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I have a springer softail with a wide glide hub and stock 21" laced to it. I am trying to lace a 19" rim I bought to the the hub. I consulted Buchanan's on spoke length. I cannot for the life of me figure this pattern out. I am thinking I have bought a rim that will not work. Every rim I have looked at all have an alternating nipple pattern, one in one out each going opposite directions. This rim has two in and the two out and each set of two faces same direction. I am using the cross four pattern and have about four different harley manuals and have tried several different spoke directions and I still cannot even come close. please take a look and see if this is the wrong rim or am I just not doing it right. thanks in advance for any input.
 

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I've been through that thread a couple times and would help but those rims have same pattern as my stock rims. I have no idea what this rim came off of, I thought it was a sportster but I guess not. thanks though
 

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Your rims appear to be English, and may have a part number stamped in them somewhere, either 37-1230 or W-1230 I'm guessing. Or that's replacement for one of those rims. Triumph and BSA used them especially on the full width TLS front brake. The '64-'72 Sportster/Superglide front drum brake rim used the same 2 x 2 pattern. (which means it's also drilled for a larger hub and the spoke angle is a little off.) I'm not sure it will work, but if you can get some good pics, or better yet see one of those wheels in person, maybe you could figure out the directionality. You will still have to lace cross 4 for the length of your spokes.
 

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those dont look like the hole pattern that matches your hub
the correct one that will match your hub has the holes facing opposite direction on every hole not in sets of two like that rim is
 

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I cant find a number stamped in the rim but I did just find a rim that looks the same on here for sale and he says early sportster with drum brake. I am just going to buy correct rim and sell this one.
 

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Rims with that hole pattern are common on '70s ironhead Sportsters. The spokes from both flanges go to one side, then the other. It usually involves intertwining the spokes to make it work. Same as lacing a star hub up to a 19" deep drop center -70 or -74 part number H-D rim. It will work, but it is fiddly. One spoke will go in (be sure to match the angle) and then the one from the opposite flange goes in to the adjacent hole facing the same direction. since they cross from side to side you may have to lay one over a couple spokes and under the rest. An odd pattern but it works.
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I had the same problem and after much headaches I ended up with a cross three pattern. I had a wide glide hub and a modern 19" x 2.15" rim. Hope this helps.
 

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I'll second the Sportser front drum hub notion. I just laced a stock front wheel for a 72 and it has that same pattern.
 

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I've been learning to lace myself and having fun at it. That wheel could also be for hubs that use two very different spoke lengths alternating on each side. I would just pick up wheel on the bay (or here) for about 50 bucks and go that route. You do want to be careful about the drill angle of the nipple holes though or you can end up with lacing whip. After you look at a few you develop an eye for it, the more centered the hole is on the dimple the smaller the hub will be.
 
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