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Author Topic: 18" rear wheel on a KX500  (Read 5263 times)
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Kawadougie
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« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2004, 11:19:23 AM »

I changed mine to an 18" primarily to gain traction in the loose stuff.  It does make a difference.  I bought a Buchanan spoke set and an Excel rim.  Total cost was about $160.00  It was very easy to install because Kawasaki drills the spoke holes in the hub so it acts a a guide.  It also helps that all of the spokes are the same.  I had the old rim off and the new one on in about an hour.  Much better than the old drum brake Huskies. Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2004, 02:15:27 PM »

well, I just got my first pinch flat on Monday (at least I assume that's what it is.  I got a flat tire without any visible penetrating objects in the tire).  Also beat the crap out of the rim (I noticed a crack in it when I pulled the tire off last night).  Rode over some rocky, sharp terrain in the Cochiti Canyon area.  I guess that I'm going to have to look into this conversion.  In the meantime, I bought a cheap 120/90x19 rear tire and a new tube so that I can get back in the dirt this weekend.  Does anyone have a good (ie cheap) source for the spokes and rim?  Is it worth it to have the rim welded?  The crack is thru the bead area (about 1/2" long total).  Thanks Tracy
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« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2004, 03:29:26 PM »

Monkeybutt Part, you should be able to get it for $185 or so, rim + spokes.
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« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2004, 06:41:50 PM »

I beleive the KDX200 wheels are a direct fit with capable/identical bearings (The KDX is a "Dual-Sport" in other markets; hence, it's a fairly heavy duty design) I've noticed the part # on the old micro-fice(sp?). There's a "model year" issue here, I think. I'll check. I think it's 89-92 KDX rear wheels...

A note: I've been using the 120/100-19 Kenda Carlsbad in the rear. This tire has about as much sidewall as most 18" tires and I've yet to get a flat while running a Bridgestone or Dunlop H/D tube. This is a very viable alternative to building/buying an 18" rear wheel.

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« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2004, 03:13:03 AM »

Here is mine "18 wheeler" cheesy
We have a lots of that combo here in Sweden ?cause many
race enduro here.
Easy to get.... wink
I use it for my races in enduro togheter with  rubber "no flat" mousse.
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« Reply #20 on: November 01, 2017, 03:23:21 AM »

Were i can find spokes for 18" rearwheel? Sorry for posting old topic.
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« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2017, 12:42:22 PM »

try here for spokes..  wink  http://www.cross-center.com/
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« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2018, 01:05:36 PM »

18" wheels for trail riding. 
19" for motocross
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« Reply #23 on: June 11, 2018, 01:05:21 PM »

I can say from experience that the Maxxis IT Desert in a 19" size is definitely a solid choice if all one has is a 19" rim. I ran one on a yz250 I set up for trail. I have ridden the worst Colorado and Moab has to offer with that tire on a 19" rim. I had zero issues and no complaints. Go with the heavy duty tube, don't skimp on air pressure and the sidewalls are definitely stiff enough to handle any rocky terrain.
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