Newport Smooth: Styled Wheels Upgrade

Custom Wheel Install

custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. Like a good pack of Newports, these classy clean black and chrome modular Styled wheels look smooth as smoke in just the right size of 18 inches. The matching rotors are also a nice touch.

Words and Photos: John Zamora

custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. Stock is just a starting point. Here’s our Ultra Classic wearing factory shoes.

Words and Photos: John Zamora

custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. Before going out with old, the good guys at Wheel Works like to get the new rubber ready for riding. We start by carefully mounting the front and rear tires on a tire machine. Extra care is taken not to scratch the wheels before they even go on.

Words and Photos: John Zamora

custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. Next it’s time to hit the tire balancer. This takes all the guesswork of where the wheel is slightly out of balance.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. After a quick cleaning, a few wheel weights are adhered onto the wheel, giving it that silky-smooth rotation at speed.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. In order to begin the swap, the bike is raised on a floor lift. This particular model at Wheel Works swivels 360 degrees, making it ideal for getting at hard-to-reach places.

Words and Photos: John Zamora

custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. Next the bags are removed. After attending a few rallies and hearing all the stolen bag stories, our bike owner John bolted his on to at least slow down wannabe thieves.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. After removing one caliper, loosening the pinch bolts and removing the axle the wheel is almost ready for removal. One caliper is left installed on one side to assist in installing the new wheels.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. Cinderella has lost her ugly shoe and is waiting for her glass slippers.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. The front wheel was then carefully replaced with the new wheel. After tightening down the axle and pinch bolts, the caliper is reinstalled back into place.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. In the back end of the bike, first the rear caliper is removed and carefully set aside.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. Next the rear axle is removed. Don’t worry; this wheel is sitting on a wheel jack to prevent it from falling.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. Next the cush drive and pulley were carefully removed and set aside.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. The stock rotor was removed in order to be reused on the new Styled wheels.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. Before bolting the rotor to the new wheel, red Loctite was added to all the bolts.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. This bike had aftermarket exhaust that needed to be removed on one side to aid in putting the new rear wheel in without scratching it.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. The wheel was then raised into place and the belt replaced. The axle was then greased and slid back into place making sure to go through all the spacers.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. After replacing the rear rotor, all the axle and all the bolts were tightened to factory specs.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. Finally the bags were replaced and any fingerprints and lube cleaned off. It’s important to ride with caution for about 100 miles while the tires get scrubbed.

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custom wheel install

Newport Smooth

  1. A wheel swap can easily be done at home with the exception of maybe the mounting and balancing. Wheel Works just makes it so fast and easy that it’s easier left to them in this case. The wheels not only look great, but they are ready to hit the open road with some decent rubber on them.

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Big wheels on bikes look great in the parking lot. On certain bikes they even look great going down the road. But what happens when you actually ride your bike all over the country in far-off deserted places and get a flat? Do you think most small town shops within a tow truck’s range will carry those big fancy tires you’re running on your bike? Chances are probably not.

But just because you don’t want to run some ridiculous-size rubber doesn’t mean you should be left completely out of the custom-wheel game. That’s the exact scenario that our project 2012 Ultra Classic owner John DiMassa faced. He wanted a great-looking wheel but the comfort of knowing that should the worst happen replacement tires could be located without much difficulty.

Styled Wheels out of Orange Country, California, has been hitting the streets hard since day one. Its innovative designs and mix-and-match of chrome and black finishes offer some nice alternative wheel styles that aren’t typically seen on every other bike in the parking lot. Most of its wheels are offered in 16-inch diameters on up to the monstrous dirty 30 with a variety of chrome and black alternatives. In addition to its wheel line, a full line of fork cans, fenders, axle covers, latch covers and matching rotors and pulleys are available. We chose the Newport black and chrome modular wheels in an easy-to-find tire size of 18 inches for John’s bike. Not too big, not too small, but just right.

Installing the wheels yourself is always an option, but Wheel Works in Garden Grove, California, just makes it too easy! Wheel Works knows how to mount wheels quickly, cleanly, and, above all, fast! If it hadn’t been for this editor slowing down the process, our bike owner would have been in and out in less than 30 minutes. Now that’s service. With that in mind, here’s a quick rundown of how it goes down.

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Styled Wheels

Wheel Works