I have seen spokes installed on car wheels but I am having trouble using that method with TT rear wheels. I would appreciate any hints or methods that have worked for you .
Good luck Neil, I did mine that way. I had a very hard time of it. Much harder than my cars wheels which I also did. I used small string to keep the spokes somewhat correctly lined up. That helped allot, then I had to git a big breaker bar. I could not pull hard enough with a regular wrench. I still was hard pressed!! and I stripped my all thread twice, but it held the spokes in position good enough that I was able to move the all thread to a section where the threads were still ok. Those spokes are tight!! If I was to try in again, I would have a friend helper. It was really to hard for me to try it again alone. Hopefully some one here well know a trick to it. Are you using new spokes? I heard their making them now. They were not when I did mine, so I cleaned mine up the best I could, they look hammered old, but they are still very strong. Good luck.
I've done a couple of them and they are a bear. Where do you live? I had access to a press table which allowed us to do it by elevating the felloe and then setting the spoke in place followed by evenly pushing the felloe down. We weren't having much luck the other way. I rate it about a 3 1/2 beer job.
Makes you wonder if the spokes might be a tad long? 'Course, they are on a one ton truck.
If I had to get new TT spokes and couldn't find them ready-made, I'd send some old ones to Stutzman and have him make some for me. But as many wheels as he does, he probably already has them.
The spokes are new, made by stutzman. I should have let him install but he is in Ohio & I'm inNew Mexico. 4 wheels to do for 2 firetrucks.
I have done 30 x 3-1/2, but never the 32 x 4-1/2 on the rear of my TT. It's good to know I can get the spokes, but after hearing you guys, I hope I never have to do that job.
hi neilwhere did you get the new spokes from.i have to redo my 26 tt wheels
Here you go, Kenny:
33656 County Rd 12
Baltic, OH 43804
I have new spokes for my TT,and there is a corner they forgot to trim off.Dont know where my photos are but i just about have given up instaling them.
I tried several times and had no luck.I am to the point if I need them fixed for sure,I will have to ask for help.
It is my opionion the spokes are to long but I dont know for sure.Been a while since I messed with them.
So, you still think you need new spokes?
Yes the wood is dry rot they are not soild.
stutzman wheel doesnt answer phone and dosent call back when leave message.its been a month i benn trying.found some othercompany wants $240 for tt rear wheel,he doesnt sell the spokes.
Instead of the 5/8 tread bar with nuts in the middle of the wheel press you have to use a 20 ton hydraulic press and it will work the same way.
Stutzmans ( stootsmans) don't need the work, and they aren't going to chase it. Amish are notorious for not returning messages. If you need wheels rebuilt, any kind, even really oddball ones such as fancy spokes, or hard rubber tires, just send them to Noah and family. You'll get them back and you'll love the work and the bill. Work on other stuff until they get back to you. I'm a do-it-yerselfer, but in my opinion, you cannot come close to doing them yourself for the price.
who is that where do i find them.thanks
Noah Stutzman address above