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Old 08-08-2013, 07:34 PM
bigbutterbean bigbutterbean is offline
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Location: Lebanon, PA
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Default Re: what did you do to your motor bike today?

Learned how to true a wheel finally. I have read bits and pieces about how to do it, but I didn't specifically look anything up today before attempting it, and I didn't watch any videos or anything. I just had an idea in my head of how to do it, and decided to give it a go. I grabbed the spare frame down in the garage (eventually I'll need some sort of wheel stand as the spare frame isnt mine) and used a pair of needle-nose vice grips as a feeler. I clamped the vice grips around the frame pointing toward the edge of the rim and spun it. I didn't have a tire on it, so it was easy to hear the rim scraping the tips of the needle nose. Wherever the rim scraped the needle nose, I would tighten a spoke or two on the opposite side, about a quarter turn at a time. I did this on both sides of the rim. Once the rim didn't scrape anymore, I'd tighten each spoke a quarter turn to get better tension, then go back to checking for trueness, repeating the process until the spokes were evenly tight and the rim didn't scrape the needle nose anymore. It's time consuming, but not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. The rim may not be PERFECTLY true, but its as close as I can get it, and I can't tell by eyesight. To clarify, I did bolt the wheel to the frame. I tried it without bolting the wheel down first, but the wheel would move slightly, making it impossible to accurately true the rim. Now that the rim is true and the spokes are evenly tensioned, I just need to get a sprocket adapter that will fit this hub in order to use this rim. Tomorrow I'll be truing the pos huffy rim thats on my bike now, so I can at least drive it until my new adapter gets here.
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