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Hey people,

I'm looking to pick up a new front rim/front wheel for my 2005 DL650 with 65,000 miles. This bike was purchased used by me a few months ago and I just got back from a 2500 mile trip on which I noticed a decent bit of front end wobble around 30-45 mph. The wobble is easily controllable but is noticeable.

I went to a mechanic who pulled the wheel and pronounced it slightly bent but safe to ride on with caution. He showed me the bend in the rim and it is quite obvious.

I'd like to sell this bike eventually, however, and don't feel right doing so with a bent rim.

I looked around a bit and found these threads, but I don't think they are particularly what I'm looking for:
https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-dl650a-2004-2011/415387-17”-front-wheel-conversion-2.html
https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-dl650a-2004-2011/405258-front-end-alignment-help.html
https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-dl650a-2004-2011/389641-handlebar-wobble-lower-speeds-after-dumping-bike-3.html

Basically, I'm trying not to get gouged on the price for this. All the ebay sellers and parts dealers online want $440-$530 for a front rim. I only paid $1800 for the bike so I'd like to keep the cost of this repair <$300 if possible.

Anybody know where a guy can get a non-bent 2005 DL650 front rim for a reasonable price?
 

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Unable to help there, but have you spoken to any of the mag wheel repairers? It may be possible to straighten out, if only slightly out of shape. There are some extremely talented craftsmen that straighten all sorts of motor vehicle damaged rims.
 

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Hey people,
I'm looking to pick up a new front rim/front wheel for my 2005 DL650
Your profile doesn't say whereabouts you are. You might start out by determining which other model years (or other models) have the same wheel in order to broaden your prospects. (remember that the rotors need to fit)

Then check out motorcycle salvage yards. Once you have located the wheel (as a back up) ... give the rim straightener a shot.
 

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David Moore in Apple Valley, Ca repaired some BMW rims for me and was a lot less expensive than sourcing a new rim.
The repair guys can make them good as new.
I've ridden on a rim with a dent but never noticed a handling issue.
 

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There are shops that can repair the rim.
I've used this guy. https://www.gpframeandwheel.com/
Reasonably priced and a quick turn, no pun intended.
True That (pun intended).
I have dealt with him, Gerry Piazza, for many years. He is may not be the only guy to go to for frame and wheel repair but he is the real deal.
 

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Thanks for the input. I'd love to use that guy in Sacramento but I am located in North Carolina and for the cost of shipping I may as well just buy a new wheel. I'm going to look around a bit here in the Charlotte area though for a wheel straightening service, I hadn't even thought of that previously. Thanks!
 

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I would just be upfront about it when selling. Like you said, the bikes value is pretty low, so a dented rim won't make much difference in price.
 

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I'm just not really sure anyone would buy in my area with a dented rim like that, even for $1000-$1500, and nobody near me is willing to try to straighten it. I've asked several shops.

I've decided it would be worth my time to put a new rim on it and then sell it for $2000 or maybe a bit more if I can manage, and not have to go through the hassle of explaining a bent wheel and scaring buyers away.

I was able to find a used rim on Ebay for $300, which was around what I was looking to spend, and I'll pull the wheel myself and just have a shop swap the tire over.

Pretty much just want to get the cost of the engagement ring I'm about to buy out of this thing. I think I can make it happen.

Thanks for the input everyone!
 

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Once the rim is replaced to your satisfaction, you could put the damaged rim up for sale, to offset some of the cost of the replacement rim.
 

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Once the rim is replaced to your satisfaction, you could put the damaged rim up for sale, to offset some of the cost of the replacement rim.
That's a great thought! I might be able to get $50-$100 out of it on Ebay. Will do my good sir.
 

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:yikes::jawdrop:
I did the same thing. Sold my '76 Honda CB500 in '78 to buy an engagement ring. I went three years without a bike. Finally, the honeymoon was over and I bought an '80 KZ750E new in '81. I still have that bike, and that wife, 40 years-in a row! :grin2:
 
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