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help with rim job

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I've got a '75 Honda 400F. 18" 36 hole, WM2 front and WM3 rear. I want alloy rims...specifically these alloy rims. They come in the right sizes for my bike but are not made specifically for my hubs.

Never having laced a wheel before, how much of a factor is the angle of the nipples in the rim? These are 18" 36 hole rims, but they're made for the rear wheel of small Honda and KTM dirtbikes. Can the spoke patterns be so far off that they won't work?

I know I could write a check to Buchanans and have some rims custom drilled, but thought I'd check these out first.
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Bear in mind Excel uses a larger than standard nipple on their rims. You will have to buy a set of Excel spokes or nipples to get the job done. Usually if the spoke angle is wrong for a rim you like, they can be redrilled and larger nipples used to make up for it. You lose this option with the Excel rims.

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