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They do but I don't understand where you are coming from.

You want to know if the 748 & 916 wheels fit a 998. Yes.

You like the wheels in the image and have a 916 and would like the stock wheels? Those are 916 & 748 wheels and 996 (1999 only) three spoke stock wheels that came with your bike and will fit your bike.

You do not like the 996/998 wheels.

Based on your post, I am trying to figure out why you are asking anything about a the 3-spoke wheels on a 998. If you meant to type 998 in your last sentence, well then a understand.
 

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Absolutely do!

I figured as much. Thanks!


They do but I don't understand where you are coming from.

You want to know if the 748 & 916 wheels fit a 998. Yes.

You like the wheels in the image and have a 916 and would like the stock wheels? Those are 916 & 748 wheels and 996 (1999 only) three spoke stock wheels that came with your bike and will fit your bike.

You do not like the 996/998 wheels.

Based on your post, I am trying to figure out why you are asking anything about a the 3-spoke wheels on a 998. If you meant to type 998 in your last sentence, well then a understand.

I don't like the wheels on my 998. I like the gold wheels on my 916 (keeping those that way). But I also like the silver powder coat on the 916 I attached.

I would like to powder coat a set of 3 spoke wheels silver and put them on my 998.
 

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Now it makes perfect sense.

The silver wheels came on the stock 748 from 1999 on to 2002 and where on the 996 in 1999. Just pick up some of those. No need to powder coat.
 

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Yeah, it's a direct swap and the late 748 models had the charcoal colored 3-spokes. Definitely darker than the ones pictured, but will match your 998's frame. You never hear about people switching from 5 to 3 spokes. The 3 spokes are significantly heavier, but if you prefer the look that much, go for it. The other option might be to get some 3 spoke Dymags so you could actually go lighter.
 

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My 3 spoke rims are from a 2001 so they are the darker silver ones
 

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748 - 998 all use the same axle and wheel set up.
 

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Do you have to change the axle sizing? I had to do it for my 1198 for a different set of forks.
No. 748 through 998 are identical in this department. Some of the older Monsters too. Direct swap. I went from the 1995 era 3 spokes that were on my 916 to a set of 5 spokes off a 998. I bolted on my rotors, mounted a set of tires and installed.

It has already been said, but OP should understand that the newer 5 spokes feel a lot lighter on the bike compared to the 3 spokes. It will be a performance downgrade, but if you're after the look (which is nice BTW) and just tool around as you said, no problem. You should be able to get a set reasonably inexpensive, especially if you look in the classifieds here. Maybe post a WTB add.
 
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