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A naive question?

Postby RustyKnuckles » Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:19 pm

I'm a newbie Cub owner, trying to avoid serious mistakes....

I want to take my rear wheels off to switch them to a narrower track. My question is - how heavy are those puppies? Can one person maneuver them, or get them back up if they are laid on their sides? "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up!!" Don't want to have that happen with these wheels.

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Re: A naive question?

Postby Barnyard » Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:26 pm

If they are not loaded with calcium you can easily move them. With calcium they will be 150 pounds or so and quite a bit harder to manage. I usually lean the tire on something to keep from having to pick it up off the ground.
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Re: A naive question?

Postby Bill Hudson » Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:11 pm

Barnyard has you covered, however, in addition, I would strongly recommend wedging the front end before doing anything with the rear wheels. Do a search on wedging the front end and you should get lots of helpful suggestions.

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Re: A naive question?

Postby Don McCombs » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:59 pm

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Re: A naive question?

Postby danovercash » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:31 pm

Weights? Ballast? Like barnyard said keep them vertical! I can move mine with ballast and weights, but they are a handful. Think of them as Harley Hoggs. Don't know iffin I could pick one of them up either.
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Re: A naive question?

Postby pickerandsinger » Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:24 am

danovercash wrote:Think of them as Harley Hoggs. Don't know iffin I could pick one of them up either.
.....My 130 pound wife picked one up off me about 10 years ago (in my drinking days) :shock: ...Right in my driveway after a VFW meeting :oops: ..Course she was quite mad when she did it.... :lol: :lol: But in answer to the post, I've got a shop crane/engine puller from Harbor Freight that works quite nicely for that..(the tire issue)...And a couple wooden wedges just to be safe...
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Re: A naive question?

Postby danovercash » Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:52 am

I used the crane function of a trailered bucket when I removed the left side to deal with CalC problems. Last flat on right, just manhandled. Still have to put both weights back on. Might need to arrange for shop crane.
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Re: A naive question?

Postby Rudi » Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:26 pm

The rear wheels don't weight all that much .. probably 100 lbs - 150 lbs or so unloaded. The wheel weights also weigh about 150 lbs .. so you will probably want to take them off. I do .. otherwise it is just too heavy. I also have an overhead chain fall and an electric hoist to help. Work smart, Work safe and don't lift more than you can safely do. A shop crane is really a great piece of equipment to have.
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