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And the first person to say "Ring NHS direct" will be blocked for a whole day, so don't say you haven't been warned...;)

So over here, the snows have receded to allow me access to my garage and my TA!! A day of spannering was needed

Braided hose: Fitted and bled.
Battery: Fitted
Bike fired-up after only about 10 seconds on the starter button :blob3:
SW Motech crash Bars: Fitted (why is there always one bit that won't line up?!)
Front BT45: fitted
Rear BT45: NOT fitted....

Why? Well, because the inside of the rim, namely around the valve hole looked like a flake pastry off the top of a steak pie!! It affected an area that reached the second spoke nipple in either direction and up to the sides of the bead-well in the centre of the rim.

Some furious rubbing with a wire brush got it mostly off and the valve hole still seems quite thick (3mm or so).

I don't want to/can't afford to spend a fortune, but safety is important and I have plans for the TA this summer.

So what now?

I have a few choices, in order to expense:
  • Coat the area with gasket sealant to protect the innertube from any burrs, and remount the tyre: it looks solid enough, even if there was a lot of corroded material.
  • Get it ally-welded by a local shop who said that this can delay the need to buy a new rim
  • Get a 18 inch moto-cross rim, but then buy a new rear tyre...(not my ideal choice unless a M-X rim is going to be a lot better
  • Get a Honda rim locally for about €185
So, what do the good folk of XRV think is the best option?
 

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Could you coat the inner rim with a rust inhibitor and paint it?
When it is rubbed down place rim tape around the inside then refit the tube and tire.
 

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I just had a morad rim and zinced spokes fitted to the rear wheel of the Vigor, £210 fitted with new inner tube and tyre replaced at a local bike shop,
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You know what the answers going to be. New rim.

Only you can judge if the rim will last any longer. Don't think welding will be possible.
It does look solid.

The metal is quite thick still, and certainly doesn't feel flimsy: no movement in the metal, IFKWIM.

Could you coat the inner rim with a rust inhibitor and paint it?
It's aluminium. Would rust treatment actually, help?
 

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It does look solid.

The metal is quite thick still, and certainly doesn't feel flimsy: no movement in the metal, IFKWIM.



It's aluminium. Would rust treatment actually, help?
I do not know if there is a treatment for Alloy but it might be worth enquiring.
 

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I will see the bikeshop wheel specialist on Monday. He may have a corrosion treatment, or I may go the the welding solution: it is a LOT cheaper.

Othewise, there is a rim from Morad that would suit (£120, exc P&P from CWC), provided I can get it in gold to match the front.
 

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I meant he also supplies rims, may be cheaper and quicker than CWC, not much of a rep for speedy delivery.
 

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What is the standard thickness of the rim on a Transalp?

I look at the metal, now that it is clean and although loads of aluminium oxide/hydroxide (?) came away with the brushing, the rim still seems pretty thick...

It seems that a small quanity of aluminium makes a much larger volume of this corroded compound...

As you can see, I'm still trying to avoid forking out on a new rim!!:angel9:
 

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If it was just surface deterioration then you may be lucky, just get some lacquer and coat the inside of the rim.
 

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If it was just surface deterioration then you may be lucky, just get some lacquer and coat the inside of the rim.
So the question would have to be: what can be classed as "surface"?

I'm going to have another look, get the files out and clean it up around the edges, and clear away any sharp, anodised edges too. The outside surface of the rim looks perfectly OK: no bubbling and no cracking. Cleaned area inside is now rough, bare metal.
 

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Get a Talon Excel to match the front:thumbup:
The thought had crossed my mind, (more sauntered across, actually :rolleyes:). Problem is that Excel appear to only make 18-19 inch rears as they cater for the Moto-x market.

Morad do make one, but I don't yet know if they come in gold.

I'm not usually that bothered about matching up on the little things, but the gold wheels are part of the TA look so they should stay...

Pictures of the offending rim here...
 
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