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    So I was talking with Duke this evening and we got on the topic of rims. Duke has figured out a good way of making the rear wheel of a 1300 vstar work on the RS. As many of you know finding cast wheels for a RS is either difficult, expensive or both. 1300 vstar wheels are quite a bit easier and way cheaper to get ahold of. Has anyone really looked I to making the front wheel work for the RS? I know that RRS_07RdStar had checked on his bikes and this is what he came up with....

    "The short answer to this question is the Vstar1300 mag wheels will not bolt up directly to the Roadstar 1700. You may be able to adapt the front wheel with new spacers for both the axle and the disc or calipers as they are both different measurements. The discs on the front are the same diameter and thickness, and the rim width and tire size are the same on both.
    The rear won't work at all without major modifications, The disc side dimension from center of wheel is the same on both bikes, but the discs are different diameters and thicknesses. The wheel rim width is 3.5" on the 1700 and 4.5" on the 1300. The 1300 mounts a 170/70 B16 where as the 1700 mounts a 150/80 B16. Probably the biggest issue would be on the pulley side, on the 1300 the pulley is ~ 3/4" farther out from wheel center for clearance of the wider tire."

    So the big question is has anyone else looked into this? And if not is there anyone that understands this stuff better than me(which is not hard) willing to look into what it would take to make the front work?



  • #2
    That is 1 of those things that someone will have to put out the money to buy a front rim and start the fitting process. If Duke has figured out the rear did you ask him if he would figure out a front if you shipped him one? He is probably the best fabricator here for that type of stuff.

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    • Ahodge75
      Ahodge75 commented
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      Yeah I was thinking about that…..I found a front wheel for $40 but unfortunately it was bent.

  • #3
    I am also having difficulty finding a cast wheel for my black 03. I got lucky and scored and enforcer wheel with rotors for 150 bucks. Through a new tire on it so the front is done as I got the spacers from smokescreen. Fits perfect with using his wheel and caliper spacers bolts right up. If I can find a factory road star cast wheel I'll paint it black to match and I'll be very happy. But yeah the V-Star wheels are always wider and use a wider tire even on my 650. Obviously you can also use liner front wheels with no modifications the rear wheel would be just like the V-Star and involve fabrication.
    LET'S RIDE

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    • #4
      ​ I have a V-Star 1300 cast rear wheel mounted on my "01" and found that the wheel has the same look as the cast Road Star, but the spacing is different. By machining the drive hub, and adding a spacer on the right side, this wheel works great. The 1300 wheel rim width is 4.5" compared to the Road Star 3.5" width.
      The 1300 Royal Star rear wheel will not work as it is a shaft drive.
      Having a friend machinist turn the drive hub, it set me back $125., not counting the seal I used.

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      • #5
        I guess I scored several years back when I got a pair of OEM mag wheels for $160 shipped from a member here!

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        • Duke
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          Yeah, you did Steve. I use to get all kinds of Road Star parts really cheap, but now that they have stopped building them, parts has gone way-up in price.

        • Ahodge75
          Ahodge75 commented
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          Yeah you scored for sure……

        • davej
          davej commented
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          Back in 09 I found a guy here that swapped my oem spoke wheels for cast wheels. We just both paid for shipping. Back then there was a lot of parts available for these bikes. Now a lot of them are becoming unicorns.

      • #6
        If only someone had a 1300 front wheel laying around collecting dust somewhere and then maybe we could all sweet talk Duke into looking at this what im sure is a minor and easy solution(lol). Hell I’d throw Duke some money in help for research and development……im sure others would as well….

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        • davej
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          At $40 the bent one would be an OK investment for research. There are places that can straighten bent wheels. I had a enforcer wheel straightened for $100.

      • #7
        If you want a mag wheel with a good tire and rotors, I'll let this HD wheel go for $100. If interested. I'll probably take that money and buy a 1300 wheel and do the research on it. You will need Smokescreen's adapters.

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        • #8
          Hell I'm looking buying a real nice 04 and swapping out the cast wheels for some spoke wheels I have, taking off good accessories then resell and still make money. About the only way to get a whole set of cast wheels anymore.

          Then I just got to find some sucker willing to spend $500 on a set of cast wheels.

          Bwahahahahahhahha
          LET'S RIDE

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          • Ahodge75
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            I kinda hate you right now…..but I’m not sucker enough

        • #9
          Cast wheel donor bike
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          LET'S RIDE

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