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post #1 of 13 Old 01-18-2014, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Help with front rim/spokes

I have an 02 and the front spokes were rusty so I decided to replace them. I bought the appropriate spokes (Moose) and started putting it together and the nipples are too big for the wholes and the spokes are just slightly smaller - with a slightly different bend. I double checked the model number and it is the appropriate one for the model. WTF?? Here is the info stamped on the rim: Takasago J 21 x 1.60 DOT 354 Japan 885. Is this consistent with the rim for this year? Wondering if PO has a different rim mounted, and if so what does this fit. Any help is appreciated.
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Without looking at my rim, in the shed, under a cover, I would say that maybe you should have gotten the spokes from Kawasaki. The Moose spokes are probably designed to be a more universal fit rather than KLR specific.

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They were identified as fitting the KLR 650. I double checked. Would seem odd that a PO would have put a different rim on the front.
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Also possible that they sent you the wrong spokes or the package was mislabeled at the manufacturer. I'd check the markings on my rim but I have a gen2 so they're probably different anyway.

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If you are unsure I'd definitely send them back and go with what klr4evr said.....get them from the big K.

That aside I've never heard of anyone here re-lacing a wheel. I've read some tutorials and it seems a dark art. I could probably do it with a wheel stand and dial indicators but it would take me a week !!!

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I have an 02 and the front spokes were rusty so I decided to replace them. I bought the appropriate spokes (Moose) and started putting it together and the nipples are too big for the wholes and the spokes are just slightly smaller - with a slightly different bend. I double checked the model number and it is the appropriate one for the model. WTF?? Here is the info stamped on the rim: Takasago J 21 x 1.60 DOT 354 Japan 885. Is this consistent with the rim for this year? Wondering if PO has a different rim mounted, and if so what does this fit. Any help is appreciated.
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I agree with 650stew, Send them Back, mis-labeled.

I just checked 4 KLR650's. The J21-1.60, seems to be the 'key' numbers.
Because the DOT#'s and Japan #'s, are all different!
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FYI

Kawasaki spokes are listed at $2.11 each and sized:

SPOKE-INNER,FR,LH,236MMX160D
SPOKE-INNER,FR,RH,238MMX160D

NIPPLE-SPOKE,8X9X20

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Thanks for the replies. First set was incomplete so they sent me another set - both had same part number. I'll measure the nipples as that will tell if they have the wrong part.
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Think I found out what was wrong

Thanks for the tip on the Kawasaki part numbers. When I looked at the first package is said KX250/450F/KLX450 06-09. It did not have this on the second package. When I looked up these parts on the Kawasaki parts list the spokes and nipples #'s are different for these models vs. the KLR 650. When I went back to the fitment site they have this as fitting the KLR650. Obviously that ain't right. Oh well, I guess this project will last a little longer.

Regarding lacing a wheel - i just plan on putting in new spokes. Someone else is truing and balancing. I thought about buying a truing stand but after I read that it is really difficult to get it right unless you know what you are doing i decided to let an experience person do this for me.
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I was going to add as well that the Gen 2 spokes are thicker diameter than the Gen 1 spokes, perhaps it's possible that they sent you Gen 2 spokes by mistake?

Edit: Oops, just reread your first post and you said the spokes were a little smaller. Cancels my theory!


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