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How can I keep from rounding my spoke nuts?

The main thing going wrong is the wheel keeps breaking spokes and needing repeat attention. The life cycle of a wheel with a good initial build quality and good components is spokes virtually never ...
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Should rear wheel be trued without cassette?

The rear wheel can be trued both with or without the cassette installed. When building a new wheel, the cassette will always be removed. Otherwise, you could not get the spokes into the hub. The ...
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Is a factory-made wheel being 3.5 mm out of dish a problem?

Taking what you've said: you've been using it for years, it's probably fine left unaltered. How does it look in the fork? is that 3.5mm obvious? is the tyre closer to one side than the other? The ...
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Correct way of centering rear wheel with differential spoke lengths

No, there are different sequences to get to the end result and they all work. Literally bringing the DS spokes to final/full tension first works badly in practice. The reason is that the tension on ...
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20 inch wheels and spoke tension measurement tool

Personally I don't measure spoke tension with anything more complex than tapping the spoke with the spoke key, and squeezing adjacent pairs while de-stressing/relieving tension. I have built two 20&...
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Is a factory-made wheel being 3.5 mm out of dish a problem?

It could be that the wheel is off-center. But you would notice that when you put it in the frame. When your wheel is mounted, check the distances to the chain stays and the seat stays, or to the fork ...
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20 inch wheels and spoke tension measurement tool

It's a challenge. Most tensiometers are bad about it. If what you're working with or building is on the ebike or street/dirt/park side of things, most of those rims are constrained by your ability to ...
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Fix slight twist in rim

Sounds like this rim has had an impact that has distorted the metal, which will increase the difficulty in truing. Your only options are: Pull the rim into true with spoke tension only Bend the rim ...
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Is a factory-made wheel being 3.5 mm out of dish a problem?

That is quite a substantial amount for a conventional wheel to be out of dish. Measuring the way you describe, 0.5mm would be considered about a normal tolerance for a good quality build, and 1mm ...
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How can I keep from rounding my spoke nuts?

Do you have access to accurate measuring tools - a caliper would be adequate. Try measuring across the flats of your spoke-nipples, and then get an inside measurement on your driver tool. There ...
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Wheel truing question

This is not how you true a wheel. You look at a fixed spot, typically the brake pads, and loosen and tighten spokes to move the rim up and down, left and right till it is centered both horizontally ...
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