The rims do have a certain way to go because the nipples are punched in a certain way to make sure they align properly. It's real minimal, but can cause the nipples to bind on the spokes if it's not laced correctly.
The only way to tell is by the arrow, and if you can see the nipple holes are staggered correctly with the hub side you are lacing it with.
Let us know if you have pics to see if we can help out.
Originally Posted by flyingscotsmac
Hi Woody. Long story, quick question please. A local shop scraped my F800GS front wheel when installing a new tire. They de-laced the wheel and sent it out to be powder coated. Wheel (Behr) returned with no direction indicator visible so I can't tell if it was re-laced correctly in the proper direction. Does it matter or is it purely a function of the hub/rotor assy rotation?
Thanks for your help!