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Aluminium Wheel Spacers - DRZ and X - Challenge
« on: May 11, 2011, 01:44:58 pm »
Whilst servicing my DRZ I noticed that the wheel spacers are alu and at 5 000 km's the seals have already started wearing a groove into the alu.

Not sure how long it will last before water etx starts penetrating the seals + bearings.

I have also been ogling an X-Challenge and see it has the same sickness...alu spacers.

So , do any forum dogs have access to or info regarding decent metal versions of the wheelspacers for the above two bikes ?
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Re: Aluminium Wheel Spacers - DRZ and X - Challenge
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2011, 03:32:53 pm »
FWIW - All my plastic bikes have done this, I machined spacers ex 316 Stainless Steel thinking I was the mutts nutts, turns out I am just a mutt and they also grooved over time.
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Re: Aluminium Wheel Spacers - DRZ and X - Challenge
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2011, 04:27:39 pm »
FWIW - All my plastic bikes have done this, I machined spacers ex 316 Stainless Steel thinking I was the mutts nutts, turns out I am just a mutt and they also grooved over time.

How about having them made from 3CR12?
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Re: Aluminium Wheel Spacers - DRZ and X - Challenge
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2011, 10:15:57 am »
They will always groove no matter what material you use thanks to the combined effort of grit & rubber running on the spacer. Even case hardened carbon steel won't make much of a difference.

Not too much of an issue since the seals of the bearing prevent the worst.

A spacer which covers the seal and reduces dirt access to the sealing lip would be more promising.

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Re: Aluminium Wheel Spacers - DRZ and X - Challenge
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2011, 10:18:10 am »
Now that I can buy into lecap, thanks for the idea :thumleft:
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Re: Aluminium Wheel Spacers - DRZ and X - Challenge
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2011, 10:30:43 am »
Now that I can buy into lecap, thanks for the idea :thumleft:

Have a look at the spacers on the KLR rear front wheel right left (brake) side for a good example how to do it.

Yes indeed there are well designed parts on a KLR :biggrin:
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Re: Aluminium Wheel Spacers - DRZ and X - Challenge
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2011, 10:36:12 am »
S-4-B I had the same on my DRZ, as did BUS. I bought a set of steel spacers from him, made by KSP. When I have some extra cash I am going to have 5 or 10 sets made up for the DRZ and sell them. It's a wear item, just check it whenever you change the tires :)
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Re: Aluminium Wheel Spacers - DRZ and X - Challenge
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2011, 10:41:12 am »
Thanks.

I know it is not a big problem...just me being anal  :imaposer:

Let me know if you have too many and want to sell some ....was that both front and rear ???

In the meantime I am going to find myself a KLR to ogle  :mwink:
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Re: Aluminium Wheel Spacers - DRZ and X - Challenge
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2011, 06:13:25 pm »
I only have the rear ones out, when I have a moment I'll find and engineering shop and have them make 5 sets or something.
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Re: Aluminium Wheel Spacers - DRZ and X - Challenge
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2011, 08:11:06 pm »
My 5c worth, if you want to really do it nice I would do them from aircraft grade titanium, cannot remember the grade now will check up, I have used what I had so cannot help :peepwall:

Alternative go High Carbon steel and HARD chrome plating not nickel or zinc, only hard chrome or it is a waste of time

DO NOT go for 316 stainless, it is soft, rather try 304 or 320 or 400 series, the cheaper the grade the less Nickel in it the harder it is, we are not looking for corrosion resistance just little minimal staining and less wear  8)   
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Re: Aluminium Wheel Spacers - DRZ and X - Challenge
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2011, 09:16:22 pm »
My 5c worth, if you want to really do it nice I would do them from aircraft grade titanium, cannot remember the grade now will check up, I have used what I had so cannot help :peepwall:

Alternative go High Carbon steel and HARD chrome plating not nickel or zinc, only hard chrome or it is a waste of time

DO NOT go for 316 stainless, it is soft, rather try 304 or 320 or 400 series, the cheaper the grade the less Nickel in it the harder it is, we are not looking for corrosion resistance just little minimal staining and less wear  8)   

Like I said, why not use 3CR12?
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Re: Aluminium Wheel Spacers - DRZ and X - Challenge
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2011, 09:22:28 pm »
My 5c worth, if you want to really do it nice I would do them from aircraft grade titanium, cannot remember the grade now will check up, I have used what I had so cannot help :peepwall:

Alternative go High Carbon steel and HARD chrome plating not nickel or zinc, only hard chrome or it is a waste of time

DO NOT go for 316 stainless, it is soft, rather try 304 or 320 or 400 series, the cheaper the grade the less Nickel in it the harder it is, we are not looking for corrosion resistance just little minimal staining and less wear  8)   

Like I said, why not use 3CR12?

Cos I don,t like it much , it still corrodes and isnt that hard, I prefer the others :biggrin: but a better choice than 316 for sure 8)
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Re: Aluminium Wheel Spacers - DRZ and X - Challenge
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2011, 08:45:40 am »
Where do I source these magic metals from?
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Re: Aluminium Wheel Spacers - DRZ and X - Challenge
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2011, 09:23:49 am »
Where do I source these magic metals from?

Just chat to your engineering shop, EN57 would not be a bad bet either  8)
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