HELP: R1250 wheels scratched - how easy to remove/reinstall spokes to powder coat? - BMW R1200GS Forum : R1200 GS Forums
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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-Nov-2019, 07:10 AM (507) Thread Starter
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HELP: R1250 wheels scratched - how easy to remove/reinstall spokes to powder coat?

So... after a flat on my front Bridgestone Battlax A41 rendered it useless, I decided to spring for new Pirelli Scorpion Rally STRs (hated the A41s anyway). Took off the wheels and off I went to the same guy who's always done my tire changes (including many changes on my RR's forged wheels for countless changes from slicks to street without incident).

I warned him about the TPMS. Many times. End result: Badly scratched rear (see pics) and TPMS blown to pieces (pic attached for those interested in seeing the guts). Dang.

Took the rims to the local dealer. Ordered a new TPMS, which the tire changer guy will pay for. Took the wheels to a recommended painter for touch-up. No go, he said. Since these are powder-coated wheels, he said, he would need to re-do the entire rim. Which would mean REMOVING all the spokes and later re-attaching them.

At that point, I took the wheels back. No-one here in Puerto Rico has any experience re-spoking the BMW wheels, and I feel nervous that they might screw this up.

SO... Getting to the question to all you experts out there:

Is this an easy job anyone could do, and I'm just being overly nervous?

Bonus round: are these wheels really powder-coated, or is this just BS from the repair guy? Any other way to touch them up?

Would rather live with those hideous scratches than set up an opportunity for some hack to really mess up my wheels when re-spoking them.

Thanks in advance for any useful advice!
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Just touch it up with some gold leaf paint. The match is pretty good. They make Gold, Brass and Copper. Maybe get all three and custom mix them to get a closer match.

https://www.amazon.com/Liquid-Leaf-L...20196816&psc=1
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Just touch it up with some gold leaf paint. The match is pretty good. They make Gold, Brass and Copper. Maybe get all three and custom mix them to get a closer match.

https://www.amazon.com/Liquid-Leaf-L...20196816&psc=1
Ordered. Thank you! At least that will help me "unsee" the damage a bit.

Still pending are comments on the re-spoking degree of risk/difficulty. Really curious about that.
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Exactly that, they will get more scratches as you go along so at least you will have some paint.
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Still pending are comments on the re-spoking degree of risk/difficulty. Really curious about that.
That's something a professional needs to do. https://woodyswheelworks.com/
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-Nov-2019, 04:50 AM (452) Thread Starter
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Thank you

Thank you all for the comments and good advice.
Have decided to leave them as is with some little home made touch up and have saved Woodys for when they really get hurt.
BTW the Pirelli Rally STRs are great on pavement twisty roads. Pending dirt evaluation.
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Respoking a BMW GS wheel is a major process that the average wheel guy wouldn't know what to do.
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That's a major bummer on a new bike. It looks like you not only received slipshod service from your tire changer, but likely bad advice from the paint shop as well.

Powder coated wheels (or powder coated anything) can be touched up with paint - lots of online articles and YouTube videos on how to do so properly.

However, the damage depicted in your photos, looks much more common with paint than powder coat - which tends to chip distinctly and completely.

I have the same wheels on my R1250GS HP and would be surprised (and pissed) to discover that they're powder coated.

As I'm sure you and everyone reading this knows, a big advantage of spoked wheels is that they can flex instead of bend. So while powder coating may be okay for rigid alloy wheels, it would not be a good choice for aluminum rims. There's also the risk of the powder coating curing process changing the molecular structure of the alloy rim which could lead to a catastrophic failure...

If your tire changer wants to step up his game, for $15.00 these are pretty cheap insurance and work great: www.motionpro.com/product/08-0546

Glad to hear the new shoes are at least an improvement.
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If your tire changer wants to step up his game, for $15.00 these are pretty cheap insurance and work great: www.motionpro.com/product/08-0546
Those are great. Won't be showing them to my ex-tire changer, but will definitely show them to the BMW dealer, as they just invested in tire changing and balancing equipment.

Thank you!
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