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rear wheel spoke -- anyone have an extra?

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I just got my first dirt bike (been street riding a long time, but new to dirt) which is a 03 KLX400 (same as DRZ400E not S). Got it from a dealer, and is supposed to be very low hours 1 owner. Just noticed after I got it home a spoke is missing off the rear wheel. I thought, no big deal, I'll just get another one, they can't cost too much. I stopped at a dealership and was very unpleasantly surprised to hear they only sell them as a whole kit for like $80. I don't know cause I'm new to dirt, but I would think this would be a common problem -- just missing 1 or 2 spokes -- what do most people do? Someone suggested I try posting on here to see if anyone has a spare. Does anyone have an extra spoke or 2 they would sell me? Or does anyone know of an aftermarket supplier that will sell them individually?

If I can't find one and have to buy a whole kit, does anyone want to buy some spokes from me?

Also, I have heard that it helps keep your spokes tight and prevent loosing them if you put zip ties around them -- cool, but how do you do that? I mean, where exactly do you put the zip ties on? Could anyone send me a picture or give me a link to a picture of a wheel with zip tied spokes?

Thanks!

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Suzuki sells spokes as a kit. Generally Kawasaki sells spokes individually. If not for the Kawa clone, then try another Kawasaki that takes the same spoke. KDX 200/220, KX's, probably lots others. Just compare the length. After-market spoke kits will be cheaper than OEM kits if you have to buy a kit.

Keep spokes tight is good. The zip ties go where the spokes cross but don't do much except stop an already broken spoke from flopping around.

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Thanks Noble. I'll try to find out if the KDX spokes will work or not.

Moredesert, if you do have any spares, let me know what you would want for a couple of them. Thanks!

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