack root tip. This will prevent further lengthening of the crack.
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:29 PM   #13
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+3 get rid of JB Weld so you can keep an eye on the crack. When you can get the crack welded.
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:56 PM   #14
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You need a new rim sooner than later, My ktm 07 300 has the same crack at the weld. If and when it lets go you will wish you had replace it, JB weld is only a cosmetic fix.
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:36 PM   #15
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I vote for similar/ weld it for now

remove the JB, drill a 1/16 to 1/8 inch diameter hole at the crack tip through the rim thickness. as Defaultgateway said it will do nothing for you but hide the crack.

I would have it welded up it will give you more time and should be $25-40 USD. now it will crack again it time it did on my xr650r rim but I didn't want to change my rim before Baja.

order a rim and have it shipped to a place you can swap it or have it swapped out on your planned route.

Or see it a cool ADV rider around you will swap with you and give them cash to fix the rim. someone has parked their bike for winter. ride safe B
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