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    Default Truing 67-72 kid star wheel help please

    What does people use as a wheel truing stand arbor when truing the 67-72 wheels? It only has one bearing in the hub. The changed is pretty weak opposite the hearing side. I guess I could cut down a front drum if I could find a bad one somewhere.

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    I had a rear wheel for a 1972 FX done recently. I asked the man who would be doing the work if he needed a drum with bearings, no was his answer. I called the shop in two weeks, yes its done. I have seen his truing stand and its a truing stand, nothing special about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomL View Post
    I had a rear wheel for a 1972 FX done recently. I asked the man who would be doing the work if he needed a drum with bearings, no was his answer. I called the shop in two weeks, yes its done. I have seen his truing stand and its a truing stand, nothing special about it.
    He must have had a v or roller bearings on the top of his stand. Did you check truness after the drum was put on? I found they change a lot from changing the drums around or just rotating the drums. I think and was confirmed that the drums need to be on and marked when truing. The drum is then dedicated to that wheel.
    I paid a hundred bucks a wheel labor to get 3 laced and trued. All 3 has loose spokes and navigate have .281" diameter nipples with .235" flats. I would take them back, but they had them for 3.5 months. So I am out 3 bills and a 50 buck spoke wrench.
    Last edited by ryan; 04-11-2019 at 04:18 PM. Reason: Corrected wrong information

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    Maybe not an option but I like to tighten the laced wheel and hub to the drum,backing ,plate spacers ,everthing complete in the frame just as it goes on the bike for final assembly,minus the tire.Mark the hub to the drum .
    True it up,remove and install tire and everything goes back together.
    Tom

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    Tom,
    That sounds like a great idea. I think I can do it on my truing stand, but if I cannot, I can sure do it on my bike. I sure hope I can get the swing of it so not to delay my build too long. I watched several truing videos on youtube by a guy named Tatro and one old video from Harley on truing spool hubs. Tatro explains the truing process very well in several videos. He has over 2500 Harley videos. So I am almost ready to start.
    I just finished my truing stand arbors, one for the bike and one for the sidecar wheel. I have to make two pointers and then I am ready to start. I also have to take the nipple off of every spoke to lube the threads on all 3 wheels. They are Buchanan SS spokes and nipples. I called and talked with Mr. Buchanan and he is sending me lube free of charge
    See, i had my wheels trued and not one of the rims were close to being true. They were even done by a Harley dealer, not far from me, that has been in business since the mid 1950's. It is what it is.
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    Hope it works out for you.Pointers work to get it close but I use two dial indicators with 2" face and a .100 sweep which makes it much easier.

    Tom

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