View Full Version : small project in the shop today (wheel truing stand)

12-16-2012, 8:48 PM
So I got this cheapo wheel truing stand from a very good friend of mine for free
he bought it on ebay and it was awful it wouldnt line up straight no matter what and wobbled all over the place
the side legs were made of cheap thin material that flexed as the wheel spun on it making it impossible to get anything trued up on it

so I needed to lace up and true a nice Hex Hub Spool to an original Akront 21" hoop with some nice Buchanans stainless spokes and instead of running it over to my friends shop I figured it was a good time to re work that truing stand so I can take care of this in my own shop

this is what I started with
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I had to shave down the bearing cones so that actually fit the wheel bearings properly so I tossed them into the lathe
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then I got to work on making the threaded rods for the bearing cones to slide over and secure into place
I used some 3/4" threaded rod and turned them down to match the ends on the stock rods (which were metric thread)
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the original is on the left and the one I made is on the right
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took some 2"x2" square tube that I wanted to use as the new legs so they would be nice and sturdy and cut them to length then drilled them out on the mill for holes for the new rods to pass through
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new legs up into place and a mock up alignment rod in place to hold everything true
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I added some bracing on the bottom to keep it all nice and stiff and not flex
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then added in some braces so the legs would stay firmly in place
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welded up the nuts and washers to the legs to have a piece to thread the bearing cone shafts into and be nice and sturdy
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and shes all done nice and sturdy
I trued up the new wheel with it just fine and I was very pleased with how well it works
it works as good as some of the $600 truing stands Ive used before
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12-16-2012, 9:11 PM
And you got it for free, ha ha..seriously is nice work..

12-16-2012, 9:37 PM
It is a shame how cheap they make those stands, they are really only good for bicycles. Nice job on that and thanks for posting.

12-16-2012, 10:55 PM
I have some tuff truing stands[got with a basket this year], whats the space [inches] between the risers, the perpendicular stands. Been tripping on building some rims, or truing up the kelsey hays i got.
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