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Offline lukeo684

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Rusty Spokes
« on: March 24, 2017, 11:43:50 AM »
Hi All,

Anyone get any tips for dealing with Rusty spokes?

- how to remove rust
- How to prevent it from getting worse

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Re: Rusty Spokes
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2017, 12:25:23 PM »
1 inch wide strip of denim or canvas and a good chrome polish\cleaner. Wrap around the spoke and go to town.

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Re: Rusty Spokes
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2017, 02:05:07 PM »
Treat them with acf50 not cheap but good stuff


 
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Re: Rusty Spokes
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2017, 06:59:10 PM »
Recently had my front wheel repaired by a wheel builder. He told me he'd been contacted by Triumph with regard to spokes rusting (even on new bikes in the showroom). When he asked to see a sample Triumph stopped talking to him. When he looked at mine he said that the spokes had not been polished and they would always be prone to rust. I use ACF 50, but you can feel the surface of the spokes is not smooth.
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Re: Rusty Spokes
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2017, 09:05:56 AM »
I see a lot of Tigers and Explorers with rusty spokes at rallies.

Don't understand why they don't fit stainless steel spokes  :084:
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Re: Rusty Spokes
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2017, 10:58:19 AM »
*Originally Posted by grizzlybear [+]
I see a lot of Tigers and Explorers with rusty spokes at rallies.

Don't understand why they don't fit stainless steel spokes  :084:

IIRC I saw somewhere that Triumph consider SS too brittle???????

Beats me though.
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Re: Rusty Spokes
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2017, 02:15:40 PM »
*Originally Posted by Grumps [+]
IIRC I saw somewhere that Triumph consider SS too brittle???????

Beats me though.

Had my (79) T140 Bonnie wheels rebuilt with S/S spokes and rims back in 94 ..... haven't had a single spoke failure yet and the wheels still look as good as the day thet were built.  :152:
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Re: Rusty Spokes
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2017, 04:35:35 PM »
I just ordered a front and rear replacement set, spokes and nipples, $114 per wheel, from Buchanan's https://g.co/kgs/9PLRDx

My official Triumph dealer was unable to provide the specs to Buchanan's so we had to buy a single spoke/nipple (sold individually!) for each wheel from Triumph ($25) to send to Buchanan's. Yes I'm getting hi quality stainless steel for our salty Florida beach location. Mine seized and rusted in under 18 months. Lacing labor estimate is $200 total. Will report post-lacing.
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Re: Rusty Spokes
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2017, 02:59:14 AM »
*Originally Posted by Grumps [+]
IIRC I saw somewhere that Triumph consider SS too brittle???????

Beats me though.

bmw manages with them on their heavy lumps quite well

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Re: Rusty Spokes
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2017, 08:10:40 AM »
*Originally Posted by Grumps [+]
IIRC I saw somewhere that Triumph consider SS too brittle???????

Triumph did use SS spokes at one time on the Bonnies, they had a lot of warranty claims with broken spokes.

Mebbe the wrong grade of SS or mebbe it's qualities are not as good as some steels for flexing.

There is no excuse for the rusty spokes it's down to poor quality plating. The plated steel spokes on my Yam off-road/winter bike are all good at 22 years old & seen plenty of mud/water/snow/ice/salt.

It's not just Triumph spokes, check out the Honda Africa Twin. Likely sourced from same place.

http://www.africatwinforum.com/forum/185-wheels-tires-suspension/5577-pics-spokes.html
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