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A Simple Tip to Make It Easier to Install Rear Wheels
It has always been a frustration trying to hold the wheel in the right place and get the lug bolt started--especially so as my age and weight creep ever higher.
I'd often thought how easy it would be to just put a stud in one hole of the hub so you could slide the wheel on it, then line up the rest of the holes with relative ease.
I had visions of a straight stud threaded into the hub with a nut on the back side to lock it in place. Not too difficult, just a little work to cut the head off an appropriate sized bolt, thread it in so it projects out the back side of the hub enough to run a nut on it...etc.
I had to remove one of the fenders on my Sears SS16 today. This required me to remove the rear wheel...by time I was ready to replace the rear wheel, my back mutinied on me...
I said to myself, "Well, today's the day I finally do this and quit thinking about it."
It was actually quite easy--I realized I could run a bolt in from the back side of the hub and snug it down to hold it in place...
In fact, the hardest part of the process was going to the store and getting some 7/16" x 14tpi bolts--they aren't real common, but Cal-Ranch--a local farm store had them in Grade 5 and Grade 8, as well as nuts. I found that a 2" long bolt was just the right size to go through the hub, wheel, and engage all the threads on the nut with about 3"8" coming through... as they say, your results may very. Also, for those that don't know, you measure the length of a bolt from the underside of the head to the end of the bolt.
So, now I have 1 tractor fitted with a stud on the rear wheel hub, I didn't bevel the lug nut--I just ran it down snugly--it covered the hole and bevel as it takes a 11/16" socket whereas the lug bolts are 5/8".
I bought enough bolts to "treat" 4 wheels--total cost of bolts and nuts--about $5.00
Lug bolts on other tractors may be a different diameter and thread pitch--I know the bolts on the MF-7 I set up for mom takes a 9/16" socket, so it may be 3/8" ... but no big deal there.
Hope this helps... please post any questions or comments you have.
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