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bought a pro wheel spoke and rim kit...following the TT thread, im trying to lace my own wheels...the inside spokes went in fine, but now that im on the outside spokes, they are hard as hell to get in and now they extend past the rim and i cant get the nipple on....what the hell am i doing wrong? do u need to push and bend to get the outside spokes in?

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It seems counter intuitive but if you put the outside spokes on first the inners will go on without binding. Most rear wheels use different size spokes. My "05" RMZ450 uses all the same size on the rear. My "08" Kawasaki uses 09 spokes that are longer on the brake rotor side and the rest are the same size and my "07" RM250 has half of the spokes longer and the other half shorter. If you study your hub long enough it will become clear where the longer ones should go. The longer ones usually go in the holes closest to axle tube and the shorter spokes go in the hub holes closest to the rim. I've laced about 20 twenty different rims. Hope this helps!

I ride Nevada desert so bent rims and replacement is part of the standard operating costs.

Sorry some of these vids are long winded! I just turn the camera on and ride! I'm on my RM250 today and just had the suspension reworked for high speed desert. I was finally able to keep a leash on the 450F rider ahead! I'm not quite up to speed yet because I was on standby at work for almost three weeks. If I'm off my bikes for more than a couple of weeks I start to lose my edge. I'm not as young as used to be either!

I'll post some vids next time on my KX500AF! You won't see the 450F rider in those vids because my camera faces forward!

We saw a red flag on this run at 4:40 and thought someone was trying to slow us down for something? Nothing there.

http://contour.com/stories/north-of-apex-02-20nov2011

http://contour.com/stories/north-of-apex-03-20nov2011

At 1:20 Rob starts waving his hands around? I don't know! He's not religious so I don't think he's blessing the trail!

http://contour.com/stories/north-of-apex-04-20nov2011

http://contour.com/stories/north-of-apex-05-20nov2011

Something at 3.54 tells me to slow down! Couldn't see it until you were right on top of it! Glad I listened to the voices in my head!

http://contour.com/stories/north-of-apex-06-20nov2011

http://contour.com/stories/north-of-apex-07-20nov2011

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well, i ve been working on the front wheel, tried about 6 times....still wrong...started the rear wheel, done in 30 min and right the first time....what gives...why is the front so hard? i need to know where to start the first spoke! lol.........anyone have good pics of the front wheel to work off of?

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try putting all your spokes in your hub then set it on your bench . then cross all your spokes as if they wher conected to the rim then lay the rim around it and start putting them in it sounds weird but i laced my rims for the first time and it took me about 20 min each wheel. now truing it is a diferent story.

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i have no idea why the front was so hard, but i ended up getting it finally...thanks for the help.

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