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Old 02-21-2005, 12:20 PM   #1
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Replacing spokes on GS wheel

I keep reading how the design of the GS wheel allows you to replace spokes on the go, without remvoing the rubber. My questions are:

Is it possible to break or damage a spoke without also damaging the rim? If my spoke is broken or damaged, won't I have bigger things to worry about?

Is it really realistic to damage only a spoke, without damaging the rim? If so, how?

I'm not being flip here, I'm just trying to learn.
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Old 02-21-2005, 01:34 PM   #2
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I had one rear spoke break on my 2002 R1150GS with no other damage and it was replaced in the matter of just a few minutes.
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Old 02-21-2005, 03:37 PM   #3
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I broke a rear spoke, too, just snapped off at the flanged head. No rim damage. Screwed a new one in in seconds. Now I always carry a spare.
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Old 02-21-2005, 11:13 PM   #4
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tools and technique

Could you describe how to tighten up the spokes?
What tool do you use? (plier on spoke body and torx at head?)
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Old 02-22-2005, 02:34 AM   #5
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Could you describe how to tighten up the spokes?
What tool do you use? (plier on spoke body and torx at head?)
With a spoke spanner most bike shops will have them
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Old 02-22-2005, 06:40 AM   #6
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Just a torx. You might have to hold the spoke shaft with pliers until there's enough tension to keep it from turning, but I just held it with my fingers. Once it snugs a little it won't turn.
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Old 02-22-2005, 07:01 AM   #7
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Not so fast, boys. There's a set screw in each 'nipple' - 2mm hex key as I recall. There's a torque spec for the nipple and once it's seated, the set screw is locked-down to prevent loosening.



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Old 02-22-2005, 07:07 AM   #8
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Not so fast, boys. There's a set screw in each 'nipple' - 2mm hex key as I recall. There's a torque spec for the nipple and once it's seated, the set screw is locked-down to prevent loosening.



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why is it not permitted to replace more than one spoke?
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Old 02-22-2005, 07:25 AM   #9
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Not so fast, boys. There's a set screw in each 'nipple' - 2mm hex key as I recall. There's a torque spec for the nipple and once it's seated, the set screw is locked-down to prevent loosening.
Well then, my 02 1150GS must be a one-off model, because I don't know what you are talking about and neither do my spokes. Maybe the 650s have a different system.
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:04 AM   #10
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No set screw in my wheels either (12GS), just the torx head.
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Old 02-22-2005, 03:35 PM   #11
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My '01 1150GS has the set screws. They are tiny and hard to see. I read about them somewhere, maybe the booklet that came with the bike. Otherwise, I would never have guessed they were there.
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Old 02-22-2005, 04:08 PM   #12
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There's no set-screws on my 2003 1150 GS. I bought extra spokes and nipples, too, and no set screws there, either.

I don't see the need for the "spoke spanner" either. You just put the spoke into the nipple and tighten -- the tension stops the other end from spinning.
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Old 02-23-2005, 02:54 AM   #13
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Rode off with a "D" lock still in my front wheel. Bent Two spokes but sprung the Oxford lock open. Replaced the spokes (with grub screws in). Use an old spoke as a tuning fork with other spokes to get spot on tension.

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Old 02-24-2005, 04:35 AM   #14
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Checked, there is a set screw in the nipple (05 12GS wheel).
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Old 02-24-2005, 04:58 AM   #15
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why is it not permitted to replace more than one spoke?
Coz at 2+ you start to get into issues with tension and dish on the wheel, and you need to get them set up properly, or you risk damage to the wheel.
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