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Old 12-26-2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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Wheel Truing?

I'm looking to get some 12 inch wheels I've got laced up trued. Suggestions?
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Old 12-26-2014, 03:25 PM   #3
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Thanks, I actually did it myself but I'm not really sure it's good enough and didn't want to buy a dial indicator for something I'd use just once.

Was there any "hop" in the wheel once you were done? There's still a noticeable, to me, hop and little if any lateral movement. I read that there should be less than 2mm of movement but I'm guessing if I can see it travel then it must be more than is acceptable..
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With some kind of pointer you should be able to see about 0.020" runout if you're squinting at it. Are you doing the OD runout first then the side-to-side?

I've used a dial indicator and just about went crazy trying to get it perfect. I finally had about 0.020" on a 17" street bike wheels and never had issues at well over TMGP speeds.
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Thanks Steve, I'm adjusting side to side THEN the OD. I've heard I won't be able to get it perfect, but wanted to make sure I was too far off. Some video if this helps any:

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I see the hop you're talking about but really don't know if that's something you'll feel once you mount tires. It looks really good side to side though.

If you can bend up a coat hanger or something to work as a pointer you can mark the high spot and start rounding out the OD. I'm sure you've read up on loosening first, etc. It just takes a while making small moves once you've gotten this close.
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Cool, I was thinking maybe that they needed to be closer to perfectly round, but sounds like I may be close enough. I'll try to mount the tires a see how they work, appreciate the help.
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Here is my secret.

First loosely lace the spokes to the wheel.

Leaving the same amount of thread showing on each nipple.

I then take something about 1/2 that depth, like a match, or a swizzle stick.
Turn the nipples to that depth (to where the match covers all the threads).

I then take something even more shallow and turn the nipples in that much more.
Like a tooth pick or something,

Once the spokes are snug, I start rolling the wheel to find wobbles and low spots.

Tighten them to remove as much as you can.

I personally think the hops you have on the above video is way to much.

My truing tools are:

First step, a small flat blade screw driver
Second step is a toothpick(which is about half the size of the screwdriver)
Third step is a small gauge wire (which is about 1/2 the depth of the toothpick)
By then it is pretty snug and the fine tuning begins.

I use sockets under the wheel, and rig up anything for the sideways adjustments.
Since I may true wheel every 3-4 years (since going to Yammy and NOT KTM ), a coat hanger will be my next wobble tool
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Thanks guys, though I have already mounted my tires. I went out to Katy a couple days ago to sww how things felt but didn't get to ride cause I was having some issues with my carb and throttle cable.
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Greg Draper in Cypress, just re did a rear 19" wheel for me with new spokes.
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