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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    Assuming the wall thickness is the same (can't see any reason why it wouldn't be but if they have been blasted down in the past that would have reduced the dia slightly) then I would be tempted to fill the gouge with JB weld or one of the 'plastic metals' (epoxies) that are available, rub down and repaint. You need to get that area covered, since it gathers all the road crud.

    Yes I know stuff is expensive in Norway. From previous experience with another forum member in Norway there isn't an easy way to 'smuggle' bits in from the UK ........ or is there?
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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    Thanks! No, they've never been blasted, they were original when my paint guy rubbed them with sandpaper and painted them after the full overhaul. And no, there isn't a good way to smuggle, only if you travel yourself. But I will measure the worst spot in the middle tonight, I'm borrowing a gage.

    But seriously, is this something that could lead to a catastrophic failure like "oh, i just went of the road because my fork suddenly broke", or is it something that can crack over time, without a sudden breakage?

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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    Probably not bad enough for any problems, it's only a small area, I'd think the biggest risk would be it going porous before anything else and I'd guess that's very unlikely. I've sanded down forks with far worse road rash on the outside and never had any problems. I wouldn't try filling it, just smooth it out and get some touch up off your painter. If it makes you happier, keep an eye on it and see if it does start to show signs of leaking, easier if not filled. Biggest issue will probably be your brain knowing it's there and wondering if it's ok, if that's the case, change it.
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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    Thanks! Actually my brain kan block out a lot of stuff for about 300 quid! I may just paint it with Hammerite direct to galvanized paint since it's clean now.

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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mastiff View Post
    Oh, I was hoping I could never worry about it... For one thing replacements are expensive in Norway, for another, I just had it overhauled and painted last thing before the winter.
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    road has 1100 curves in 95 miles.

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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    Agree it's probably not enough to cause a catastrophic failure. Your biggest issue may come if you have a vehicle inspection program. I'd do as Kirs mentions just smooth it out. That will prevent it trying to stress crack then get it covered as Duck mentions to prevent corrosion. Then ride it. I can identify with your countries import system. Sent a cruise kit there and it cost the gent another 100.00 to get it to him. Ouch!
    Route 191 formerly Route 666 Some say that this section of the
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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    Well, I measured, and at the worst part it seems to be around 2 mm in, most of it is less, though. This is at a spot that already has an indentation. So I think I'll just take the chance on Hammerite on the exposed metal and go on my merry way...as soon as the tire is turned around tomorrow, which was the reason for all this mess!

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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mastiff View Post
    Well, I measured, and at the worst part it seems to be around 2 mm in, most of it is less, though.
    Should be fine then. Use fine paper to get rid of any sharp edges for exactly the reason mentioned by beestoys
    That will prevent it trying to stress crack
    this is the normal failure mode for aluminium alloys. Paint and ride
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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    Thanks! It's actually very nicely filed... There are no real sharp edges except that it's straight at the lower end. And I got the calipers today and measured again, it turns out that it's actually less than 1,5 mm, so I think I'm very safe! I hate getting scared like that, though... Oh, and the wheel is at the shop now, back this afternoon. In the meantime I'm using Hammerite direct to Galvanized on the fork, which dries in four hours, and THEN I'm going to take my first real trip!
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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    Yikes....... how's the brake rotor's?

    Check for any run-out before fitting calipers...... just to ease your mind.

    I've never heard of anyone fitting a BB wheel in backwards, but I have seen a pro tyre fitter fit a hoop on the wrong way...

    Maybe make those arrow markers more visible for future tyre fitting?...... paint or indelible marker pen

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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    The rotor isn't damaged, the rings that keep the inner and outer part (floating discs) were working against the alu in the fork, so it's pretty much like a bit of sanding on those. The bike was used for around 150 km yesterday, and all seemed well.

    And if the shop had actually looked at the wheels, they would have seen that the pattern of the spokes only fitted one way. Anyway I will probably (yeah, that was irony!) remember to tell them about that next time I change my tires

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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    Ya know...I had a similiar issue a few years back when I lost a PR4 on a long trip and the moron that fitted my front tire didn't check the rotation before mounting...but me being the moron as well didn't notice for 12,000 miles when I replaced that front tire the next season. I mean the tire direction was correct, but the wheel was on backwards. No worries...you'll be fine!
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    My dog always pee’s on my wheels before a trip...why is that?

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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by funwithbono View Post
    Ya know...I had a similiar issue a few years back when I lost a PR4 on a long trip and the moron that fitted my front tire didn't check the rotation before mounting...but me being the moron as well didn't notice for 12,000 miles when I replaced that front tire the next season. I mean the tire direction was correct, but the wheel was on backwards. No worries...you'll be fine!
    As Mastiff found out, the killer problem is the wheel spacers, not the wheel. Just thought it best to clarify this.
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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    If going fast enough if a failure occurs, then the wifey issue will be the least of your concerns.............

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    Re: My front wheel is backwards - is that a real problem?

    JohnnyQuick, a catastrophic failure in this case is between highly unlikely and impossible, after having checked the fork at a shop. The worst case scenario would be fork oil sweating out on the thinnest spot, but there was no chance for that either, it wasn't thin enough. So the wife is still more dangerous than the fork.
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