STAGE 002

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“Use this stage for starting the build the regular version of the wheel rims for the DB5. Go to Stage 004 if you are following the easy-build instructions.

TIP: Agora Models has created a YouTube video showing how these wheels are built: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJAt2nvWEQw

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Wheel Centre and Spokes are metal, and the other parts are plastic.

Tools

  • Tweezers
  • Microfiber Cloth

Build


Building the Outer Wheel Rim (Regular Build)

Step 1

Firmly press the keyed socket of the Wheel Centre down onto the matching post of the Jig, as shown:

Step 2

Firmly press the Outer Wheel Rim onto the Jig as shown, aligning the alignment hole of the Rim over this locating pin of the Jig:

Step 3

Feed the angled end of a Spoke through one of the lower holes on the larger end of the Wheel Centre, as shown:

NOTE: Both bags of Spokes are the same, they are just separated into groups of 24 – one bag for each row of the Wheel Centre:

Step 4

Pull the Spoke through the hole until it can be laid in one of the angled grooves of the Outer Wheel Rim. The supplied Tweezers will help you in these next steps.

Note how the Spoke is angled once fully inserted. It will only comfortably rest in one of the matching angled grooves of the Rim, with the end of the Spoke pointing counter-clockwise as circled below:

Step 5

Feed the angled end of another Spoke through the next lower hole of the Wheel Centre, as shown:

The angled end of this second Spoke should rest two grooves over from the first, again pointing counter-clockwise, as shown.

TIP: If needed, you can slightly rotate the Wheel Centre to adjust the tension on these Spokes:

Step 6

Continue installing the remaining Spokes in the same way, until all twenty-four (24) lower row holes of the Wheel Centre are filled.

I found it quicker to insert all of the lower row Spokes first, then use the Tweezers to place them in their respective grooves:

Once placed correctly, the first row of Spokes should look like this:

Steps 7-9

Open the second bag of Spokes and feed the angled end of a Spoke through one of the upper holes in the Wheel Centre, as shown:

The upper row of Spokes is installed in the same way as the lower row. However, these Spokes need to face the opposite direction – the angled ends should point clockwise once fitted to the Outer Wheel Rim (circled below):

Step 10

Continue moving around the Wheel Centre, inserting and aligning the remaining upper row of Spokes.

You will likely knock other Spokes loose as you complete this step. Don’t worry, you can realign them again once they are all inserted:

Step 11

Fit the straight tab of the Spoke Retainer Ring into the matching slot of the Outer Wheel Rim (circled below), aligning the four rounded tabs around the edge to the matching slots in the Rim.

The rounded tabs of the Ring should angle up away from the Rim, as shown:

As you fit this Ring, ensure none of the Spokes are bumped out of their proper positions:

Step 12

Secure the Spoke Retainer Ring to the Outer Wheel Rim using four (4) PS01 screws.

I recommend loosely installing all four screws, then slowly tightening them a bit at a time in a circular pattern:

Thoughts


While some may consider this stage a bit tedious, I actually found it almost therapeutic to simply put some music on and place the Spokes into this wheel. We still have another two rows of Spokes to install in the next stage, so get your fingers ready!

Next Up


 Stage 003 – Inner Wheel Rim, Spacer Ring, Spokes Type A, Spokes Type B

3 thoughts on “STAGE 002”

  1. I’m envious that you found it therapeutic…this is easily the most rage-inducingly frustrating stage of any partwork I’ve ever attempted. The bottom row wasn’t too bad, but the top row seems impossible. The main problem is that, because the spokes are all the same length but the top ones have slightly farther to go to get into the notches, the top ones don’t quite reach far enough to seat properly. And because they don’t seat properly, it’s in “hold your breath or they’ll move” territory. Add in that, because the ends are hook-shaped, when one inevitably starts to dislodge (again, mainly because the top row is impossible to seat properly), it causes a chain reaction that pulls a ton of them out. I thought I finally had it once I got them all as in as is possible, but then the act of attempting to put the retainer ring on unseats them again. After many, many tries, finally got the retainer ring on…and it didn’t work at all because the top row hadn’t seated properly and immediately came undone even with the retainer ring on. This seems impossible, but it looks so much better than the “easy” version (and even that was really hard, but nothing like this) that I want to keep trying.

    I just really, really wish they’d made the upper and lower spokes slightly different lengths, which would have solved nearly every problem (except the hook-shaped ends constantly causing chain reactions).

  2. To clarify, I assume there must be some trick I’m missing, because your instructions, the manual, and the video all seem to take for granted that it’s possible to get the top row to seat properly. The most I can do is to get them to sort of sit in the notch, with the pointed end of the hook pointing upright, because the top row ones will not reach far enough to hook around the end of the notch no matter what I do. Really hoping I’m just missing something obvious (wouldn’t be the first time…I often have the most trouble with things instruction-writers think are so obvious they don’t need to be mentioned), because I don’t see any way to make this work!

  3. Sorry to be spamming your comment section, but I finally got it after quite a few hours. It turned out there were two “tricks,” one of which was my own stupid mistake I hope others don’t make and the other of which I eventually figured out. Once I took care of both of those, it was still hard as heck, but doable. So, noting these in case they’ll help anyone else.

    1) The jig fits so tightly that it can be very easy to think it’s pressed in all the way when it’s not. I had been worried about damaging the wheel by pressing too hard, but once I pressed the jig in a bit further, the spokes all seated properly.

    2) When threading each spoke, it is vitally important to press down on the wheel centre to help reduce the movement of the other spokes. That makes it *so* much easier.

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