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Spoke replacement - November 22, 2012, 05:30 PM

I'm replacing the spokes on the back wheel of the kx. A bunch of them will not budge, even after soaking with wd40. What do you do to get the stuck ones out? I figured I could cut them, but with what? A lot of them have little or no tension on them but I assume the actually tight ones will shoot out if I cut them. So, any tips here?

My vision is not too great so I use a little magnifier when I do stuff like this. With the magnifier I noticed something I hadn't seen when I replaced the bearings - the hub has been repaired with JB Weld on the outside of where one of the bearings sits. I assume there's a crack there but I can't see it. I wonder if this contributed to the original bearing failure (among others things). So, who knows, maybe this spoke change is a waste of time and I should just get another wheel...
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November 22, 2012, 05:35 PM

Grinder + cut off wheel. They may pop when cut off and under tension, but the end isn't going to go flying away and impale someone.


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November 22, 2012, 05:40 PM

Ah, grinder/cut off wheel seems obvious now that you mention it.
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November 22, 2012, 05:49 PM

Soak them with PB Blaster and they will break free. WD-40 is more of a water dispersant then a lubricant or penetrating oil.
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November 22, 2012, 05:51 PM

Advance auto and places like that stock pb blaster?
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November 22, 2012, 05:55 PM

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Advance auto and places like that stock pb blaster?
Yep its a very unique looking can white can yellow cap yellow black and red writing. Spray it in the spoke itself and let it drip down into the nipple. Do it before you go to bed, then in the am before work by the time you come home they should be good to go. I have used it on some borderline fused bolts on my old ass ford ranger as long as you let it soak a while it will work its magic.
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November 22, 2012, 05:58 PM

Cool, I guess I'm going shopping on black friday.
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November 22, 2012, 06:49 PM

What does the pb stand for? Sounds like something I need to have around as I know I have a few recalcitrant spokes on my bikes.


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November 22, 2012, 07:46 PM

PB blaster is about the best non-commercial grade penetrant on the market. Once you've used it you'll never bother with WD-40 unless you're cleaning something. The stuff it breaks loose never ceases to amaze me.


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November 22, 2012, 07:55 PM

Sounds like a trip to advanced auto tomorrow for me.


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November 22, 2012, 07:56 PM

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PB blaster is about the best non-commercial grade penetrant on the market. Once you've used it you'll never bother with WD-40 unless you're cleaning something. The stuff it breaks loose never ceases to amaze me.
This^ Stuff is amazing and has saved me a ton of money. General Motors has a similar product but it is more expensive and I forget the name...lol. Damned concussions!
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November 22, 2012, 07:57 PM

Buy a new set of spokes. using old corroded bend spokes is a PITA.

cut the old ones with a grinder, it takes 30 seconds.


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November 22, 2012, 08:00 PM

Yep, I've got new spokes and have about half of them replaced already. Definitely not trying to reuse.
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November 22, 2012, 09:42 PM

New wheel time.
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November 23, 2012, 06:25 AM

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New wheel time.
This is actually my plan since the hub seems pretty iffy (all I need is to have the rear wheel explode sending me crashing into a rock garden). However, I'm going to go ahead and rebuild this one for the practice. This would be a good time to put an 18" rim on. Well sort of good anyway, outside of it being Christmas time and having to spend money on that...
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