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the spokes will not have even torque values around the rim. you will find that once the rim is true, there will be spokes with less torque so the proceedure woul be to go around the rim and tweek each nipple 1/4 turn untill all spokes have a ring to them and not a dull sound,
That's not true at all. Spokes absolutely do have a torque value to them. That is how they are built from the factory and all reputable builders. The service manuals even give you the proper torque value. The HD tech's at the dealer also use torque wrenches to check the spokes.
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i finally found that 15/64" wrench is the closest I could find that would fit the nipple. But it is still a little loose. I started to work on it the other day and rounded off one spoke a little, and the spokes didnt want to move...

the local metric shop will let me use their truing stand, I just need to find the G-D right size wrench!!
I will also throw some lube on the nipples and maybe they will want to turn some...
I find a 1/4" SAE wrench works. If the rubber is off, then a 3/16"SAE Allen wrench gets the job done.

For metric, then I believe 6mm is what is called for.

I, just, laced a 2004 XL 1200c hub to a 2003 Ultra Classic 16x3 spoke wheel rim. Going for that Fat Tire look on a Springer front end. That done, time to true the lot. Neither job is for the faint of heart.

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Just stole this from: https://www.fasstco.com/products/adj...-torque-wrench

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We have narrowed down the Harley-Davidson applications to 3 sizes, 5.6, 6.0, and 6.2. This has been very difficult due to the vast number of units sold. Above are the head sizes that Harley Davidson orders from us as well as the general size by decades. If you have any questions or feedback shoot us an email or call so we can get you the correct head for your wheels.
Now me being Scotch-Irish, Jewish and a Virgo, I'll yank Lincoln right off a penny! Personally, I'd wait till I need new rubber to torque my spokes with a SAE 3/8" 3/16" Hex wrench socket and a SAE 3/8" torque ratchet wrench. Lot cheaper that, than the buckage these fellas are asking for their specialized tool. Just me. BO
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re-read what i wrote there mr. terry.
it will be a fluke if all have the same values.
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The only time that I can see all spokes having a uniform torque, is if the hub, rim, spokes and nipples are all newly manufactured and have been stress relieved. A rim that has even the slightest of twist to it, will upset the torque values of the spokes. Truing a laced spoke wheel is an art-form, like tuning a piano. Tune one spoke, and others will rise and lower in torque value. The important thing to understand and remember is not the torque values, but how true the laced spoke wheel turns, no side to side, or up and down motion should be seen. Though, in reality, only the slightest such motion may be tolerated.

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well, i have seen a dude do wheels and i mean wheels!! i swear this guy could set one up in less than an hour. he does his horizontal and some times with out micrometers, uses feelers set on his table. never uses a torque wrench, he goes by sound.
i had a suzuki dirt machine that constantly broke spokes and the shop never could stop it. got a new rim and he set it up, never again a broken spoke. the shop even swapped a wheel off another machine with out success. deadman's hill was brutal with almost a vertical face so you had to take it a speed or you would not make it which meant at least 15 foot crest after you topped it. went from spokes to busted shocks, not a good outcome when the rear arm drops from under the machine.
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