I've obtained an alloy rear rim for my 72XLCH; the correct Harley one, it came out of a 75 XLCH. Having removed the original steel rim from my bike, and obtained what I am fairly sure are the correct spokes from J.W. Boon ( # 43031-70A) my friend who's doing the wheel build tells me that these spokes don't fit. I should add that he's a trusted guy with 30 years of Harley experience. He thinks that the problem lies with the bend in the spokes being too acute; on JW Boon's webite these spokes are advertised as "metric" which I have assumed to mean that they are intended to fit the Borrani rim.
My friend says that three of the spokes will cross over but not the fourth; hopefully that will make sense to someone on here who builds wheels, as I don't have a clue.
I've contacted Patrick (french owl) who is none the wiser, as we've both worked from H-D parts books and the factory service manual. In the absence of a Bruce Palmer equivalent book for Sporties (oh how I wish someone would write it!) does anyone have any clues as to what's going wrong please?