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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by hilslamer, Sep 2, 2007.
Custom 3D printed holder organizer?? Nice innovation! Well done!
Love the printed bits!
Yep I didn't even attempt to protect my brand new warp 9 Wheels when I put tires on them this weekend. Better to let the first scratches happen now and then I won't have to worry about it
Ambitious task trying to keep those holes lined up straight and then tapping them straight as well? No thank you LOL. Excited and can't wait to see how it comes out
I have a plan to fixture everything in a drill press to align the taps. A good friend got them this far as I don't have a mill but I get to tap them. They'll be here next week.
Hazet 8 inch tire levers get a passing grade from me. They performed equal to the MP 8 inch alloy levers. Used these 2 levers and baby powder only to keep my roadside skills up to snuff. I actually did most of it flat on the ground so I could kneel on it so pay no attention to the milk crate.....
But you ride a KLR, right?
2 for 2 with the Hazet levers and baby powder.
That's a bad baby right there! Looove the rims. I have a pair of gold Excel hoops waiting to go on a worthy build!
I have some nice Excel rims too.
Beat to shit from changing tires.
These are cool. Knipex Raptor. Non-marring. Tons of grip!
Last week we actually had to break out the KTM bottle opener to toast my brother-in-law after his funeral. Three different kinds of bikes and not one footpeg would open a beer** bottle.
** PSA: of course, I would never condone stripping off sweaty riding gear and drinking a cold beer in the shade while enjoying a nice ocean breeze on a typically sweltering deep south late July day. Only truly irresponible old men from a different era would do shit that wonderfully delicious to toast a lost friend and fellow rider.
Damn right you drink that beer with no regrets and f*** everybody else! LOL
How are all you smart SOBs checking spoke tension?
I borrow my friend’s Warp9 spoke torque wrench and check every 4th spoke (check 1, skip 2, check 4th, skip 2…), tightening to 44 in. lbs.
I also have a regular spoke wrench for the tink tink method— just spin the wheel and tap to listen for tension.
But I’m not terribly smart at this. I just followed the advice from YouTube. One video from RMATVMC was pretty good.
I’ve seen a lot of people around the site mentioning spoke torque wrenches. When building bicycle wheels, you directly measure spoke deflection with a tensiometer because it’s a more direct measurement than nipple torque. The downside is that you don’t get to say “nipple torque” as often. I’ve looked but haven’t found anything like that for motorcycles - am I missing something?
That's a good point. MC nipples get so much cruft in them that torque may not be the most accurate method.
I'm not a wheel builder, but I can see the possibility that MC spokes are too stiff, with too much tension to be as easily measured by deflection.
How do pro MC wheelsmiths do it when new, and after they've been in use?
Motorcycle rims are so much stronger than bicycle rims they don't get pulled around anywhere near as much between individual spokes. If building wheels is an art, lacing/truing motorcycle wheels is finger painting. Super easy. Actually pretty hard to F it up if you use any kind of improvised truing stand and follow a process, like counting turns. Bike wheels on the other hand, will frustrate most people.
All I know (not much admittedly) is that the new Warp9 wheels I got came with very specific instructions about measuring and re-torquing the wheels regularly during the break in period. It was a bit of a PITA as I put the wheels on just before a trip.