Lifting your wheel onto the hub.

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 15:55
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I saw advertised a gizmo that you can pump up to raise your road wheel to the height of your hub so as to make it easier to get the wheel onto the hub. - ie. no lifting involved. Any one out there know of this gizmo?? Thanks G.T.
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Reply By: Member - Craig F (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 16:02

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 16:02
Long handle Tyre Lever. Saves carring something that will not get used often.
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Follow Up By: Geoff in SA - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 16:36

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 16:36
Agrees with the tyre lever
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 16:04

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 16:04
How high are you jacking the car of the ground??
I jack the car just until the tyre is off the ground, half an inch or so I guess.
I just slip my wheel brace under the tyre and use it to lift the tyre onto the hub/studs no effort required.

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Follow Up By: splits - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 20:55

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 20:55
John

I have been doing it that way since the 1960s. I always use a breaker bar and socket and find it as easy as can be. In my younger days at work I would have the wheels off about five or six Cruisers each week and you soon worked out the easiest way to do it.

I would line up the studs fairly close to the right position with the wheel on the ground then sit on my right heel, place my left toe under the front of the wheel, my left hand on top of it and the bar as close in under the rear of the wheel as possible. All that was needed then was a gentle lift with the bar and the wheel was on even if it was two or three inches off the ground. It is easy to rotate the wheel slightly while it is in the air if the studs don't line up perfectly by moving the bar and your toe from side to side while the bar takes about 99% of the weight. I have also done it while wearing thongs without any problems.
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 16:36

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 16:36
I use a Long Handle Shovel.

The blade has a slight curve and it's easy to lift the wheel.

I only jack the vehicle high enough to spin the wheel.

When the wheel is removed I place it under the Door Sill just in case the jack moves.

It hasn't happened yet but best to be on the safe side.

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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 18:05

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 18:05
Me too Dazza.

It is shaped just right isn't it?
And the long handle makes the job effortless.

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Follow Up By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 19:00

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 19:00
Me too...

Slides around easy on the ground too with the weight of the wheel.

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Follow Up By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 19:10

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Reply By: Member - Royce- Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 17:41

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 17:41
Sit on the ground. Put your feet on either side of the wheel and gently lift with by twisting your feet. This leaves your hands free and in just the right place to pop the nuts on.


if however the tyre drops.... it's your nuts......
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Reply By: Member - Rob S (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 17:55

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 17:55
Hi G.T

Hahn eezy lift


http://www.hahneezywheellift.com/Information.htm



Here's another style listed on ebay $59.99
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 18:57

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 18:57
That one on Ebay is available at Repco stores. When it's on special it's about $50 or so.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 23:52

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 23:52
We got the same one as Gone Bush from Repco - around 49.95. It is very compact when packed and not heavy. Marvellous for to use on our big tyres which are now heavy as ageing backs turn lightweight tasks into difficult ones.

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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 00:05

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 00:05
Lift the wheel? Isn't it easier to lower the hub?

Simply position the wheel in front of the hub and then slowly lower the jack until alignment. Then push the wheel straight on.

Always works for me. Or am I missing something here?

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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 08:22

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 08:22
agree ....Your spot on Allan
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 10:56

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 10:56
X2... what was that about not lowering the river.....just raise the bridge.....or something like that....lol....my old back is long past doing it the hard way


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Reply By: vk1dx - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 09:43

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 09:43
I saw that device but stuck with the long handled shovel. You can also rotate the wheel as you lift it with the shovel. Pretty much like someone said before.

My problem is lifting the wheel onto the carrier at the back of the car. I can't. But I never go out into the bush alone so its not a hassle.

I just found this on another forum. It's not the one I saw that I mentioned but it's worth checking out.

One advantage it has over anything metallic is that it would fold up and almost fit in your back pocket. I may even get one myself. Being air operated is not a problem either. You should be carrying a 12V pump any way.

Air operated lifter

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 10:23

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 10:23
Phil, I also find it difficult to lift the wheel up onto the rear door. I can manage it, but only just.

Getting the wheel up onto the roof rack is another matter. I use a block & tackle made with yachting components that provide a 3x purchase. I could also use this to lift the wheel onto the rear door if need be. Better than giving yourself an injury!

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 10:35

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 10:35
We have a rack on the roof but I elected to give that a miss. I am betting that I only need one spare. The underneath spare space is occupied by a long range fuel and water combination tank.

If we win the lottery I may change the rear bar to a dual wheel setup that swings down to ground level. I saw them on a mates trayback with a canopy and it was just the ticket. They swing up and lock into place on the back of the canopy. But that's exy. I would prefer to have two spares but with the roof top tent on top there isn't room up there even if I could lift a spare up top.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 10:02

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 10:02
Yes Phil, I'm thinking of giving the 2nd spare on the roof the flick also. Never needed it and I do carry a comprehensive tyre repair kit. On special occasions I may elect to carry just an old worn casing to get me out of trouble.

I have seen a swing-down spare wheel arrangement that looked pretty good to me. You are only lifting half the weight.

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 11:12

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 11:12
Allan

Oh for a few more $1000 dollars. You would have to get a full steel rear bar with a frame built on it to take the swing down wheel carriers. And then have it built so that you could swing the whole lot out of the way to get to the rear door. I do not believe I will ever get one.

Last flat was in 1969 in my girlfriend's mini at Oran park and she would not let me change it for her. We later married and are still together (43 years).

This "hobby" is full of compromises hey! I am betting on one spare and a good repair kit also. And thinking further, I may even add an inner tube to the spares box.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 11:42

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 11:42
Phil, the swing-down I saw was attached to the gull-wing canopy of a tray-back cruiser. It was just a hinged tubular A-frame which finished up on the outside of the wheel. I would think that it could be attached on my Troopy directly on the rear door. It is really only to raise the wheel into position then secure the wheel onto the original mount.

Yes, it pays to carry an inner tube even when running on tubeless tyres. I carry a couple of tubes.



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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 12:00

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 12:00
That is a different matter. We have a single Kaymar carrier. I am going to think about an "A" frame on the Kaymar. Thanks.

We have a 100 series with swing up top door and a tailgate. We preferred to get the tailgate as a kitchen bench.

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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 15:07

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 15:07
This has all been discussed before. Have a look at Thread 83498/ Heavy Wheels It has very similar posts and photos of lifters,racks etc.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 15:21

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 15:21
Yes but that was over a year ago and wheels have got a lot heavier since then!

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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 15:27

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 15:27
Yer, tell me about it. The weight gain of my vehicle tyres has increased at the same rate as my bodily spare tyre.
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Reply By: Member - G.T. - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 16:31

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 16:31
Thanks to all that have replied. Rod N, vk1dx & Rob S (NSW) came up with the Hahn Easy Lift. That is the one I was looking for. Those who suggested alternative ways of doing the job -- thank you As this may be a Mother`s Day present I think I will play it safe by giving the Hahn easy lift! Regards G.T.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 16:37

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at 16:37
Your'e going to give this to your mother?

What was last year's gift........ a wheelbarrow? LOL

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