So, I bought a 2004 kx250 with a black tusk rear rim and a spray painted stock front rim. I bought a front rim to match the back (black, Tusk, 21” for 2004 kx250 - works with OEM hub) and a tusk spoke kit (for a 2006 kx250). I asked Tusk (RMATV) why they didn’t have any for the 2004 and they said “it’s probably because we haven’t tested it on the 2004.” I did some research and found that bulldog, Buchanan, etc all list the 21” front wheel spokes for all KX bikes identical from ‘89-present. Therefore, I bought the 2006 kit. I compared the spokes to my stock spokes and they were about 1/8” shorter, not a huge deal because the nipples were a little taller. We laced the wheel and noticed there was still about a quarter inch of thread showing on the spoke, although the spoke was about 1/4” into the threaded part of the nipple. This concerned me, so I called Buchanan and asked them for their specs on the spokes they sell for my bike (also confirmed all spokes for KX’s are the same). They told me they were 9” long total and 8.5” long from the start of the bend, and although the stock spokes were two ever so slightly different lengths (inner and outer), their spokes were the same length. They also informed me that their spokes would work with the tusk rim. Those dimensions were identical to the Tusk spokes I received. So now I’m thinking great, I have spokes that fit my bike, confirmed the dimensions with a reputable spoke manufacturer, and I have a rim that works with the oem hub. Well, today I trued the wheel and the spokes still have threads exposed. Is this safe? I’m not sure why this is happening. Will the spokes “stretch?” Will I be able to tighten a significant amount after I ride? pic attached.