April 16th, 2007, 01:36 PM
Joined: May 2002
From: Snowy Mountains NSW Australia
A bit more on my 650 from another thread on spoke nipples copied here,
I've been playing with wheels over the years, and so far feel is OK. How to explain what is the right feel is difficult, but if you get a newish wheel that is undamaged with no siezed spoke nipples then loosen a few nipples one at a time and tighten again by 1/2 turn to get the 'feel'
With my bikes when they are new at the first tyre change or so I remove every nipple and put anti sieze on the threads and under the nipple head so that I'll always be able to play with them in the years to come.
Although by removing one nipple at a time doesn't affect the truing too much it can still move around a bit. I always set up a pointer/dial gauge in the swingarm, or forks and check the rim centring and trueness before and can then get it back where it started afterwards.
Incidentally, when I did this with my new FE 650 I found that the front rim was 3 mm to the left of centre between the forks which explained the subtle drift to the left on smooth ground.
I trued it centre and now it goes nice and straight.