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nice.you won't have to worry about rusty spokes now.
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Buchanan spokes aren't cheap, but I sure appreciated them the last time I spoked wheels. I used Buchanan on the rear wheel of my XL/XR and the building and truing was painless. Since the front end is mostly Yamaha, I used (cheaper) spokes and nipples from Mike's XS on the front. The spokes stretched, the nipples rounded off, and the whole process took me twice as long as it should have.

I had the same experience using V-Twin spokes on my shovelhead instead of Buchanans. I ended up ditching the V-Twin spokes and bought Buchanan's
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I liked the price of the v-twin stainless.i used them on my 19''oem front rim.worked just fine for me.i put plenty of torque on a few of them using a craftsman open end wrench.
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Inspiring. My spokes have a slight bit of rust and I'm debating whether to go bright stainless or paint them to match the silver graphite paint I'm getting to lay down on the sheet metal.
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I liked the price of the v-twin stainless.i used them on my 19''oem front rim.worked just fine for me.i put plenty of torque on a few of them using a craftsman open end wrench.
Funny - I don’t remember V-Twin selling stainless spokes at the time. Part of my issue is that I was using a new V-Twin 16” rim and the rim didn’t like the idea of being trued straight.
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the rim didn’t like the idea of being trued straight.
I have seen a lot of new rims that are not worth lacing up. I think they may be seconds that the wheel assemblers return. Lumpy would be a word, but junk is the real word.

You should not use the spokes to pull a bent wheel into shape.
And you can't use the spoke tension to make a lumpy wheel straight.
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You should not use the spokes to pull a bent wheel into shape.
And you can't use the spoke tension to make a lumpy wheel straight.

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Along with my rusty spokes the rim wasn't true. I could see it and feel it. I tried my best to true the wheel after I laced it. The end result is an improvement but it's not perfect. I can still feel a little bounce at some speeds.

I thought I would be able to pull the rim (it is stock steel H-D 19" rim) into true but I was afraid I'd crack the front hub/brake drum around the spoke holes if I kept on pulling.

So what's the fix here? Do I try truing again? Keep pulling until the rim is totally true and not worry about breaking the hub around the spoke holes? Beat on the bare rim until it's closer to round, then true it by pulling spokes? New rim?
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The FSM says for a '69 XLCH tire pressure is 14f and 18r. Seems low but I tried it. Was running 32psi in both. Well what do you know, front tire hop is gone. Nice and smooth, go figure.

I've read it here quite a few times........when in doubt, do what the factory did.
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those goodyear super eagles from the 60's were a hard tire.i doubt you have tires from the 60's.check your current tires for the correct pressure.low pressure will allow the sidewalls to flex and absorb some of the hop.
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Running tire pressures that low will cause the tire to wear poorly and unevenly usually cupping.

I run 36 - 38 front and 40 - 43 rear
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