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How do you get those f-in annoying spokes with 1/2" of free play tight?

I have spent the whole evening in the garage trying to get the seized nuts and bent spokes correctly tightened, but I can't get it right.

Had to finally give up, if I had kept wrenching that poor wheel would've been thrown through the window!

Please give a very frustrated young man a clue how to fix those spokes.

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Yeah, really frozen spokes I would just cut TF off. Replace with OEM and use anti-seize.

Yeah I'll probably order a couple of new ones if i can't fix it tomorrow.

Hope the wd-40 has done its work overnight.

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How do you get those f-in annoying spokes with 1/2" of free play tight?

 

You should never let them get that loose.

 

Hope the wd-40 has done its work overnight.

 

WD-40 isn't really a penetrating oil.  I'd try something else.  (Not sure what you might have in Sweden.)  Heat (from a propane torch) can help also.  As others have said, sometimes you just have to replace them.

 

Are they aluminum spoke nipples?  I hate aluminum nipples. :foul:   Because they're dissimilar metals, the nipples and spokes weld themselves together over time.  The aluminum ones are even easier to round off than the steel ones. 👎

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The spokes are probably out of thread to tighten and need replaced anyways.

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This might be obvious but if the nipples are seized, pull the tire and spray both sides of the nipples with PB- Blaster and let sit for a bit. IMO way better than WD40.

 

Then at least on my bike you can use an allen key on the inside of the nipple.

 

I went though this on my bike so took one nipple out at a time, cleaned and replace the nipple or spoke if need, then anti-seize to re-assemble.

 

Then there is the whole process of tightening and ensuring the rim is true

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This might be obvious but if the nipples are seized, pull the tire and spray both sides of the nipples with PB- Blaster and let sit for a bit. IMO way better than WD40.

 

Then at least on my bike you can use an allen key on the inside of the nipple.

 

I went though this on my bike so took one nipple out at a time, cleaned and replace the nipple or spoke if need, then anti-seize to re-assemble.

 

Then there is the whole process of tightening and ensuring the rim is true

 

Uh you said nipple, lol3838395330_Buttheads_answer_2_xlarge.jpg Yeup, youtube has the truing methods as filter says!

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Thanks for all the help guys!

I managed to tighten all spokes except for two ones where the rim was a bit dented. Had some cooling spray laying around that I sprayed on the nipples which really seemed to loosen up good, so try that if you have problems with your nipples. (lol)

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Ya kinda hard not to say nipples - see I said hard and nipples in the same sentence 🙂

 

My rear rim - and I said rear and rim in the same sentence, is a bit bend but I can tweek the spokes enough it straight enough that I don't need a new one yet

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This might be a stupid question, but do spokes stretch? I am just getting into this sport and bought a used xr650l. It seems like all the spokes all loose on both tires. It that something I need to be checking often?

I wrecked the other day and now I have a horrible wobbly front wheel. After checking it with a marker the rim is bent and the spokes have no more threads to tighten.

Any help would be great. Thanks

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Re-lace. New spokes, new nipples. Easy job but patience is key, search youtube for videos.

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