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  • Please help! Just bent my front rim. What are my options?

    Hello all,

    I just got my new-to-me 2003 ZZR1200. Absolutely amazing shape and just cracked 30,000 miles too. I absolutely loved riding it until I bent the front rim pulling out of my yard yesterday. I tried calling around and looking local for a replacement but the only option I was given was an $800 oem replacement from Japan. There didn’t seem to be too many good options used on eBay and none whatsoever on Craigslist/facebook near me. I know there are aftermarket options but the only ones I could find are $1,200+ price range which I definitely do not have.

    I come from the car world where repairing a rim wouldn’t be too outlandish of an idea especially done right. I assumed that this wouldn’t be a smart option with a 200mph death machine however.

    Is repair a potential option? Anyone know of a place where I could get an aftermarket option for a few hundred instead of thousand? Any help would be greatly appreciated, this bike is one of the only things bringing me joy in my life at the moment and now it’s been taken out too. Definitely need to fix it asap.

    Thanks in advance,
    John
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  • #2
    Check with Cory at:
    Corys Motorcycle Sales and Salvage in Sarnia, Ontario.
    http://www.402bike.com
    phone: 519.337.2453
    or 519.402.bike
    Cory used to buy the new OEM ZZR body parts from Campagna when they used new ZZR’s to make the T-Rex. He had a few OEM front ZZR wheels still in inventory a while back and helped bctrout out when he needed a replacement.

    I don’t remember what bctrout paid but I know it was significantly less than the $800 you mentioned. Any prices from Cory will be in Canadian dollars so if you are in the US the currency exchange would also work in your favour.

    I hope Cory can help you out. I’ve bought lots of parts from him and referred other friends and site members to him over the years. He’s a stand up guy.
    Last edited by NotDeadYet; 11-17-2020, 10:20 PM.


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    • #3
      Several on Ebay too.

      Our ability to distribute interesting information is out pacing our ability to create it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by NotDeadYet View Post
        Check with Cory at:
        Corys Motorcycle Sales and Salvage in Sarnia, Ontario.
        http://www.402bike.com
        phone: 519.337.2453
        or 519.402.bike
        Cory used to buy the new OEM ZZR body parts from Campagna when they used new ZZR’s to make the T-Rex. He had a few OEM front ZZR wheels still in inventory a while back and helped bctrout out when he needed a replacement.
        Just sent them an email. Thank you for the quick reply and I’m crossing my fingers!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by piken View Post
          Several on Ebay too.
          I checked on eBay and have a few saved as a backup but just wanted to see any other options that hopefully are a little better/more reliable. Not many options and the ones I did find were fairly damaged or the wrong color but I will keep my eye out regardless. Thank you!

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          • #6
            Hi ababylizard. I have a spare front rim from a scrap bike I purchased. Nothing wrong with it. It's yours if you want it. Black in color. One rotor is slightly warped but you could swap the rotors from your existing wheel. You just need to arrange for shipping. I am in Canada. PM me if you are interested.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Railrocker View Post
              Hi ababylizard. I have a spare front rim from a scrap bike I purchased. Nothing wrong with it. It's yours if you want it. Black in color. One rotor is slightly warped but you could swap the rotors from your existing wheel. You just need to arrange for shipping. I am in Canada. PM me if you are interested.
              Definitely interested. I tried sending a pm but I don’t know if I did it right lol

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              • #8
                How badly is it bent?
                I hit a pothole once on my ZRX, and dented the front and back wheels.
                I had both dents rolled out by a wheel specialist.
                Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BillDownUnder View Post
                  How badly is it bent?
                  I hit a pothole once on my ZRX, and dented the front and back wheels.
                  I had both dents rolled out by a wheel specialist.
                  I tried attaching a picture with my original post but had some trouble uploading it from my phone so I’m not sure if it worked. It was bent enough for the tire to go flat and I was worried that if I repaired it it might be unsafe. Especially with how I drive and the roads in my area. Have you had any issues with your repaired rims?

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                  • #10
                    We have a wheel refurbishing guy that works in my area around here. He stays busy as hell being a giant auto-auction is
                    in the town just over the interstate from me. He won't even touch a motorcycle wheel , according to him, for liability reasons.
                    He only does automotive type wheels. If I needed a wheel I would just have to search the ole fleabay I guess.
                    "If it ain't broke, don't fix it...
                    but sometimes it just needs a mod"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ababylizard View Post

                      Have you had any issues with your repaired rims?
                      Rear wheel - none
                      Front - it actually produced a small crack which deflated the tyre. It was welded up and has been good ever since (+10 years).

                      Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.

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                      • #12


                        Originally posted by ababylizard View Post

                        I tried attaching a picture with my original post but had some trouble uploading it from my phone so I’m not sure if it worked. It was bent enough for the tire to go flat and I was worried that if I repaired it it might be unsafe. Especially with how I drive and the roads in my area. Have you had any issues with your repaired rims?
                        That looks like new wheel time.
                        "You don't get slower with age, you just get more cautious." Michael Rutter

                        06 Ocean Blue ZZR1200, the coolest colour.
                        99 Yamaha R1

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                        • #13
                          Ahhh, that'll buff right out

                          I have neither the time,or the inclination, to explain myself to a man, who rises and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner, in which I provide it. I'd rather you just say 'thank you' and go on your way.

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                          • #14
                            Railrocker is hooking me up! Thanks for all the replies and help guys. Hopefully I’ll get her back on the road here shortly and get back to enjoying the ride!

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                            • #15
                              It’s good to see newer members helping one another out. That’s what the site is all about. If you see a ride being organized that you might like to participate in don’t hesitate to join in the fun. There’s lots of great peeps here. It’s always nice to meet up in person and get some face time with some of the members.


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