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Taking apart rear rims

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01-11-2003 08:06:52

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I've got a wd45 that I want to repaint the rear rims. I was wondering if it is feasible to take apart the rim while it is on the tractor and just remove the outer part with the tire. Mine has the power adjust rims, was wondering if I just remove the eight nuts and then take the rims apart. My other question is can the power adjust rims be moved in manually ... that is not using the tractors power to adjust them. Need some advice on this so I don't hurt myself.
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Norm/ IL.

01-11-2003 21:30:27

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 Re: Taking apart rear rims in reply to ksmith, 01-11-2003 08:06:52  
OK Kevin,just this afternoon I was working on my WD45 with the power adjust rims. I need info on the eccentrics myself,cause I had to take the 8 bolts out of the cast pieces because the others were rusted too. Seems the previous owner had calcium in the tire and we all know what that does to rims and etc! Anybody out there know where t get new eccentric bolts? Norm

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01-12-2003 14:26:41

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 Re: Re: Taking apart rear rims in reply to Norm/ IL., 01-11-2003 21:30:27  
I can think of two ways to get excentrics. One is to buy them from a dealer. These tractors are considered working tractors and these parts may well sitll be available. The other way is to have someone with a machine shop (amateur friend or pro) make more. They would need to be made of a tool steel and be hardened and tempered.

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01-11-2003 19:50:59

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 Re: Taking apart rear rims in reply to ksmith, 01-11-2003 08:06:52  
If you can not loosen the 4 excentrics taking out the 8 bolts that hold the brackets is the only way to get the rimoff of the wheel. And you will need to sledge hammer it off. If you can back off the excentrics with a breaker bar with a pipe extention on it you should be able to unbolt it like you want to. Clean and grease the excentrics and the cast brackets.

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01-11-2003 12:19:47

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 Re: Taking apart rear rims in reply to ksmith, 01-11-2003 08:06:52  
Both of the things you want to do are feasible. I would attempt to move each of the eccentric bolts first, just to make sure they are loose. If they are not, one advantage to taking the cast part loose from the wheel is that then the cast with the tight eccentric could be heated to loosen it. As far as reassembly, it should be no more difficult than rebolting the wheel to the hub. If you're working alone it wouldn't hurt to chain the rim and tire to a hoist, cherrypicker, etc. so it can't fall on you- especially if it has fluid in it.

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01-11-2003 08:58:05

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 Re: Taking apart rear rims in reply to ksmith, 01-11-2003 08:06:52  

In my opinion it will be easier to work on them by removing the whole assembly. It would be tough getting everything lined up and then getting the bolts in at the same time. In theory you should be able to adjust the wheels by loosening the eccentrics, jacking up the tractor, locking the brakes and rotating the wheel by hand......but the eccentrics are usually rusted up and won't release all the way.

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David Maddux

01-12-2003 05:19:05

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 Re: Re: Taking apart rear rims in reply to Eldon, 01-11-2003 08:58:05  
When I restored my D15 my ecentrics were hard to remove, some one had painted them with a brush and some kind of rubbery latex paint. The sandblaster would not touch the things, the sand would just bounce off. So I put them in a 5 gallon bucket with some dirty laquer thinner and set them on fire. When it burnt out the rust and paint fell off like dust and sandblasted fast and clean. Then I painted them, but before I put them back together I put antiseize on the cams, should come off real easy next time. Dave.

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Tom Il.

01-12-2003 07:22:06

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 Re: Re: Re: Taking apart rear rims in reply to David Maddux, 01-12-2003 05:19:05  
I have done a couple of tractors with stuck ecentrics. The easiest way I have found is to take complete wheel off tractor lay it down and unbolt ecentrics. Then you can take them completly apart clean and lube them should never have a problem with them again.

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