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Excel rims on stock 650R hubs.....spoke nipple alignment right?

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OK, when I bought my 650R, it came with a spare rear wheel. ..stock hub, big spokes, Excel rim. The spoke nipples weren't right in line with the spokes. Maybe a few degrees off. I figured they built it with a rim that was meant for something else. NOW I'm putting together a new set....stock hubs, big spokes, Excel rims all ordered for the 650R......the same thing is happening. The spoke nipples aren't quite in line with the path the spokes are taking. The front went together perfect....it's the rear. Is this normal? My first thought is that again I have a rim that is just slightly different than what it should be.

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Here's a couple pics....you can see how the nipple is pulled slightly to one side, and how the spokes kinda have a tweek to them. You can really see how the spokes have that little curve in the second pic. It is laced correctly, not our first rodeo. The spokes are currently just snug.

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When you have two differnt length spokes, the angles are differnt. If it is the correct rim, just flip it over and re-lace it and it should be correct.

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I have never noticed. Is it normal for spokes to have a sight bend at the cross-over point. Seems like that would weaken them, to not be perfectly straight.

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When you have two differnt length spokes, the angles are differnt. If it is the correct rim, just flip it over and re-lace it and it should be correct.

Thanks Mr. Blais.....I'll try that today.

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When you have two differnt length spokes, the angles are differnt. If it is the correct rim, just flip it over and re-lace it and it should be correct.

That was the problem...directional rim. You'de think they'de either put in a paper that says so, or put an arrow on the rim or something. I'm just glad it's all good, thank you.

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That was the problem...directional rim. You'de think they'de either put in a paper that says so, or put an arrow on the rim or something. I'm just glad it's all good, thank you.

I did the same thing! I had it all laced up and new something was wrong... checked the Excel web site to make sure I had the correct model rim so I e-mailed them directly. It took a few days but they came back and said that yes, this model is directional and the stampings go on the drive side.

YES! Excel should put a sticker or something on the rim to let the little people know!

:-(

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I'm going to be purchasing some excel rims and spokes for my XR650r hubs. What is your reccomendation for spokes ? I'm just starting to gain some info about this set up so any info is appreciated. Also, what is the average price for excel rims and spokes and who has the best deals ?

Thanks Paul

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I'm going to be purchasing some excel rims and spokes for my XR650r hubs. What is your reccomendation for spokes ? I'm just starting to gain some info about this set up so any info is appreciated. Also, what is the average price for excel rims and spokes and who has the best deals ?

Thanks Paul

I use Buchanan 's stainless spokes and the Excel rims. I actually have had good luck on E-Bay for the rims and I get the correct model numbers off of the Excel web site and search on E-Bay and also do a google search until I find the best price. The last front I paid $38.00 on E-Bay that was new that someone pulled so they could switch to black. The front is the same on many years of Honda 's but the rear has been a bit harder to find on E-Bay. The last rear one I bought I found it on-line but can't remember who from and I had to pay around $110.00 if I remember correctly.

I also recently laced up some wheels for my YZ250 with a set of Excel stainless spokes with their Z nipples. I was very impressed with these and will use them in the future but probably only for Motocross.

I personally will still use traditional nipples for off-road so if I don't have a spoke wrench my friends will probably have one. The Excel Z nipples take a special wrench and If I forget to have this with it will be harder to find someone with one.

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