How to Make a Motorcycle Truing Stand

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How to Make a Motorcycle Truing Stand
All wire wheels must be trued. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Truing stands are used to check the wobble and run-out of motorcycle wheels. A recently constructed or suspect wheel is rotated on an axle on a stand and the side to side and up and down movement of the rim is measured with a dial indicator or other device. Well-manufactured truing stands cost as little as £97, and if you intend to build multiple wheels they are worth the investment. Some skilled wheel builders can make do with a pair of plastic milk crates and a wire clothes hanger. For a similar DIY design you can use a swap meet swing arm and other cheap, used motorcycle parts and it should cost about a third as much as a manufactured truing stand.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Bench vice
  • Motorcycle swing arm
  • Bubble level
  • Rear axle
  • Two 2 inch washers
  • Two bearing spacers
  • Two sealed rear bearings
  • Rear axle nut
  • Box wrench
  • Magnetic dial indicator

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Bolt the front of a motorcycle swing arm vertically in a bench vice. Level the top of the swing arm with a bubble level.

  2. 2

    Insert the hex end of a used, unbent motorcycle axle through, in order, a two inch washer, the swing arm axle hole, a bearing spacer, a sealed wheel bearing assembly, the wheel to be trued, a second sealed wheel bearing assembly, a second bearing spacer, the other side of the swing arm and a second 2 inch washer.

  3. 3

    Tighten the rear axle nut to the axle with a box wrench.

  4. 4

    Attach a magnetic dial indicator to the vice to check for run-out error. Attach the magnetic dial indicator to the swing arm to check for wobble.

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