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Old 01-14-2013, 07:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rims cost to much!

Why do chrome motorcycle rims cost 2 to 3 times as much ah chrome car/truck rims but are only half as wide. I was thinking about some new rims when I get some new tires but the cost is crazy expensive.

Anyone know of some better priced aftermarket rims for a Street Glide?
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Why do chrome motorcycle rims cost 2 to 3 times as much ah chrome car/truck rims but are only half as wide. I was thinking about some new rims when I get some new tires but the cost is crazy expensive.

Anyone know of some better priced aftermarket rims for a Street Glide?
Aren't most aftermarket rims billet and not cast? Crazy CNC time and cost factors of labor and materials.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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they can only sell you half as many so you get charged double, make sense?
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Why do chrome motorcycle rims cost 2 to 3 times as much ah chrome car/truck rims but are only half as wide. I was thinking about some new rims when I get some new tires but the cost is crazy expensive.

Anyone know of some better priced aftermarket rims for a Street Glide?
I'm not sure about rims but I've gotta ask ya'..............is this the first thing you found about owning a Harley that you think is "over-priced"???
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm not sure about rims but I've gotta ask ya'..............is this the first thing you found about owning a Harley that you think is "over-priced"???
You may be missing his point. Rims like the ones we're talking about are in excess of $1200 EACH. Some as much as $2500. The rims Jesse James was making for his full blown builds were $25000 each...... that's how labor intensive they are.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Rims are expensive for sure. If you change size which most do you have to buy tires, of course the rotors have to match so 2 or three rotors, then the chrome spacers for the front and don't forget wheel bearings, having them pressed, mounting balancing the tires... yeah, it's expensive. I went around and around about new wheels and found adding everything up it was going to be anywhere from $2200 to $3000 to get wheels on my SG. I wound up going the "cheap" route which happened to be a deal I negotiated in the off riding season with my local dealer. $2200 for chrome agitator wheels with all the parts installed. They went for it and now I've got a nice set of wheels. Do your reseach and know your options. Also, give one of the online discount HD dealers like lshd1 Home Page a try. I've had good luck ordering from them before. One last thing, shopping for wheels is a little like buying a new pickup. You have sticker shock at how damned expensive they are for a while. Then after you look at enough wheels, $2500 starts seeming like a pretty good deal. Next thing you know you're in the dealership ordering wheels for $2200 thinking you got a smoking deal. Yes... it's expensive.
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My stock cast wheels are AWESOME !...
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
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When I had the night train I wanted black rims with chrome spokes. I was flabbergasted at how much they cost. Then I looked at The HD wheels that are on the black line. The only diff being the spokes are stainless instead of chrome. They were actually much cheaper.

I feel very fortunate that I love the wheels on my King. I would hate to have that expense.


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Thats why I dont have a set,,,,too damn high..
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