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    Broken spokes

    I have found a couple of broken spokes on my rear wheel. Even with that the wheel seems to spin true. No up and down or side to side movement. So my plan is to replace all the spokes. Figure I'll start with the broken ones an go from there one spoke at a time. I've never had to do this before. Anything I should know? Anything to watch out for?
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    A couple of things to be aware of:

    - You can't buy individual spokes from Yamaha, they only sell complete sets.
    - There are at least 2 different lengths of spokes on the rear wheel, depending on whether are on the sprocket side or the brake side. There may also be different angles on the head ends (I can't confirm this since I have never seen a set of new spokes).
    - I have given away a bunch of my used spokes, but may have few left if you let me know which ones you need.
    - Lacing and truing a wheel is a skill. The only time that I have tried it is with a bicycle wheel which turned out looking like a potato chip .

    I hope this helps,

    Brian

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    Thanks Brian. I figured on replacing all of the anyways. And I figure if I do one spoke at a time I should be ok. But if I muck it up I will be sure to post a picture for the groups amusement.
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    Good luck! You might be okay.

    That rear rim is pretty beefy, it would take a lot to bend it out of shape (but if it can be done, I could probably do it !)

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    I have total faith in your abilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOF View Post
    I have total faith in your abilities.
    +1
    This was my first ever attempt at rebuilding a wheel. My advice is to get a stand off eBay, they're not too expensive, and watch plenty of YouTube videos on 'how to'
    Not strictly necessary but I did buy a proper spoke torque wrench off Amazon: BGS 8511*Torque Spoke Key, Interchangeable Heads,*Pack of 1 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009YTGY..._c.JADbWN8CM9E
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    Looks like you did a great job on that Buellzebub.

    I was debating if I should buy a torque wrench for the job. But another hundred on a tool I'll use once? Gonna try it with a simple wrench first.
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    Thanks.
    After watching several videos it was pretty straight forward. These are 2 of the ones I watched but there were others as well.

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    Thanks for the links. I've watched a couple already. I've got plenty of time to study up. Spokes will be delivered "Sep. 6 - Sep. 11" I read that to mean "Depends on how messed up we get over the holiday weekend."
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    The new chain, that I paid a bit extra for because I wanted it faster, just showed up at my door. And now it will sit in my toolbox until the spokes arrive. Don't it figure.
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