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after saving up for 3 months to get my first bike inspected, i find out the the front rim is bent and need a new one to pass. kawasaki wants $425!!! i don't got that kind of money. it's a 97 zx6r and i found out the rim is 3.5X17. does anyone know where to buy used(but in good condition) rims besides ebay. or of any sites to be able to cross reference that size with other bikes? i live in pa, so anyone from the area know of any good used parts places. this is all i need to finally start riding, please help!!!:hurl:
 

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Hi Want2Ride-

Take a look in the back of either Motorcyclist or Cycle World magazine and you'll see advertisements for companies that specialize in straightening motorcycle rims. That would be a great place to start...

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This isn't advisable, but you don't "need" to pass inspection to start riding. Depending on how bad the rim is, I might just say F-it and start going. Also, some bike mechanics will straighten rims for little or no cost when they replace the tires. I've had my car rims straighten before for free, but I'm also not sure on how much more difficult it is to fix a M/C tire, especially since you only have two of them instead of 4.

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what are the shops called that straighten rims? what listing in the phone should i look in? would this be an auto repair place or a motorcycle repair place? or a machine shop?
 

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hell, if u cant find a little shop then just take it to a dealer, it'll still be less than $400.
 

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do NOT ride on a bent rim no matter what anyone tells you. do NOT say "eff it and ride" cause none of us know the extent of the bend, and even if it holds air it can and most likely will throw the balance of the rim way off, therefore making your bike extremely unsafe to ride.

you can find rims on ebay, try www.stuntusa.com or www.stuntlife.com people sell cheap parts on there all the time. ive seen cheap rims on ebay. just keep your eyes open, and i would expect to pay only around 100 maybe 150 for a rim.
 

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i agree dont ride on a bent rim, i know for cars most of the time on a nice 19 inch rim or somthing it only cost me 75 when i did it one time and like 65 another time, so it shouldnt be to bad, and i wouldnt think it would need to be a bike specific store/shop, call around and ask the people your calling if they dont do the service who might in the area
 

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does anyone know what the numbers are on the rims?
i have a "J17XMT3.50" whinch i assume has something to do with the size, and a "F-1286". I found a rim that has the same "j" number, but is "F-1285". will this wheel work?
 

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You can try sending a request on uneedapart.com. If the salvage yard has the rim, they'll send you an E-mail. you can get quite a few responses by sending one request. Then you can see which has the best price. Good Luck with your search.
 

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Hi Want2Ride-

I just opened an old copy of Cycle World and found an advertisement specifically for motorcycle rim-straightening in about thirty seconds:

M.C. Wheel
639 West Swanzey Road
Swanzey, New Hampshire 03446
1-888-629-4335
1-603-355-3901
www.mcwheel.com


There are so many advertisements for used and salvage parts it would be a major project to list them all here. Each of the major manufacturers is well-represented. Get down to the magazine store and make the $8.00 investment for two magazines so you can call a bunch of suppliers to check availability or repair costs.

As an aside, I wouldn't be riding around on bent rims. Call it my conservative attitude, but a sudden motorcycle rim failure won't be as forgiving as when an automobile rim decides to bite the dust.

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