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10-24-2012, 06:46 PM
Looking for a quality wheel lacing fixture. Friend of mine bought one off eBay, but it was a hop-sing POS. Didn't work worth a damn.

Anyone have a link or recommendation to a good one. Hopefully not made by people who use their feet in lieu of a bench vice.

I want to learn to lace wheels and don't want to skimp on a fixture.

Thanks and cheers,


10-24-2012, 07:08 PM
what is a wheel lacing fixture? i use my picnic table. just place the hub over the umbrella stand hole. this worked for keeping the hub from moving.

10-24-2012, 07:36 PM
There are several good wheel truing stands out there, but Harbor Freight doesn't sell them. And factory H-D stands show up regularly on eBay. But a very basic fixture is merely an axle in a large bench vise with a an indicator mounted nearby. Wheels can be trued in place in the fork as well.
As far as lacing goes, it all depends on the hub configuration, but a box that will support the rim and allow the hub to hang will work for anything.The offset and such are done in the truing fixture!

10-24-2012, 07:50 PM
Pardon my lack of vocabulary... a truing fixture. I can make something and have a ton of indicators. But am looking for something I don't have to spend time building.

I'll look for a factory HD fixture per Rub. Thanks for the tip.

My friend bought one of these:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/MOTORCYCLE-WHEEL-TRUING-BALANCING-STAND-TS-7M-Park-Tool-USA-USE-YOUR-OWN-AXLE-/380490538840?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3 D1%26asc%3D14%26meid%3D2977667017646652068%26pid%3 D100015%26prg%3D1006%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D380490538840% 26

He was totally disappointed with it.

I can copy the lacing pattern. It's the truing that I would like to do using a fixture.

Thanks and cheers,


Robert Luland
10-24-2012, 08:27 PM
This one comes up all the time on Fleese-Bay and seems to be very well built for the money. Bob L 160896308015

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10-25-2012, 08:08 AM

10-25-2012, 09:08 AM
I bought one of these a few years back. It is adequate for 16 and 18 inch Harley wheels. A little on the wobbly side but worked well nontheless.
This one comes up all the time on Fleese-Bay and seems to be very well built for the money. Bob L 160896308015

10-25-2012, 11:59 AM
I'm quite suspicious of the hub's off-set, and "the kid" who is "pretty good at it". Many an Indian has a rear wheel that is not centered in the frame, partially due to the frame, but also due to the hub's left/right position relative to the rim. Since I really like to know what's under the hood on my bikes I often spend more time than I should on tooling, but I might do just that again on lacing the wheels.

I'm considering a 1/2" steel plate x 24" square, with a 3/4" (or bigger) threaded rod about 18" long set perpendicular to the plate in the center. Add a few threaded tapers for above and below the hub. Then I need 3 pieces of 1/2" threaded rod to support the rim, with a clamping hoobijoo to set the radius and "elevation", and perpendicularity to the hub's truing axle. .. It seems to me that
one could lace it up this way, and be pretty close, but I'd still true it in the frame, or fork.

10-25-2012, 01:53 PM
with a clamping hoobijoo to set the radius and "elevation".

Phil, if you ever get a picture of that hoobijoo I, for one, would love to see you post it! :D

03-02-2013, 07:38 PM
This is my hoobijoo, and it has always worked excellent. Bought it in1061110612106131061410615 Maine on e-bay about 13 years ago.

03-02-2013, 07:58 PM
I bought one called a Black Widow from eBay. It is kind of a POS... but for what I paid for it, I guess that's what I should expect.

That said, after making myself custom cones, removing/replacing the support arms, lapping in some threaded 5/8" supports, shimming the base and, otherwise, totally re-engineering the thing, I am happy with it. It cost about $100 and change... so for that, I can't complain because I could not have built the 'core' of it for that. But woe-betide the person who does not have a complete machine shop and an ability to totally reemanufacture it.

Fits with my personal view that I should never buy anything 'precision' made by people who use their toes in lieu of a bench vice.


But it is working well now.



PS Marsh... THAT's a truing stand. Lovely piece of kit.

03-03-2013, 12:46 PM
I do my wheels in frame due to rim discrepancies,but I start with these.

03-04-2013, 01:56 AM
I like your lacing stand. Simple & effective!

03-07-2013, 07:24 AM
this is my original Harley truning stand. Did not use it much up to now as I got it recently.

I guess I have to make some conical clamps in case I want to true a wheel without internals is this setum is made for wheels with an axle.....