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    Smile My Rolling Daryll Rim Drilling Project

    Hopefully this will be helpful for those of you that wish to do it.

    It wasn't that bad as long as you have some time and the right tools.
    I used a impact drill, 1 3/8" metal core bit, 1/2" metal drill bit, sanding bit, template, hammer, punch, and marker.

    I would just say to take your time when doing this. Measure it out and make a template. It will be much easier.

    Step 1- Strip down the rim

    Step 2- Take template and place mark for your holes. **Remember not to drill a hole across from the valve stem where the weld is.

    Step 3- Punch holes with hammer. This will allow a good center for the drill to start

    Step 4- Pre-drill a bit of the hole but just start removing some metal. Don't go through and don't use a bit larger then the drill bit on the core bit.

    Step 5- Once everything is pre-drilled start knocking out your holes with the core bit. Also, I then went back and hit the small holes with the 1/2" bit. **Be careful when it's about to punch through so you don't hit the spokes

    Step 6- Use the sanding bit or file to smooth out the edges and remove and metal burrs.

    Step 7- Replace the rim strip- I only had one red at this time and install the tube and tire and pump up.

    Step 8- Enjoy the new look of your sweet rims!

    That just about covers it. This really isn't a bad project once you get going. I would recommend getting a strong drill with a cord. I used my 18v cordless and it was taking a while. I went and rented a nice big drill and they were popping out like butter.
    Probably saved a good couple of pounds of rolling weight which is awesome!
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    I use one of these to deburr the holes takes just a couple of minutes to do a rim and costs about $6.00 at Menards. Also I drilled 1.5" and it took an undrilled RD down to about 760 grams (about 280 grams per rim).
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    Nicely done! You just need to get a black Sharpie to touch up the edges of the holes to match the rest of the rim (jk!)

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    Not a bad idea. I was thinking about doing something with those!
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    not enough holes... drill the valve hole with your larger bit and the put the valve hole by the WELDED seam
    your 29er may float over roots and rocks, but my superlight 26 just plain floats

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    Quote Originally Posted by lamard View Post
    not enough holes... drill the valve hole with your larger bit and the put the valve hole by the WELDED seam
    Hey that's a swell idea!!! Why didn't I think of that
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    Nice work OP!

    I might have to do this with a set and then get them powder coated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crit Rat View Post
    Nice work OP!

    I might have to do this with a set and then get them powder coated.
    That's a great idea. I'd love to see some different rim color options. My guess is it'll only be a matter of time as the popularity increases.
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    looks good, great idee to reduse some grams

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mapkos13 View Post
    That's a great idea. I'd love to see some different rim color options. My guess is it'll only be a matter of time as the popularity increases.
    Great write up and better looking ride! I've got the same bike shipping to me this week Speaking of rim colors, I think the white RD's would look awesome on the black 907. I thought about trying to track down a set of them, but I couldn't wait any longer...I want to ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mapkos13 View Post
    That's a great idea. I'd love to see some different rim color options. My guess is it'll only be a matter of time as the popularity increases.
    They do/did red, green, and white RD's
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    And...

    Don't forget flipflops on your wardrobe list. Sharp metal shaving between your toes is a joy not to be missed.

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    Nice. I looks great. Have you been able to ride it? and does it feel different?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailMaker View Post
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    Don't forget flipflops on your wardrobe list. Sharp metal shaving between your toes is a joy not to be missed.
    Hahaha- got the hot metal I between the toes. It was great!

    Haven't been out to ride yet but will tomorrow so I'll post after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by couchman View Post
    Nice. I looks great. Have you been able to ride it? and does it feel different?
    He lost about + or - 200 grams per wheel the weight will be the only thing that might be noticeable.
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    I just drilled out my front rim on the weekend, I drilled 1.5" holes all around and took the pieces to work and weighed them here you go...
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    And I love beer!!

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    I drilled mine with 1.5 inch holes yesterday. Front wheel went from 1546 to 1268 (278 grams) rear went from 2220 to 1944 (276 grams).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    Hey that's a swell idea!!! Why didn't I think of that
    sarcasm?
    your 29er may float over roots and rocks, but my superlight 26 just plain floats

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    Quote Originally Posted by lamard View Post
    sarcasm?
    No very good idea I wish I would've done that. There has been a ton of rims drilled on here including a bunch by me and I have never seen it done.
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    If I didnt read this post first, I wouldnt have thought of drilling the valve hole on the weld either. Im glad I read this post before drilling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angryx View Post
    If I didnt read this post first, I wouldnt have thought of drilling the valve hole on the weld either. Im glad I read this post before drilling.
    I debated it when drilling mine on monday but I figured their is a reason every rim manufacturer leaves them that way. If you're drilling 1.5 inch holes it's just over 9 grams.

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    Can we get this stickied?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mapkos13 View Post
    That's a great idea. I'd love to see some different rim color options. My guess is it'll only be a matter of time as the popularity increases.
    exactly!! my marge lites will be orange when done however sourcing the OEM stickers may be a chore.....bueller??

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    I completed the drilling of my Large Marge.

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