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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 10-27-2013, 10:57 AM   #16
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Look for a welder at a larger General Aviation Airport (Lots of little planes not big heavies...) Especially watch for a airport that has lots of OLD planes. They are crack factories, Gaurontee there is a tig master near by..

Other good place is a shop that repairs propellers. Typically they have a good tig guy to fix propeller cracks..

+1 on the weld, being the factory fusion of the rim.

+1 on a small hole at the end of the crack, only needs to be like a 1-2mm hole.

If you end up out in in Oregon/Southern Washington there are a lot of places that do antique aircraft.

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Old 10-27-2013, 11:06 AM   #17
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Similar crack on my 525. Rode it for years. Had it welded. Rode it for mnths. Cracked again. Road it for another year.

Then replaced the rim.

I'd ride it.

But take the grey bubblegum off in case the crack gets worse.
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:37 AM   #18
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That rim is probably made from 7000 series aluminum. It was welded originally, but it is very difficult to do even with new. Now it has been anodized, corroded inside the crack and covered with a plastic/metal goo. It's going to take a lot of work to prep it for welding now.

It may run for thousands of miles on the road, but if you have a big hit right at that point, it will fold up.

A cheap fix would be to get a bent rim to replace it. Better to replace it. Will cost about $200 for the rim and at least 1 1/2 hours of labor to swap out.
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:28 PM   #19
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Would have loved to have had the luxury of welding it but sadly didn't have that at the time.

I have however traveled a considerable amount of miles since then, To Prudhoe Bay and back down through the guts of Canada and US and am now in LA waiting to ship my bike back to Oz.

The fix held fine, but at speeds over the limit it can be felt. Yes the crack was exactly on the join.

Will replace the rim when $$$ permits.
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