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Old 05-21-2019, 07:59 AM
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Starting a rebuild of an older galvanized tandem axle continental trailer that has been sitting neglected for over 10 years.

I started by trying to take the lug nuts off. Hit em with penetrating oil, breaker bars, heat, etc. I got a few lugs off but snapped a few off as well.

Decided to hell with it I'm replacing the hubs so off the hubs came with the rims still bolted on.

Now, the rims are galvanized and in good shape, so I want to re-use them.

So now that I have the hub off with the rim/'tires still on due to the rusty lug nuts, whats the easiest way to get these rims off the hub?

I've thought about a dremel with a cut off wheel and cut each lug off, angle grinder (dont want to mess up the rim though), etc. Not sure how I'd get a sawzall in there but I have one.

Appreciate any suggestions.

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big breaker bar with a pipe over it and snap the studs off.
Old 05-21-2019, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
big breaker bar with a pipe over it and snap the studs off.
But its hot out and I like power tools and sparks!

Might be a little difficult since I took the hubs off the axles already. However that is my last resort.

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That is a lot of work for some rusty old rims. Price up tires with rims and without. It may not be worth the effort to save them. I would save one to use as a spare, but that is it.
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Originally Posted by OneMoreDay View Post
That is a lot of work for some rusty old rims. Price up tires with rims and without. It may not be worth the effort to save them. I would save one to use as a spare, but that is it.
rims have no rust and are actually in good shape.

But I have done the cost comparison and its about $150. If I can save them for under an hour of my times its worth it
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Take the wheels to a tire shop. Have them put the impact on it. May take a little bit but they will bust free.

Or take a torch the the back side of the stud on the hubs. That will allow the stud to fall through the front of the wheel. Will take about 30 seconds per hub
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Originally Posted by simeoncoleman View Post
Take the wheels to a tire shop. Have them put the impact on it. May take a little bit but they will bust free.

Or take a torch the the back side of the stud on the hubs. That will allow the stud to fall through the front of the wheel. Will take about 30 seconds per hub
Okay so torch the stud from the back side of the hub and hammer it out? Sounds easy enough?
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Candle wax is your friend. Amazes me how well this simple little trick works especially on lug nuts
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Ingersol Rand makes an impact wrench that will snap those studs in about 2 seconds each. The wrench makes a really funny sound compared to most pneumatic impact wrenches. It's a beast. If you can find a shop that has one of those and 2 stage compressor to drive it, you're done. With the tires loose, an impact is really your best weapon. I'm not a big fan of cutting torches. Seems like something you want to keep always gets damaged.
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I just got tires and rims for $60 on sale at Walmart save your time
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Originally Posted by WPBTH View Post
I just got tires and rims for $60 on sale at Walmart save your time
I need 14" 5x4.5 wheels with a radial tire. Is that what you bought?

have looked at walmart but can't replicate that price?
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Originally Posted by mskin314 View Post
Okay so torch the stud from the back side of the hub and hammer it out? Sounds easy enough?
By torch stud, I believe he means Oxy acetylene, aka melt it off. Any automotive shop should be able to do it with the methods above in no time.
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Sounds like a good excuse to buy a tool, and THIS ONE should do the job in a 'snap'.
Use HF 20% OFF any single item, or on Memorial day, they have a 25%OFF coupon. So for ~ $75-$80 you can not only get the job done, but have a useful tool added to your stable.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
big breaker bar with a pipe over it and snap the studs off.
I like that idea, but I've got a 1" drive impact driver backed by 175 psi so I'd just snap them off .....rent one or take your two wheels over to a truck stop and buy the guy a box of donuts and coffee to have him twist them off.
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Originally Posted by TurboJoe View Post
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For the time involved and potential damage to the rims you are trying to save I’d go with the it’s not worth the time messing with it crowd.
But if you want to get them off with limited tools try drilling through the back side then break the nut and stud off. It worked for an atv rim of mine....
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Take them to the shop that you end up buying the tires from and let them deal with it. Preferably English as second language shop.
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would not want galvanized rims on my trailer
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would not want galvanized rims on my trailer

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