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03-25-2006 13:13:09

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Well I needed to replace the left rear tire on my 530CK backhoe because of severe dry rot. Made a special trip to Bill Wallace's place up north of Memphis. Worked out a deal with him and brought back a good rim with a nice tire on it.

Went to mount it on my backhoe and realized that the previous owner had replaced all the wheel bolts (5/8 diameter)with wheel studs. He bored the axle hub out to .8 inch id and used monster sized studs and then welded up a thick spacer on the backside of the wheel to make the studs fit properly.

The way I see it I have 4 options:

1. Find wheel studs that fit the .8 inch id hole in the hub and have the correct 5/8 thread for use with the wheel.

2. Remove the axle and have a machine shop re-machine 8 new holes in the hub so I can use the original style factory wheel bolts.

3. Buy a replacement axle and install it.

4. Drill the holes out in the wheel and use a spacer behind the wheel to make up the difference where the shoulder sticks to far through the hub.

I like option 1 the best because it would be the fastest and eaiest.

Option 2 would likely be my second choice.

Any suggestions on where I can find wheel studs that have .8 inch serrated shank, 1/2 inch long serrated section and 5/8 thread?



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03-25-2006 19:15:08

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 Re: Backyard engineering in reply to BKahler, 03-25-2006 13:13:09  
Option #5. Remount your new tire on the rim that is on your tractor!

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03-26-2006 18:52:02

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 Re: Backyard engineering in reply to DKase, 03-25-2006 19:15:08  

Actually I thought of that earlier but the original wheel is in pretty poor condition so thats one of the reasons I was looking for a better rim.

I think what I'm actually going to do is drill eight new holes and buy the correct size 5/8 wheel studs and install them. Won't be fun drilling holes that are slightly over 1/2 inch through the hub but it seems to be my best alternative for the time being.


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