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post #1 of 25 Old 02-05-2019, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Hey !

I own a 2016 Xt vstrom, with spoked wheels.
My idea would be to change only the rim and spokes for a 21-inch version. (but keep the hub, brakes ...)
someone already did that? (I saw some gs1200 on the web modified as well. but no vstrom)
The rim was easy to find (with tube) but which spokes would be compatible with the stock hub ?

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Doubtful, or I am sure somebody would've done such by now.

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Spokes can be found in all sorts of lengths. Your biggest concerns will be clearance for the front wheel at full suspension travel, and on road handling. You will need to lift the rear to get the stance back to the proper weight distribution, which is also nicer since you gain some ground clearance. It would be a nice project and not too hard, but there is more involved than just swapping over the rim and spokes.

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You must do a lot of off pavement to want a 21 inch wheel, could always sell your XT and get an Africa Twin, KTM 1090 or Tiger 800.
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The XT rims are DID. So sourcing a 21" wheel with correct spoke count should be no problem. Also finding correct spokes for that application should be no problem. Just find a bike with the same design front 21".

Unless you were born a Wizard, you won't be able to spoke the wheel yourself. So that becomes a problem in itself.

Once that is handled you will most certainly need to raise the front fender with an Adventuretech.biz fender kit. Or go directly to a high fender ( motocross/enduro mount ).

You will have bragging rights. It will also steer slow due to the geometry change. But that could be more stable off road.

You will still have a V Strom which doesn't match a true off road bike for those conditions.

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Your biggest concerns will be clearance for the front wheel at full suspension travel,
My fender raising kit on 2015 1000 with a brake line relocation will make the brake crossover cable come extreemly close to the radiator. Mine hit and put a ding in my radaitor when I bottomed the front. Its since been moved closer to stock. My fender is still hitting the crash bars cross over tube.

Not saying a 21 wont work, but fender clearance on the radiator and cross bar for the crash bars will be a major issue.

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Buchanan's is probably a great place to start.
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The brakes will be worse with the 21" rim, so take that into account.

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I built a bicycle from pieces years ago. Spoked the wheels and got it right. It's just a matter of being careful and following instructions.
It's not rocket science and people did it for the last 100 years.
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You must do a lot of off pavement to want a 21 inch wheel, could always sell your XT and get an Africa Twin, KTM 1090 or Tiger 800.
I love my strom and also love make mods on the motorcycle i have. The tiger 800 / f800gs are not the same price range and have others disadvantages (for the price of a strom with 2k-4k km you have a f800 or tiger with 50k-60k km + more expensive insurance...in my country ) I think a little offroad upgrade is just what i need on the vstrom.

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Your biggest concerns will be clearance for the front wheel at full suspension travel, and on road handling. You will need to lift the rear to get the stance back to the proper weight distribution, which is also nicer since you gain some ground clearance.
i already have the shorter rear link / higher rear

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My fender raising kit on 2015 1000 with a brake line relocation will make the brake crossover cable come extreemly close to the radiator. Mine hit and put a ding in my radaitor when I bottomed the front. Its since been moved closer to stock. My fender is still hitting the crash bars cross over tube.

Not saying a 21 wont work, but fender clearance on the radiator and cross bar for the crash bars will be a major issue.
OK it's nice to know that, it's a first thing to check !

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The XT rims are DID. So sourcing a 21" wheel with correct spoke count should be no problem. Also finding correct spokes for that application should be no problem. Just find a bike with the same design front 21".
This is my problem now, how i can find the right spokes ? angles, lenght...

Thanks for help and advices
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