- Jan 18, 2004
I have a '72 Roadster with a disc front brake. I just had new wheels built and have ran into a problem that I am hoping I can get some good advice on. The wheels were rebuilt to the factory specs using Excel rims and, of course, stainless steel spokes and nipples. When I installed the rear wheel it appeared to be offset over to the left. The center of the tire did not line up with the center of the frnder, yet the fender appeared to be perfectly lined up between the tubes of the rear frame loop. I used a straight edge and took a crude measurement from the shock spring to the rear tire. There was definitely more clearence on the right side than on the left. When I installed the front wheel, the exact same problem. The tire was rubbing the fender on the left side. And I mean rubbing! When I measured from the fork leg to the rim, once again, more clearence on the right than the left. It seems pretty obvious that there is a problem with the offset on both wheels. Correct? I contacted the gentleman who built the wheels and he explained that this is not an uncommon problem. He told me that he had built the wheels to the specs he had for Commando wheels, but that it would be easy for me to correct the problem. He described how I needed to loosen the spokes on one side X# of turns and then tighten the spokes on the other side the same number of turns. By doing this I would be able to bring the wheel into the correct alignment. Does this seem correct? Should I be the one doing this? Is this normal when new wheels have been built? Can't I screw up and get the rims out of tru? Did I get screwed? I appreciate any info or advice anyone can offer. Thank you.