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Hi, I recently bought me an old YZ and the back wheel is in need of a respoke. I plan to do it myself as I don't entirely trust mechanics to put the time and effort into to get it done right.

I don't have any specialised gear for the job and considered making a stand for the wheel, but have come up with another idea. I have access to a machine shop and plan to use a lathe to hold the wheel using a centre held in the chuck on one side of the wheel hub, and the tailstock with a centre holding the other side. Then I will mount a DTI or 2 on the bedways to measure truth/runout and ,while spinning the wheel by hand, adjust from there.

My question to you guys is; does anyone see any faults with this plan? Obviously swing over the bedways may be an issue and I haven't measured that yet, just thought this idea up over the weekend and won't be able to check that till monday, so will get back to you on that.

If swing over bed is not enough I will use either a mill or radial arm drill press with an indexing head held vertically that will also be holding a centre, as the mill chuck or drill chuck will be holding one as well, and mount the wheel horizontally between the centres with a DTI on the table again.

And yes I will shut of the power to the machines and rotate them by hand.

Anyone done their own respoke? any funny's to watch out for? I here it's not difficult, just time consuming to get it done right. Thanks

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Just had a look and seen that the spokes are 2 different sizes but only by about 5mm difference. How vital is it that I get the correct spoke in the correct spot? any tips on making sure the correct one goes in the correct spot?

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So the wheel is already apart? I've replaced spokes (entire sets) several times, but I always just replaced one at a time. I would just cut an old spoke out, and insert a new spoke and nipple, tightening it until I get a nice ping, and keep going. Every few spokes I spin the wheel (mounted on the bike on a stand) to check for true, adjust as necessary, and continue. It's pretty tedious, but the wheels I've done like this have come out great and stayed true. I've never tried to lace a wheel from scratch. I think I would leave that to a pro.

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So the wheel is already apart? I've replaced spokes (entire sets) several times, but I always just replaced one at a time. I would just cut an old spoke out, and insert a new spoke and nipple, tightening it until I get a nice ping, and keep going. Every few spokes I spin the wheel (mounted on the bike on a stand) to check for true, adjust as necessary, and continue. It's pretty tedious, but the wheels I've done like this have come out great and stayed true. I've never tried to lace a wheel from scratch. I think I would leave that to a pro.

Wheel is still together, I didn't want to pull it apart till I had everything ready. That was pretty much my plan as well, take them out one by one and replace with a new one each time I pulled an old one out.

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The spokes are two different lengths for a reason, and its important you do it right. This can vary however depending on the rim and spoke combo, so make sure you have the right spokes for your rim and hub.

this is an article that can give you an idea of what to do.

http://www.vitalmx.com/features/Check-Out-The-Art-and-Science-of-Wheelbuilding,601

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On YZ's, the long spokes go on the outside holes in the hub on both sides. It's not too hard to get it right. There's a nice tutorial somewhere on TT, do a search and you'll find it for sure. You can use your swingarm as a truing stand.

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The spokes are two different lengths for a reason, and its important you do it right. This can vary however depending on the rim and spoke combo, so make sure you have the right spokes for your rim and hub.

this is an article that can give you an idea of what to do.

http://www.vitalmx.c...eelbuilding,601

Thanks, that article is quite helpful.

On YZ's, the long spokes go on the outside holes in the hub on both sides. It's not too hard to get it right. There's a nice tutorial somewhere on TT, do a search and you'll find it for sure. You can use your swingarm as a truing stand.

I was going to use the swing arm to do it, but the machines just seem so much more stable.

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