Safe Way to tighten spokes?


13 replies to this topic
  • SCOTTYZF426FLA

Posted December 29, 2004 - 08:17 AM

#1

Guys,

I have a 04 450 with a few hours of track time on it now. I am getting worried about the spokes. I want to attempt to snug them up. However if it is not done right it can mess up the wheel. I have the wrench that comes with the bike. I have read a few posts on how to do this, they say every 3rd spoke. I would assume you mark the first spoke with some black tape. So I guess you would use the tool that comes with the bike. The turn each spoke 1/4 turn (counter clockwise if your looking at the spoke closes to the ground).. keep this up till you get back to the taped spoke? Any good website with picture on how to do this. I want to make things better not worse..

  • YZ250F_Rider

Posted December 29, 2004 - 08:37 AM

#2

Just in case you mess it up.

http://www.off-road....heelTruing.html

  • BadlandZ

Posted December 29, 2004 - 10:32 AM

#3

Guys,
I have a 04 450

I have the wrench that comes with the bike.

I knew my dealer screwed me over, but I wasn't sure if he gave me everything or not. Now I know, &*$()!@*! What else was I suppose to get?

  • YZ250F_Rider

Posted December 29, 2004 - 10:47 AM

#4

a couple of main jets, and a dinky owners manual.

  • Satch0922

Posted December 29, 2004 - 11:13 AM

#5

mine on my 05 250 were really loose after the first little bit of riding around and breaking the bike in. I tightened them on 1/4 turn at a time going alternating from one side to the other until they were all tight. "Tight" is a relative term but I use the "ping/sound" test......after a while you get the feel for it.

Of course the other option is to buy a spoke "torque" wrench. I have never had one.

  • jdd123

Posted December 29, 2004 - 12:13 PM

#6

Get a spoke torque wrench and ask them to set it to the torque in your manual. No more guessing. The spokes on the rear losen up quickly if you jump.

  • bluerider450

Posted December 29, 2004 - 12:37 PM

#7

a couple of main jets, and a dinky owners manual.

the manual i got with my bike was really big and a plug wrench, spoke wrench, jets, helmet, gloves, and googles and a very fast blue bike :cry: and a 15% discount on anything in the store from now on

Visit the ThumperTalk Store for the lowest prices on motorcycle / ATV parts and accessories - Guaranteed
  • RCannon

Posted December 29, 2004 - 02:29 PM

#8

I still wonder about the spoke torque wrench. How accurate is it going to be after the nipples corrode?

It is excellent practice to try it with an old bicycle wheel first. Once you get the hang of wheels, they are quite easy and fun to true.

  • condog_aus

Posted December 29, 2004 - 02:39 PM

#9

Ive spent 15years building and rebuilding mtb wheels. Theres way more to it than that. You need to feel how tight it should be by finding one from the sme side and feeling how tight it is. Then take up the slack in the loose ones to the approximate correct tightness.. Once they are within the approx tension if you decide the rim needs truing then for each one you tighten half a turn loosen the one next to it half aturn. If it needs another half turn loosent the one on the other side half a turn. Only once you have the rim true and round can you tension it up using the every third spoke method..

If in doubt take it to some one and pay them to do it while watching. Its a $15 job but may cost you a $200 rebuild if you pull a spoke or twist or egg the rim.. I watched about ten rims being built and a dozen or so being fixed before i attempted my first rim.

  • Norb

Posted December 31, 2004 - 09:30 PM

#10

Invest in a spoke torque wrench and eliminate all of the guesswork. Saves time in between motos! :cry:

  • gonzo

Posted January 01, 2005 - 12:55 AM

#11

I spin the wheel and tap each spoke on each side at a time (know what I mean?). I just make sure they are not incredibly loose and sound all about the same ding tone. I know that sounds weird but it actually works. My wheels are always tight and true.

  • condog_aus

Posted January 01, 2005 - 01:58 AM

#12

Thats Ok on a clean rim, but when mud is on the spokes the notes dont ring true. Infact once i had just the right amount of mud on each spoke I spun the wheel and what do ya know. It played jingle bells. Ive left it alone ever since. And every christmas we get the bike out and spin the wheel to christmas carols. LOL. Sorry.

  • RCannon

Posted January 01, 2005 - 07:38 AM

#13

Is there any way you could help me achieve the same? Mine plays the Twelve days of Christmas...I hate that song!

  • Indy_WR450

Posted January 01, 2005 - 07:43 AM

#14

I dont understand how the torque wrench compensates for oxidization and gunk on the threads of the nipples? You could get to 50 in-lbs and not be at the same spoke tension. :cry: I bet it works great on new wheels with new spokes and rims. :cry:





Related Content

Forums
Photo

James Stewart back on a YZ450F by YamaLink


Dirt Bike   Special Interest Forums   Pro Racing
  • Hot  47 replies
Reviews

Yamaha YZ450F 2017 by Chris.GVS


Yamaha YZ450F 2017
  • - - - - -
  • 0 reviews
Forums
Photo

The "going back to the other darkside" adventure... by Monk


Dirt Bike   Make / Model Specific   KTM   250/350/450/505 SX-F & XC-F (4-Strokes)
  • Hot  91 replies
Forums
Photo

2016 YZ450 by CaptainKnobby


Dirt Bike   Dirt Bike Technical Forums   Suspension
  • Hot  59 replies
Forums
Photo

First Hare scramble tips by dhend8


Dirt Bike   General Dirt Bike Forums   General Dirt Bike Discussion
  • Hot  33 replies
 
x

Join Our Community!

Even if you don't want to post, registered members get access to tools that make finding & following the good stuff easier.

If you enjoyed reading about "" here in the ThumperTalk archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join ThumperTalk today!

The views and opinions expressed on this page are strictly those of the author, and have not been reviewed or approved by ThumperTalk.