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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by tommyglide View Post
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.

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 02:38 PM
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The dealer took care of my loose spokes on my rear wheel for $25
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 08:04 PM
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Chasarms you are right in a way but the idea of the torque is the final tighten after the rim has been trued radially and laterally, a tough gig for sure.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-07-2012, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by mrmetal View Post
The dealer took care of my loose spokes on my rear wheel for $25
Thats cheep at twice the price, and safer too...
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