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I know Jay Petervary drilled his from a couple of years ago. I don't recall if they were the dh or xc version.

I say you go for!
 

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All types of LM rims can be drilled. I ended up doing both types, xc and dh, off-set and center drilled.

The dh's are actually easier due to solid material on both walls, drill through both walls. The cut outs on the inner wall of the xc's sort of adds an extra step and gets a little funky when drilling but you basically join two of the inside holes and turn it into one using a dremel and then drill your face hole.

1) mark each individual hole with a pair of scribes, center between each spoke. Then depending if it is center or off-set, the center drill gives you room to do a hole on each side if you'd like, which I did, and off-set will have you cheating to one side, which I also did.

2) pre-drill with small bit, pilot hole.

3) use a hole saw to drill the choosen size hole, it will change depending on your scenerio. on a pre-built wheel you need to drill from the tape side. i have used 11/4",1", and 7/8" holes in the different situations.

4) clean up your rough edges, burr's with a dremel and sand paper.

5) wrap with your choice rim tape, packing tape, and decorate if you wish with colored tape first. Also, with double wall rims you should put a piece of tape on the outside, cause there will be space for snow and debris to get into.

Go for it!
 

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cytoe said:
Thanks for the info! A little worried about the tape on the outside though...seems it would not last.
no worries. the clear duct tape as it claims is stronger, more weather and water resistant then regular duct tape and it looks cool too. it's been through 3 winters without a single one peeling.

i actually took a partially used roll and cut a chunk of it larger then the hole diameters and then peeled each one off like a series of round stickers and covered the exterior holes that way. i did this in my motel room at like midnight my first year in AK and continued to do so with my other drillings.
 

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cut out the inner wall w/a table saw. be sure to leave enough so you can still seat the bead. i had chain reaction cut the sidewalls out and i drilled holes myself. shaved 1.5lbs per wheel including switching to 2.75 tubes. it's easyu enough to cut the walls out yourself, i was just being lazy.

i'll post pics this weekend.
 

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rim drilling photos

constantijn13 said:
any pictures yet?
gotten a little lazy, been doing less working and more riding. i need to drill out another rim...possibly tonight and i'll post some pice for you.
 
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