Originally Posted by tommyglide
HD service bulletin calls for 55 inch pounds with a spoke nipple torque wrench,,but who the heck ever has one of those?
However the wind chime method seems to work well, eh?
If you torque every spoke to the same inch pounds, you are almost certainly going to pull the wheel out of true. That may be a base line, but there has to be some give and take to keep the wheel true.
I don't claim to be a capable spoke wheel expert, but every time I mess with the spokes, I do align a screw driver the edge of the rim and clamp it to the fork/frame with a quick clamp. By spinning the wheel, I can watch the edge of the rim and see how much variance there is in the "roundness" of the rim. I also look at it the other way to see how much "wobble" there is in it. If it is more than a mm or two, I would have the wheels trued by a pro the next time they are off the bike.
In my case, there is more "side to side" on my rims than there is out of round.