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Old 09-08-2009, 06:07 PM
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Default Heavy duty rims are a PITA!

After the 4th attempt at installing my rear sprocket on a new wheel with 12 gauge spokes I had to give up and walk away for a bit. Got the thing almost perfect on the 1st try on the original rim but this one's gonna drive me insane.

I start out with the hole in the sprocket centered over the hub but every time I start to tighten it seems to walk off center no matter how careful I am. With the thinner spokes I could start tightening with the sprocket already over the shoulder of the hub but with these thicker spokes I have about 1/16" gap.

Tempted to take a belt sander and thin the outside rubber or possibly lube them up a bit so I'm able to move it some before I fully tighten down the bolts.

Any ideas?

Last edited by Kevlarr; 09-08-2009 at 06:09 PM.
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