Wheel conversions for 1986-1987

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  1. Jobiwan

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    ... a question...

    We have a lot of older Triumphs here (by older - I mean 1993-95 vintage Trophie 900 etc) - these came with 17" fronts and 18" rears - they are really nice looking tri/six spoke designs that have a look similar to the 86 VFR wheels.

    Sizes are: front 17 x 3.50 & rear 18 x 4.60 (Front Tyre 120/70 VR17 & Rear Tyre 160/60 VR18)
    Triumph Trophy 900 92  1.jpg
    Triumph-Trident-900.jpg

    Would the be a good choice to avoid geometry changes (drop forks 1/2") and retain looks? - or, would I still be stuck for tyre choice/radials vs crossply?

    These seem to be the only 4 choices for the rear:
    Dunlop Roadsmart 2
    Michelin Pilot Road 2
    Pirelli Angel GT
    Michelin Pilot Road 3


    The 91-94 model Trophy 1200's had 120/70 ZR17 & Rear Tyre 180/55 ZR17 (cant seem to find these actual rim specs either atm...) - would these be better?
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    Triumph-Trophy-1200-Left-Side.jpg

    A quick mock up...
    86-VFR750F_w_93-Trident_wheels.jpg
     
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    There isn't much reason to get a narrow 17" as you'd still be limited to a small number of bias ply tires. If you wanna do a wheel swap, you should get a 17 that is wide enough for a radial tire. Then you'll have a wide range of tires to choose from.

    Plus that orange rim is bent. I'd pass for sure on that one. You'll feel a tiny wobble or flat spot and you'll want to ditch that rim for a straight one. Been there and done that.
     
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    That's exactly right. I often have to remind people that a 17in wheel is not (necessarily) magic - it's the fact that you can get modern radial tires that makes the difference. The only way to get there is with a 3.5in wide wheel in this case a CBR600F2.
     
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    My wheel conversion. (Admittedly not YOUR wheel conversion.)

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    My rear wheel conversion accommodates a 6-inch tire. I could run a 190. Still, I ride a 180. Works great. Nimble.
     
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    Wrong section. This is for the 86-87 bikes.
     
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    Couple of wheel questions re a 1984 VF1000F


    1) anyone put VF1000R wheels on an F?
    2) anyone put the wheels from a CX500/650 Turbo on an F? It looks like the same design that was put on the F in some other markets; but I don't know if it's an exact match.

    Edit: brain fade-- the CX has different sized rims.

    So I guess I'd be limited to sourcing them from one of the countries where they came stock on the VF.


    tia,
    Walter
     
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    R and F wheels are a direct interchange, no modifications needed.
     
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    Best news I got today.

    thanks again.
    Walter
     
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