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I recently picked up a rolling chassis that included front and rear solid wheels. Is there anything I can do to make the solid wheels look cool? Can i cut holes or other shapes into the solid wheel without compromising the strength integrety?
 

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A pic will say it all... are they cast-solid..? Spun aluminium solid..? Chromed steel solid..?
 

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I've seen holes cut in them, but I'd worry about the structual aspect of it, but it also depends on the material.

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If you live in an area that has a lot of wind cutting hoes in them will not only make them look cool but handle cool as well.
 

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If you live in an area that has a lot of wind cutting hoes in them will not only make them look cool but handle cool as well.
Yeah. I live right on the coast(windy) and I used to run a solid rear wheel. The wind really plays with the handling like a sail. Going over the bridges the side wind would catch the back wheel and I'd ride most of the way with the bike at a 45 degree angle. Sometimes it would catch you by surprise and things could get a little spooky on a light bike.

I can't imagine running a solid front with my experience in windy conditions.
 

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the wheels are cast.. supposed to be from a softail I think. I will post photos later today. Thanks for the advice..
 
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16" Front Wheel Cover Set Cast
16" front wheel cover set are contour formed to fit alloy 16" FLST front covering up to the step at the value stem hole area.

16" rear wheel cover set are contour formed to fit alloy 16" 1986-1999 FXST, FLSTF front covering up to the step at the valve stem hole area. These are held in place by the rotors and belt pulley.

They are an easy way to get shine and look great...
Hard to tell that they are just a cover,,,

Not a bad look being a cast finish...



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Scrap aluminum is bringing good prices these days!
 

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You can get away with cutting holes, designs, patterns whatever as long as you dont get crazy with it. That whole thing about those wheels catching a crosswind and upsetting the handling is usually created by people that simply arent that good or competent at riding a motorcycle in the first place. The same people will tell you to never use the front brakes. I was a developemental test rider for H-D for 14 years and have ridden every possible configuration of Harley in every possible weather condition and not once, ever, did I feel that solid wheels were going to cause me to lose control of a motorcycle.
 
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This build that I done got a many a mile put on it by me...
Did this one in Vegas.....

A few of the rides went down in the Canyons where winds was somewhat strange to say the least....

Didn't seem to me any worst then any other bike....
Only the unspound weight was a tad more noticeable.....IMO



Also this 01 Sportster had a solid on the rear, did do a polish to it...
Rode like all the others...



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That whole thing about those wheels catching a crosswind and upsetting the handling is usually created by people that simply arent that good or competent at riding a motorcycle in the first place.
SCTA rule 7.B.10 (excerpt) "It is REQUIRED (their capitals not mine) that front wheels be cross ventilatedby an area equal to at least 25% of nominal rim circle area." Rear wheels can be solid or covered with a disc. Maybe the SCTA needs some lessons in how to ride a bike.
 
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My question is at what speed are we talking? I bet it's more than 80 MPH?
The rule applies to all bikes from 50cc running 50 mph to turboed Hayabusas running 250+ mph.
 

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PN 45-0689 Front FLSTF 1986-99
PN 45-0742 Front FLSTF 2000-up
PN 45-0690 Rear FLSTF-FXST 1986-99
Thank you.

I wonder why they don't list a rear for '99+. The only difference is the bearing race O.D. is a little larger. So, on the half with the 5 holes....I guess I'd have to open up the middle I.D. like I did with my rotors and rear sprocket. :cool:

Or.....I can just quit being lazy, pull the rear wheel, dismount the tire, and have it polished.
 
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