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Rear Wheel Weights

Postby tieman » Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:00 am

Anyone know of an easy way to put the rear wheel weight back on my cub without destroying my paint job? Done it 20 years ago on another cub by myself but cant recall how I done it. Old age I guess?
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Re: Rear Wheel Weights

Postby tmays » Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:37 am

Several ways have been posted, and they are all good ways. I like to roll tractor till a mounting hole is straight up. I slide long metal rod through weight. Lift weight and slide rod through hole on wheel. Have to have bolts handy. Doesn't take much to hold it there once it's there. Of course, this method requires lifting weight. You could start with weight already at height needed. I like this method because it's quick
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Re: Rear Wheel Weights

Postby gitractorman » Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:46 am

I figured out years ago. Set the rear wheels so the lugs are positioned like in your photo below (only rotated so the opening is exactly on the bottom), where there is space between the wheel and rim at the bottom. Then take a 2x4 about 4-feet long, set it on the rim (silver part, I lay a towel on it first), then stand the weight up on the 2x4 where the notch is cut out of the side of the weight. The weight will stand there pretty easily and not want to roll away because of the notch in the weight. Then, with one hand on the top of the weight (to steady it), and the other on the end of the 2x4, you can slide the weight towards the rim and lift it into place at the same time, using the 2x4 as a lever. It's actually pretty easy to do this way. Then, you can hold the weight against the wheel with the 2x4, just by lifting up a little bit on the 2x4. The weight will stay cupped to the wheel, so you can now take your hand off the top of the weight, and use it to put the two top bolts through from the back of the rim. With the bolts through from the back, you can use the same hand to start the nuts on those two and bring them up snug. Repeat for the bottom two bolts. Then you can pull out the 2x4 and tighten up all the nuts.

I wish I had taken photos because it's hard to explain, but super simple once you see it done. I'm convinced that the weights were specifically designed to be installed this way, because there's no other reason for the cutout on the outside of the weight.

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Re: Rear Wheel Weights

Postby Bob McCarty » Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:57 am

Here's another idea from the "how to" forum: viewtopic.php?f=143&t=29875 I've done it by making a "ramp" by stacking 2 x 6's to the right height and rolling the weight up the ramp.

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Re: Rear Wheel Weights

Postby Bill V in Md » Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:07 am

The easiest way that I have found is to use an engine hoist (if you have one or something similar). It does an excellent job of protecting the paint. Just make sure your bolts are long enough to transfer the weight from the lift to the wheel. See photos:
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Re: Rear Wheel Weights

Postby tieman » Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:35 am

These are all great ideas...I knew I came to the right place. Thank you all.

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Re: Rear Wheel Weights

Postby cub.bub » Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:58 am

ALL Great Ideas......but you might want some touch up paint handy too. It never fails, no matter how careful you are. :oops:
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Re: Rear Wheel Weights

Postby Jim Becker » Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:29 pm

gitractorman wrote:. . . no other reason for the cutout on the outside of the weight.

Clearance to access the valve stem. Be sure to mount the weights with the notch in line with the stem.

I made a hook out of a short piece of rebar. One end slides into a bolt hole on the weight and the other into a link of a piece of chain. I ground the ribs off the weight end to be a little easier on the paint. An engine hoist or overhead hoist can do the lifting.

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Re: Rear Wheel Weights

Postby Matt Kirsch » Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:12 pm

I get fully-threaded carriage bolts, and nut them on to the wheel centers so they are sticking out like studs. Then I carefully slide the weight on to the studs. Add nuts and washers.

Give your paint at least a month to harden unless you absolutely need the tractor. Otherwise the wheel weight will sink into the still-soft paint and glue itself in place. It won't be evident until you go to remove the weights.

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Re: Rear Wheel Weights

Postby Garvin Gatewood » Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:24 pm

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I made this tool to install my wheel weights. The tilt can be adjusted by changing the position of the bolt.
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Re: Rear Wheel Weights

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:27 pm

Here is a picture of a rig I made to use with an engine hoist. Note, it is lifting 2 weights in the picture. I made it tall enough and deep enough to use for the weights on my H also,

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Re: Rear Wheel Weights

Postby EarlyCub49 » Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:44 pm

I like Barnyard's method installing wheel weights, he uses a 2x6 with holes drilled at the proper height of the hole in the wheel and bolts all thread to the 2x6 lays the wheel weight on the 2x6 with the bolted stud elevated enough to pickup the 2x6 then raises it up and inserts the bolts from the wheel to the wheel weight. this method worked for me. Thanks Bill.
Maybe he will be along I'm not sure but maybe there is a video he made or a measurement somewhere floating around

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Re: Rear Wheel Weights

Postby dgrapes59 » Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:56 pm

EarlyCub49 wrote:I like Barnyard's method installing wheel weights, he uses a 2x6 with holes drilled at the proper height of the hole in the wheel and bolts all thread to the 2x6 lays the wheel weight on the 2x6 with the bolted stud elevated enough to pickup the 2x6 then raises it up and inserts the bolts from the wheel to the wheel weight. this method worked for me. Thanks Bill.
Maybe he will be along I'm not sure but maybe there is a video he made or a measurement somewhere floating around

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I thought Barnyard's method was getting me to lift it up and he puts the nuts on the bolts. .... :wink:
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Re: Rear Wheel Weights

Postby DRaymond » Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:59 pm

The method using the 1/2" rod inserted into the 2x8 worked for me and was fast, fast, fast.
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Re: Rear Wheel Weights

Postby Barnyard » Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:05 pm

dgrapes59 wrote:I thought Barnyard's method was getting me to lift it up and he puts the nuts on the bolts. ....

Yes, that is definitely my method. I find that easier than lifting a board. Actually the board method is in the How To forum, but not my idea.
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