Wheel options

Discussion in 'Wheels' started by Spencer Johnson, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. Spencer Johnson

    Spencer Johnson New Member

    I have a 2004 softail standard and I need to buy a new back wheel my stock wheel is a 16x3 40 spoke wheel. I've been looking online to purchase one and I've been seeing things said about dual flange or single flange wheels. I'm not sure what they mean by that if anyone here could help me I'd really appreciate it thanks.

    NCBILL Active Member

    I'm not 100% sure either, of the meaning behind that description, but I'm sure the good folks here will respond shorty with your answer. As for myself, I prefer mag wheels, for the simple fact that I can much easier repair a flat tire out on the road with a plug kit and foot-pump I can carry in my saddlebag.
  3. Spencer Johnson

    Spencer Johnson New Member

    I like spoke wheels, but I have thought about going that route with the back wheel for the reason u mentioned above.
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  4. Softail steve

    Softail steve New Member

    I like the look of spokes as well.
    Aftermarket from the parts department is about $360.
    Hope to get mine back by Thursday.
    Good luck.
    Loose spokes distroyed my wheel in less than 15,000 miles!

    A single flange style wheel is a mag wheel with the mag spokes radiating out from the center of the hub to the rim. A two flange hub is found on a wire spoke " laced" wheel.
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  5. dolt

    dolt Senior Member

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    Assuming the rear wheel is OEM, it is mounted to a dual flange hub. The hub flanges are the mounting locations for the brake disc and the drive pulley. There is no difference in repairing a flat between a spoked and mag type wheel unless the spoked wheel requires running a tubed tire; some do and some don't. One of my bikes is a BMW R9T and, for some unknown and unexplainable reason, this new addition in 2014 comes with spoked rims that require a tubed tire.o_O Well, unless you have ever had to repair a flat tubed tire in the Texas hill country in July, you can't imagine what a pain in the neck that little job is. However, there are work arounds to avoid that situation. One is to replace the spoked wheels with mag type wheels that run tubeless tires; pretty price work around though.:( Another is much cheaper and a bit more labor intensive. Remove the spoked wheels, seal the wheels and re-install the tires. Did that on both the front and rear wheels on the R9T and should I have a flat, I can easily make the repair with the StopnGo patch kit and mini compressor.;) If the bike sits in the garage for a couple of weeks, I do have to check pressure and add some air but I have to do that with the tubeless tires on my Harleys as well. Check the link on how to seal spoked wheels should that be necessary. All spoked rims do not require tubes.


    Depending on why you need to replace the wheel, you may just need to purchase a new hub, maybe a few spokes and just re-lace your wheel to the new hub.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2017
  6. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Experienced Member

    Rear wheels are dual flange, meaning brake caliper bolted to one side, pulley to the other. Single flange are (as far as I know) front wheel only. Some Harleys have single front brake, some have dual, so need 2 flanges. What you need to be aware of is hub width, for tire sizing and swing arm fit.
  7. flusher

    flusher Junior Member