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?