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New front wheel ? #728061
03/09/18 6:33 am
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Just out of curiousity, has anyone bought one of these new wheels coming out of India ?
Quality and fit ?

I've figured out that with a postwar wheel needing a new rim, chrome, new spokes, new brakes, bearings and axle,
the Indian made whole wheel is a fraction of the cost.
There seem to be a whole heap of vendors, and price ranges, although the wheels all look the same...
But, will I be pleased, impressed or disappointed.

I recently bought some other parts very economically, postage included, and they turned up promptly and appeared to be very well made, and fitted perfectly (footpeg parts, although there is not much scope to go wrong.)

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Re: New front wheel ? [Re: Rohan] #728175
03/10/18 2:30 am
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I bought a twin leading shoe brake from an Indian supplier on eBay. The only issue was the machining of the brake shoe casting. I don't remember if the brake linings were OK or not. But the shoes were unusable. The machined groove for the pivot was out of alignment - crooked in other words. I replaced them with a set from Hitchcocks. The brake now works very well.
I would not say to forget about the wheel. Just be prepared to consider it raw material to be rebuilt by you to your own standards.


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Re: New front wheel ? [Re: Rohan] #728427
03/12/18 8:37 pm
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I bought that EXACT wheel for a scrambler project. I think it was $90 SHIPPED to the US. Seriously, I have no idea how they make any money at all. It spins true, spokes are galvanized not stainless. I haven't actually used it yet, but I plan on replacing the brake shoes anyway. But, for the price, I'd say it was well worth it.


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Re: New front wheel ? [Re: Rohan] #728513
03/13/18 9:09 pm
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I fitted one of these to a '51 500 twin,looked and works flawlessly,spokes and nipples are not stainless so i make sure i spray them with WD40.Price when i purchased
$40?? plus post cheap as chips.
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Re: New front wheel ? [Re: Rohan] #728520
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They are currently on eBay for anywhere from $180 to $450, INCLUDING free post.
And all appear the same
(although some come with less axles and bearings and brakes than others !).
I don't know how they can make a profit either, especially at the lower end of that spectrum.

Thanks for the replies.
I'm going to order one, just the chrome rim alone here costs as much as that.
And thats the precise wheel a Model G project would use, so its got to be worth a try.
I see there is also a girder fork axle kit, so it could do double duty for a prewar front wheel/project.


Re: New front wheel ? [Re: Rohan] #728624
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Be careful who you deal with,they are not all equal.Indian parts prices have gone up a lot in price,compared to 10 years ago i see.

Re: New front wheel ? [Re: Rohan] #729391
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Front wheel has arrived, well packaged, so far it looks good. Chrome looks great.
Even came with a rim band.

For a moment I thought it may have been 18", but slotting it next to another its 19".
The spoke nipples are a light yellow zinc though, which may need some disguising.
The axle, brakes, bearings, seals etc come in a little included package,
so can't spin it yet. Photo shortly.

Got no notice of delivery today, its bucketing down outside, so lucky I was home.

I notice the vendor I went with had bad feedback that this wouldn't fit a Norton,
I'm not surprised, its entirely an Enfield setup !!

Re: New front wheel ? [Re: Rohan] #729461
03/21/18 8:03 pm
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For the spoke nipples - I don't know if you'll like this but I have used it on hardware and it lasts pretty well. Rub N' Buff is a tube of paste found in craft stores. Comes in a variety of colors including at least two silvery colors. It's pigment in a carnauba wax base. You can apply with your finger or a rag or a brush. You can thin it and paint it on. It dries quick enough and then you can leave it alone or buff it to satiny finish. The silver I chose fits right in with the patina of my 50 yr old bike.


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Re: New front wheel ? [Re: Rohan] #729491
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Can't say I've heard of it, I'll look into it. Thanks.
I've also thought of painting the wheel centre silver, and include the spoke nipples.
Might be tricky to make it stick though.

Wheel as delivered. The little pack of axle brake etc is top right.
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I'm still exploring what that hub is made of.
Its heavy enough it should be steel, but it doesn't quite look it Cast iron ?

Re: New front wheel ? [Re: Rohan] #729592
03/22/18 7:15 pm
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Funny that the maker would opt for nipples plated with yellow iridite rather than Zinc. That said, the nipples at the top of this thread are either Zinc or Nickel plated.

If the yellow plating is a bother, in your shoes I would replace the nipples one at a time with new ones. Done carefully you won't upset the truing of the wheel rim.

BTW, you're correct: the hub material looks like cast iron, which means you want to be careful with the spoke flanges. A spark test with small grinding wheel on the inside of the hub should tell the tale.

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Re: New front wheel ? [Re: Rohan] #729824
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"BTW, you're correct: the hub material looks like cast iron, which means you want to be careful with the spoke flanges. A spark test with small grinding wheel on the inside of the hub should tell the tale."

If it's iron, wouldn't a magnet work ???


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Re: New front wheel ? [Re: Rohan] #729825
03/24/18 8:36 pm
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Rohan was wondering whether the hub was cast iron or steel. A magnet will be attracted to both iron and steel, so that test won't differentiate the material.

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Re: New front wheel ? [Re: Rohan] #731830
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A spark test sez that the hub is steel.

I already pondered that changing out all the nipples, but they are longer than usual (?),
and previous experience has shown that one by one can still throw the rim out,
its not so easy to get a whole set of spokes back to exactly the same tension all round....

I decided I can paint them, the yellow tint is not very bright, and some thin aluminium paint isn't too obvious.
Suppose I could also nickel plate them, one by one !?!
My experience has been the yellow tint can fade with time, maybe they just need some road miles and wet weather...??



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