Wheels can make a bike. The TX650 came fitted with alloy wheels, also included were a set of spoked wheels, so, they got the nod. They were in pretty crook shape, the PO obviously had no tyre levers, so used hammers, screwdriver and whatever else he had lying around. The results were not pretty: deep gouges, and scratches on the rims. Hubs were in better shape, although both were badly oxidised and pitted,
I wasn't sure if I could restore the rims, but gave it a shot anyway and they came up pretty good. I ground the edge of the rim down with an angle grinder fitted with 240 grit disks, the outer walls of the rims were ground with nylon fibre wheels fitted in the angle grinder and the inner section ground with a shaped nylon fibre wheel on an 8"bench grinder converted specifically for polishing.
When all the smoothing was done I polished using a sisal wheel and black compound, then a sewn cloth wheel and white compound, then a loose leaf with white compound, finishing off with a swansdown loose leaf and green compound. There are still a few marks I couldn't get out as they were just too deep, but all in all I was quite pleased with the result.
Next came the hubs. I mounted the rear hub on the lathe first and trued up the flanges, then removed the casting bridges between the fins, trued the fins and then poished the hub and brake backing plate. The rear hub came up extremey well, very pleased with the result.
Next came the front hub. Same story, mounted it on the lathe, trued the flanges and turned down the casting bridges between flanges so I could get a mop in deep enough to polish. Again came up pretty good with a bit of a polish.
next were the spacers. These were looking a little shabby, so I turned up new spacers from some stainless stock, turned up some dust covers from aluminium stock, pressed then together and poished. The front wheel has monts both side of the hub for twin disks, but I'll only be using a single, so I discarded the rusted cover that covered the left side mounts and fav=bbed an aluminium plate to cover the mounting holes.
Then I contacted the largest XS650 bits supplier in OZ for some stainles spokes, he ony had front spoke so I ordered them. The spokes turned up and I laced the wheels. Not impressed at all, the threads on the spokes was too long, so when laced, trued centred and torqued there was around 3mm of thread showing before the nipple on every spoke. I took a couple of spokes out and sure enough the spokes were the same length a the stock spokes but the thread extended too far down the spoke, about another 3mm. I compained to the seller,t all I got in return was a series of abusive texts and emails. He informed me his 'profesional' wheel builder said that was acceptable???
Rather than buy spokes from the same seller and have the same problem, I ordered some stainless spokes from Heidens in the Netherlands, same price, just took a little longer to get here. They arrived and I laced the rear wheel, trued it, centred it and torqued the nipples. Perfect, not a single bit of thread showing. I took a picture, sent it to the OZ supplier telling him this is what it should look like. Not surprisingly I got not no reply.
Last job was to polish the ake backing plate. That done, I fitted new bearings, and fitted the wheels - magic, you just can't beat nice hiny spoked wheels. But I do cringe whenever I look at the front wheel .