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post #1 of 12 Old 02-26-2007, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Well spring is on the way in this part of the country so I figured I better pull the wheels off and get them to the powdercoater before the big rush. I had purchased the bearings and seals in the late fall but with the long spell of extremely cold weather here in Ohio I didn't feel like going out to the garage to do the disassembly. Everything came apart well until it came to breaking the beads. I used my big C-clamp but only succeeded in breaking one side loose. The sidewalls on the original tires is quite stiff. After playing with it longer than I should have I opted to drop them off at the local bike shop and have them dismounted. I should be able to get them to the powdercoater by Wednesnday. I have a 2003 yellow strom and can't stand the black wheels. They're fine on a sport bike, I guess, but I have seen pics of other Stroms with refinished wheels and they look much better. (personal preference) I am thinking of an aluminum color to match the frame, bright aluminum but not shiny. After this outlay of cash for bearings, seals, new tires, powdercoating, remounting and balancing I'll rest before I pull the front fender and paint it to match the yellow on the tank. I'll post pictures when I get it back together.
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-26-2007, 06:01 PM
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Yeah... the black wheels bug me too. No big deal. I understand you can strip the wheels fairly easily up to a point. There's a place on the wheel that's textured and that's a little tougher. There a number of threads about this over on the other Vstrom forum: http://11109.rapidforum.com/.
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I want to paint my wheels. Too much dark on my blue 05. Sidepanels, frame, swingarm, wheels. Sheesh, you'd think Suzuki only bought one color paint that year.

I saw a color that looked like melted caramel that I like. I think it'll be something to do when the wheel bearings get replaced.
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Well spring is on the way in this part of the country so I figured I better pull the wheels off and get them to the powdercoater before the big rush. I had purchased the bearings and seals in the late fall but with the long spell of extremely cold weather here in Ohio I didn't feel like going out to the garage to do the disassembly. Everything came apart well until it came to breaking the beads. I used my big C-clamp but only succeeded in breaking one side loose. The sidewalls on the original tires is quite stiff. After playing with it longer than I should have I opted to drop them off at the local bike shop and have them dismounted. I should be able to get them to the powdercoater by Wednesnday. I have a 2003 yellow strom and can't stand the black wheels. They're fine on a sport bike, I guess, but I have seen pics of other Stroms with refinished wheels and they look much better. (personal preference) I am thinking of an aluminum color to match the frame, bright aluminum but not shiny. After this outlay of cash for bearings, seals, new tires, powdercoating, remounting and balancing I'll rest before I pull the front fender and paint it to match the yellow on the tank. I'll post pictures when I get it back together.
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Motorcycles should have black frames and silver wheels! Thats just how I roll. I think these are the guys I used to polish the wheels on my Busa. If I can remember correctly, it was around 300.00 to get the wheels polished.
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I polished my wheels myself (rim lips only). Took 5 to 6 hours start to finish and $15 in materials. Even with the spokes and center strip still in black it totally changed the look of the bike. As a plus, the dust and dirt show up less than before.
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Those polished wheels look good. What did you use?
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Aircraft quality paint remover from NAPA, 00 steel wool, aluminum polish and masking tape.

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How often do you guys wash your back wheel? After every ride?

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