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Hi, I’m Steve Matthes, Transworld Motocross’ Editor at large. As a former factory mechanic, I know how important it is to have your wheels straight and true, there’s a lot riding on them after all and this week on the Transworld Motocross BikeBandit How-To of the week, I’m gonna show you how to tighten spokes. And for this how-to, we’ve got a 2010 YZ 250F, I’m gonna start at the back wheel. Really cool thing that we have is an RKXL spoke torque wrench available at BikeBandit. It has different ends to fit different OEM bikes and really makes your life a whole lot easier. You can set it to the appropriate amount of torque and you can get started. What I really think to do is find a place to start on the wheel that’s easy. So either the valve stand or the rim lock, and basically what you want to do is put it on there, and just go slowly around the wheel, and feel the torque wrench, that one moved a little bit, feel the torque wrench snapping with the appropriate amount of torque on it.

Good thing to do is when the wheel is new, do it right from then, and you’ll see a great advantage to keeping your rim true and straight and basically you want to go around the wheel in small increments. This one wheel is already broken in, so it’s not too bad, they’re moving a little bit, but basically go around the wheel in small increments until you feel the torque wrench give, and that tells you that the spoke has been properly tightened. An overtightened spoke is easy to break, an under-tightened spoke is easy to break. So basically you want to go around the whole wheel until you’re done. This tool makes it pretty easy, like I said, available on BikeBandit, different OEMs sizes as well and it makes your life easier, especially if you’re building new wheels. It’s the only way to go when you’re building new wheels. I had one of these at factory Yamaha, it came straight from Japan, and it’s cool to see they’re available in the U.S. And with that, this wheel is true, this wheel is straight, and that’s a Transworld Motocross BikeBandit How-To of the week.

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