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Attaching wheel weights

Postby capefarm » Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:59 pm

Seeking the easiest way to put on rear wheel weights; wheel lug bolts are frozen, so taking off wheels is not an option. I have a chain hoist, but that will still be a job. Perhaps making a platform out of 2 by stock so weights are at right height and close enough to fasten?

Also, to keeps bolts, nuts, etc. from seizing coat threads with pine tar. They will never seize even in saltwater applications.

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Re: Attaching wheel weights

Postby Don McCombs » Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:05 pm

You might consider something like this...
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Re: Attaching wheel weights

Postby Barnyard » Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:33 pm

Go to the "How To" forum. There are a couple of methods shown there.
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Re: Attaching wheel weights

Postby capefarm » Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:41 pm

capefarm wrote:Seeking the easiest way to put on rear wheel weights; wheel lug bolts are frozen, so taking off wheels is not an option. I have a chain hoist, but that will still be a job. Perhaps making a platform out of 2 by stock so weights are at right height and close enough to fasten?

Also, to keeps bolts, nuts, etc. from seizing coat threads with pine tar. They will never seize even in saltwater applications.
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Re: Attaching wheel weights

Postby Urbish » Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:55 pm

Pine 4x4 bolted through in place of the swiveling pad on a floor jack. I had to sit on the rear of the 4x4 to keep the jack from flipping forward, but this worked great:

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Re: Attaching wheel weights

Postby Clemsonfor » Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:38 pm

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capefarm wrote:Seeking the easiest way to put on rear wheel weights; wheel lug bolts are frozen, so taking off wheels is not an option. I have a chain hoist, but that will still be a job. Perhaps making a platform out of 2 by stock so weights are at right height and close enough to fasten?

Also, to keeps bolts, nuts, etc. from seizing coat threads with pine tar. They will never seize even in saltwater applications.

You can also use "antiseize or neverseize" which is what most of us have on hand and a lot more common in a shop or if you went to the store.

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Re: Attaching wheel weights

Postby ajhbike » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:07 am

many of the pictures aren't there on a few of the HowTo's

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Re: Attaching wheel weights

Postby Lt.Mike » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:16 am

The last couple I mounted after painting the centers and such.
I had the tractor on jack stands. The rims and tires were not mounted to the centers but the centers were mounted on the tractor.
I put a rag on a floor jack plate and having lifted the freshly painted weight onto the jack the hard work was quickly done. With one hand on the weight to keep it balanced I rolled the jack to the center. As the rear of the tractor was on jack stands I could turn the center to line up the holes.
Once bolted to the center I put an old sheet over the center to mount the rim and tire which I wanted bolted to the back of the center.
The sheet prevented the new paint from being scratched as it got it in place.
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Re: Attaching wheel weights

Postby lowgearfarm » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:33 am

Urbish wrote:Pine 4x4 bolted through in place of the swiveling pad on a floor jack. I had to sit on the rear of the 4x4 to keep the jack from flipping forward, but this worked great:

I appreciate the picture of the 4x4 and floor jack solution. I've had a pair of rear wheel weights sitting on the shop floor for 2 years now waiting to go on - but I couldn't quite figure out how I was going to mount them by myself. Your picture gives me the confidence to give your solution a try. And I need the weights; I've been plowing snow, spinning tires (with chains) and scratching up the driveway for too long. Thanks.

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Re: Attaching wheel weights

Postby Matt Kirsch » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:34 am

There's a counterbore on both sides of the wheel weight, so what I did was put the carriage bolts in and threaded nuts on all of them to hold them in place on the wheel center. Then I grabbed the wheel weight and slid it on the protruding bolts. Then I threaded a nut on the top one to hold it while I put nuts and washers on the other three.

Wasn't nothing to it but to do it, as they say. I realize not everyone is capable of just picking up a 150lb chunk of steel and doing that, but any of the alternate lifting techniques shown here are also compatible with my method.

Using nuts to hold the bolts instead of trying to juggle the 150lb weight and try to install bolts at the same time makes it SO much easier.

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Re: Attaching wheel weights

Postby SONNY » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:13 pm

A stack of wood blocks might work but I found the best 2 ways were the loader of course, and my engine hoist.
If you could rig a couple of strong boards in an A-frame or 3 in a temporary tri-pod then use a come-a-long hooked in the top, it should work.
Finding a healper usually is not an option, so I understand your problem.

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Re: Attaching wheel weights

Postby gitractorman » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:07 pm

I found an easy way is to lay a 2x4, about 3-feet long, on the rim between the wheel and rim, then set the wheel weight notch on the 2x4 and just lift the weight up into place with the 2x4. The 2x4 will hold the weight up against the wheel dish, and you can get a bolt through and nut started with one hand. If your rims are freshly painted, throw a towel on the rim beneath the 2x4. I've done a bunch of them this way and it works great.
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Re: Attaching wheel weights

Postby Drfting1 » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:22 am

I use a farm jack.. grabs it in the center pretty good, I just make sure I wear my steel toe boots anytime I play with those weights lol.
I'll take a couple pictures next time I do it.
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Re: Attaching wheel weights

Postby ShawnAgne » Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:57 pm

I use an engine hoist similar to what is shown. This year only got to use it once to plow snow.
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Re: Attaching wheel weights

Postby Slim140 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:35 pm

Matt Kirsch wrote:There's a counterbore on both sides of the wheel weight, so what I did was put the carriage bolts in and threaded nuts on all of them to hold them in place on the wheel center. Then I grabbed the wheel weight and slid it on the protruding bolts. Then I threaded a nut on the top one to hold it while I put nuts and washers on the other three.

Wasn't nothing to it but to do it, as they say. I realize not everyone is capable of just picking up a 150lb chunk of steel and doing that, but any of the alternate lifting techniques shown here are also compatible with my method.

Using nuts to hold the bolts instead of trying to juggle the 150lb weight and try to install bolts at the same time makes it SO much easier.

I just put these back on the way Matt suggested but I used 2 bolts instead of one and once the weight is slid on it will actually sit there with no nuts like in this picture, do hold it in place though. It was pretty simple although I'll be feeling it later.
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