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    Front Wheel Woes

    Hi everyone,

    About 2-3 years ago I got my '14 NC for a killer deal with under 200 miles on the OD. It has been a delight to own and ride, and I've put around 6-7k miles on it since then. However, it has a quirk that I'd like to address if I can.

    The reason I got a good deal on the bike was due to the original owner wrecking it and messing up the forks (still had the dealer plate on it). A local guy bought it at an auction, put new forks on it, and BAM, it looked brand new. There was no way to tell that it was in an accident other than a couple of minor blemishes on the muffler and front fender. Anyway, the guy fixed the bike up for his son who didn't want it, so I was able to grab it for $3k.

    There is only a single mechanical hiccup that remains from the bike's wreck: the front rim has a very slight bend to it. This results in some wobble at certain speeds (not aggressive at all), and a slightly uneven wear pattern on the tire. Soon after I got the bike I took it to a Honda dealer and they checked it out. They said that the bend didn't pose much of a safety risk, but suggested that I replace the rim. At the time it was quoted at over $700, so I declined.

    Now, while poking around online, the only new rim I can find is still over $500. This might be a dumb question, but are there rims from other bikes that would match up with the NC's? I would love to have the front end roll smoothly like it was born to do. As you would expect, the used parts market for the NC is pretty thin since the bike hasn't been around for decades. Any thoughts would be great, thanks!

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    I have seen wheels here and there pop up on eBay but Iím pretty sure there arenít any other wheels that will fit on the bike but I could be wrong. If itís not urgent and it doesnít sound like it is, I would put a search alert on eBay.


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    You can probably have the wheel repaired for less than half the cost of a new one.

    Alloy Motorcycle Wheel Repair - Woody's Wheel Works - WoodysWheelWorks

    Any wheel you buy used is most likely for sale due to the fact the the motorcycle was in an accident so you would be back at square one.
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    Or MC Wheel Repair in Tuscon, which is who I used to repair a rather large dent in my front rim. Both seem to quote about the same initial price; both say to send them a pic first.

    mcwheel main page

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    For reference since I don't know if you have DCT, ABS, etc. nor if that changes the wheel any. So verify for your model but yes a couple thoughts.

    2014 HONDA NC700X A FRONT WHEEL
    2014 Honda NC700X A FRONT WHEEL | Ron Ayers

    WHEEL SUB-ASSY., FR. 44650-MJL-D31
    $448.82

    A Google search for the part number led me here:
    WHEEL SUB-ASSY., FR. (44650-MJL-D31) | MotoSport

    This part fits these bikes:

    HONDA CBR650FA
    Year: 2016
    Part: WHEEL SUB-ASSY., FR.
    Part Group: front wheel

    HONDA NC700X
    Year: 2014
    Part: WHEEL SUB-ASSY., FR.
    Part Group: front wheel

    Year: 2015
    Part: WHEEL SUB-ASSY., FR.
    Part Group: front wheel

    The original NC front wheel actually has a different part number so something has changed.

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    Wow, awesome responses, thank you very much! I especially appreciate the links and research you guys did to help me out, you guys are great.

    I'm definitely going to look down the rabbit hole that jspivy opened up regarding possible replacement rims (mine doesn't have DCT or ABS so I'll see how that affects things) and I'm also curious about the possibility of repairing the current rim as a couple of you brought up. When I went to the dealer they were firm in their explanation that the rim was "made of an alloy that cannot be repaired." Hmm.

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    Up to about 2011, the microfiche on dealer sites had a cross reference option. For example, I wanted an adjustable clutch lever for my 1995 ST1100 but none were available (or it was $150+, I don't recall which). So I looked up the master cylinder (hydraulic clutch), copied the part number, pasted in their search box, and had a list of bikes with the same master cylinder. Bought an adjustable lever set for a CBR which had the same brake master cylinder too. Life was good and it cost less than $30.

    That feature was removed so now we have to use Google and hope a third party doesn't lead us astray. It irritates me everytime I look for parts because aftermarket parts for certain style bikes seem to cost less so I'd like to buy those. Why pay more for the same part?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jspivy View Post
    Up to about 2011, the microfiche on dealer sites had a cross reference option. For example, I wanted an adjustable clutch lever for my 1995 ST1100 but none were available (or it was $150+, I don't recall which). So I looked up the master cylinder (hydraulic clutch), copied the part number, pasted in their search box, and had a list of bikes with the same master cylinder. Bought an adjustable lever set for a CBR which had the same brake master cylinder too. Life was good and it cost less than $30.

    That feature was removed so now we have to use Google and hope a third party doesn't lead us astray. It irritates me everytime I look for parts because aftermarket parts for certain style bikes seem to cost less so I'd like to buy those. Why pay more for the same part?

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    I thought the part look up feature was still around. I went to procaliber.com, Honda OEM parts, and put in the wheel part number from the post above. I clicked the "Where used" button and the following was returned:


    • NC700XA (14) NC700X, JPN, VIN# JH2RC630-EK000001 TO JH2RC630-EK099999
    • NC700XA (15) NC700X, JPN, VIN# JH2RC630-FK100001
    • NC700XAC (14) NC700X, JPN, VIN# JH2RC635-EK200001 TO JH2RC635-EK299999
    • NC700XAC (15) NC700X, JPN, VIN# JH2RC635-FK300001
    • NC700XDA (14) NC700XD, JPN, VIN# JH2RC634-EK000001 TO JH2RC634-EK099999
    • NC700XDA (15) NC700XD, JPN, VIN# JH2RC634-FK100001
    • NC700XDAC (14) NC700XD, JPN, VIN# JH2RC631-EK200001 TO JH2RC631-EK299999
    • NC700XDAC (15) NC700XD, JPN, VIN# JH2RC631-FK300001
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    Quote Originally Posted by jspivy View Post
    For reference since I don't know if you have DCT, ABS, etc. nor if that changes the wheel any. So verify for your model but yes a couple thoughts.

    2014 HONDA NC700X A FRONT WHEEL
    2014 Honda NC700X A FRONT WHEEL | Ron Ayers

    WHEEL SUB-ASSY., FR. 44650-MJL-D31
    $448.82

    A Google search for the part number led me here:
    WHEEL SUB-ASSY., FR. (44650-MJL-D31) | MotoSport

    This part fits these bikes:

    HONDA CBR650FA
    Year: 2016
    Part: WHEEL SUB-ASSY., FR.
    Part Group: front wheel

    HONDA NC700X
    Year: 2014
    Part: WHEEL SUB-ASSY., FR.
    Part Group: front wheel

    Year: 2015
    Part: WHEEL SUB-ASSY., FR.
    Part Group: front wheel

    The original NC front wheel actually has a different part number so something has changed.

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    Photos I see of a CBR650FA show two front brake disks, hence the NC wheel is not compatible with the CBR650FA. I would not trust Google for parts compatibility look up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 670cc View Post
    Photos I see of a CBR650FA show two front brake disks, hence the NC wheel is not compatible with the CBR650FA. I would not trust Google for parts compatibility look up.
    Sure enough, it's a different wheel (I just now looked up the bike on Ron Ayers). Keep in mind Google just indexes stuff that others put on their sites. In this case, MotoSport said it would fit both bikes so I guess they're not trust worthy. That's why I mentioned to verify stuff first.

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    Last edited by jspivy; 5th April 2019 at 14:09.

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