- Nov 7, 2007
I'm interested in fitting Ed with valanced [shouldered] alloy rims [Borrani - Akront/Morad - Excel.] Has anyone had experience with particular products or vendors?
Lastly, should the socket or wrench I buy be the whitworth standard?
Is the only difference between whitworth and SAE, where they measure the bolt size? Like 15/16 whitworth is for a bolt with the threaded section having a 15/16"
...while an SAE 15/16 bolt has a head diameter of 15/16"?
A spanner/wrench for a Unified (not SAE) fastener is normally marked with the hexagon AF (Across Flats, not diameter) size and not the thread diameter.
US Hex Bolts - InchesANSI/ASME B18.2.1 Dimensions of Hex Bolts - Imperial units.www.engineeringtoolbox.com
My bad, meant to type AF and not diameter. Thanks very much for your help.
I got the Excel 19” x 2.15 from Buchanan, front and rear, without the clear coat. They laced them up with stainless spokes. They are probably lighter, and they look great.
If you plan on keeping your motorcycle, get a basic set of Whitworth wrenches and sockets, as those fasteners are scattered about the machine, mixed in with various other configurations, some of which are so close to Whitworth that you can only do damage by using the wrong tool.
I recently got mine on Amazon for much less and seem to be good quality.Thank you both! I'll likely order a set of wrenches and sockets from these guys: https://www.lowbrowcustoms.com/collections/motorcycle-whitworth-tools It's a US based store and shipping from the UK is a bit high at the moment.
I have the valenced Excel rims, and sm very happy with them.Hello all,
Seems like a good time to continue on with this 14 year old thread. I have a few questions that I hope you folks can help me with.
I would like to have alloy rims laced to my Commando 750 hubs. Reducing rotational weight is the primary reason why. I heard that Excel rims are the best way to go for that. The lightest. Is that Correct?
A gentleman from Buchanan wants to know what rim sizes and type I'm looking for. This will show what they have available: http://www.buchananspokes.com/categories/excel.asp
He said to look under the "Excel Rims - Dimpled section". Does that sound right? I'll be having DOT approved tires and the only riding is on the road. Though I've never been on a track amongst racers I do think that I ride rather aggressively. Plenty of dirtbike, mountainbike and BMX racing history. So far only a bit of my brain has been removed after a crash. So far so good. Still got plenty more of it up there.
As far as size goes, coloradonortonworks.net uses 2.15 front and 2.50 rear. 19" diameter front and 18" rear. Does that sound appropriate?
I'm also looking for the proper tool to remove the front wheel from my 1971 Norton 750. None of my sockets or wrenches fit the front axle. I measured the flat spot to flat spot head of the axle and found 15/16". The measurment was taken with a vernier caliper. Should I purchase a 15/16 socket? I ask because it seems to be a pretty unusual socket size. Kind of odd.
Lastly, should the socket or wrench I buy be the whitworth standard? Is the only difference between whitworth and SAE, where they measure the bolt size? Like 15/16 whitworth is for a bolt with the threaded section having a 15/16" diameter while an SAE 15/16 bolt has a head diameter of 15/16"? The more I read about this stuff, the more confused I get.
Please help me out! Thanks very much.