Yesterday I needed to remove the wheels from my trike because I needed to fit them onto my caravan, whilst removing the wheels I found the hub carrier bolts were not as tight as they had been on build.
I had not thread locked them in place, although they were fitted with spring washers (I know, a blonde moment)
This meant that all but two of the bolts were really quite loose.
I decided to remove them, replace some of them with longer ones, and thread lock the lot of them.
I also replaced what were now starting to look like old black rusty lower and upper shocker bolts with shiny new plated ones.
Just a word of warning, check these plates and make sure the bolts are nice and tight.
Because at 15MPH its no terrible incident, but at 100 MPH you might as well have the phone number of the local coroner on the roll bar.
I used thread locker and high strenght bolts (12.9 in stead of 8.8) on all suspension parts and fastened them on the correct torque.
Another word of advice: remove all paint and coating between hub and upright. If not, these parts will heat up during driving and the coating inbetween will get soft. And then the parts will work themself loose. Trust me: this will happen. I have seen this happen with powder coated rims also...
Sent from my S4 Active.
Fast vehicles are not dangerous... careless drivers are.
It started when I collected my caravan this morning to take it back home to shorten the axle width.
A simple job turned into an epic task, after removing the axle I lost grip on it and it slammed into my head almost knocking me out, it took me a while to compose myself to carry on, blood gushing and all.
I then spent the next 8 hrs making the axles two piece, shorter and bolted to the existing shafts, a task that sounds easy, but when drilling with very little space and physical strength it was a mammoth task for me, some welding to add square section bolt supports to stop the section crushing.
Finally at 9.30pm I get the wheels back on and all looks well.
Caravan ready to go back to the lockup.
It rides much much higher off the ground and not ideally the look I had created, it looks nice with the wheels, and had I more time and more money I would invest in a pair of 4 x 108 hub carriers to mount the wheels lower, but in order to securely fit those it would need the body off so I could weld it all to the chassis......
The plus side is that I no longer have to remove my hugger when towing.
Red & Black Sonic7 - 1.8l Zetec - on the road since June 2011
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