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Wheel size

How do I find out my rear wheel is 5 or 5.5 inch?Thanks
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Make close up photos of the actual rim- there is minor differences in its profile.
I know it's rather hard to measure up with tyre on... did try myself
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It is embossed on the spoke of the wheel. I can tell a big difference between the two just by looking.

Take photos and i can tell you.
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Wouldn't tire size tell him?

180=5.5"

170= 5"

When I was figuring out what I had that was the easiest way. The ruler was the first reach but I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be measuring between.
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Wouldn't tire size tell him?

180=5.5"

170= 5"

When I was figuring out what I had that was the easiest way. The ruler was the first reach but I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be measuring between.
Not necessarily true...some people (who shall remain nameless) have put 180 rubber on a 5 inch wide rim because it "improves" the handling. At least that's the premise of the Orange County Choppers crew. LOL

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paul- your bike is a '99, right? those pretty much all came with 5" wheels. look at your tire size- i suspect its wearing a 170/60-17. The 5.5" uses a 180/55-17 as stock.
yes, no, maybe so?
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I was stuck with a bald tyre and could only get a 180 so had it fitted. Couldnt tell the difference, 5 mm per side isnt a lot. Was just a bit harder getting right round to the edge.

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Yes,my bike is 1999 but the tire is 180 55 17 and also it doesn't look funny with the rim if the previous owner try to put 180 tire on 5 inch rim,myself it doesn't matter just want to know if someone asked.
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the rim size is stamped on the spoke near the hub between the rotor and spoke
MH 5.0 X 17
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MH 5.5 X 17
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Thanks for all the answers,I did check my wheel and it was 5.5 inch.
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