Friday, August 26, 2011

This blog is becoming redundant. I am shifting everything over to Smoke and Throttle

Two blogs about the same thing, basically. Starting now, I am posting all my updates on my bike projects on my primary blog, Smoke And Throttle. Make sure you check that site, and link up with us on facebook for regular update notices, plus additional thoughts and comments:

My other blog also has interesting articles on other bikes, shops, events and other vintage motorcycle news. Please add us!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wheel building

Got the rear wheel laced up and ready for the truing stand, I'll let you know how that goes. Being stainless steel, which has a lower tensile strength than regular steel, the nipples and spokes must be greased for proper seating and preloaded with a much higher torque to allow for stretching. The end result is a nice clean wheel that won't rust. The 66 Bonnie is slowly coming together though!

Finding the drive side of the wheel involves measuring the nipples in place. The largest gap between the indicates the drive side.

Greasing the spokes so that they don't bind up.

First set of outer spikes go anti-clockwise.

Next set goes in clockwise.

Drive side done, next is the right side (shift side)

All laced and ready to true! More to come as I fumble my way through this.

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