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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Wheel advice please !

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Hoping someone can assist with a problem on a 1980 kz1000.
Working on bike and hoping to up the rear wheel size from a 16 to 17” .
However can’t get a new rim with 48 holes , so wondering if anybody knows of any other Kawasaki which has a 17” spoked wheel which would fit, with 40 holes , or less , or a 17” with 48.
I suspect , but don’t know, that the 16”, 48 hole rim was for American markets only ?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 10:07 AM
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What KZ1000 is it & how many spokes do the wheels have? Also, Rr disk or drum? just to be sure of what you have.
I'm not aware of any KZ models with 17" spoked rear wheel >> they were either 16" or 18".
Buchanan's may have what you're looking for.

In the USA the 1980 & earlier KZs had 40-spoke wheels w 18" Rr.
The 81-82 KZ1000M CSR had 48-spoke wheels w 16" Rr.
The 82 KZ750M CSR had 40-spoke wheels w 16" Rr.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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It’s a 1980 kz1000 American import with 16 “ rear wheel that I really want to increase, hopefully to a 17” , but would go with an 18”.
As I said there are 48 spokes , but cannot find anywhere that do a rim with that many spokes.

Any help would be gratefully received.

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It has a disc on the rear
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I suggest you check with Buchanan's as martin-csr suggested. They will custom drill the spoke holes for you, though you will need to provide them with some dimensions from the hub, and they can provide the spokes.

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By Jasper750twin: As I said there are 48 spokes ,

You didn't exactly specify that's how many spokes your wheels had & I didn't want to assume anything. I asked about what model it is, because there wasn't a 1980 USA KZ1000 w 48-spoke wheels. I'll guess it's an 81 CSR & you're using the date of manufacture which isn't necessarily the model year. just guessing. It helps to know the exact model.

I have a 1981 KZ650-CSR w 48-spoke wheels w aluminum rims, single disk Fr brake & Rr drum brake.

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Am in England.
Think you are right it is a 1981 kz1000 csr.
Date stamp says 1980.
Has twin discs on front and single on rear. Both front and rear wheels are 48 spoked.
I suspect it is a one off and no other models have a 17 or 18 “ wheel that will fit.
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I'm pretty sure the only models with 48-spoke wheels are the KZ1000-CS & KZ650-CSR and both of them had a 16" Rr.

I would contact Buchanan's spokes & wheels, but it's probably going to be expensive.





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Many thanks

Have made progress here, but rims have to be stainless x2 , so expensive !
No other option, as all alloy rims come pre dimpled, and as you say there doesn’t seem to be any 48 hole 17” wheels around.

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By Jasper750twin: .... No other option, as all alloy rims come pre dimpled, ....

I don't know what that means? There are probably cast alloy wheels that're a direct swap.
The KZ1000P Police & other KZ models had an 18" Rr wheel.

My spokes were rusty, so I looked into replacing them. SS were going to cost over $125 per wheel just for the spokes, so I got cast alloy wheels from a KZ550 Ltd >> they were a direct fit. All I needed were the wheels & Fr brake disk >> everything else swapped >> axles, speedo drive, sprocket carrier, brake panel, etc.



Kind of before w stock wheels, rusty spokes.

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