Removing Wheel Weights

Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:26 pm

I have thought about removing wheel weights as my tires are loaded with calcium and I am mostly hilling and weeding with the cub,
are the wheel weights to heavy for me to remove on my own and how heavy are they,,,


thanks
Rocket man

Re: Removing Wheel Weights

Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:29 pm

Each ones weighs 150 lbs. I usually remove all the nuts and let it fall off (if you don't have pretty paint).

Bob

Re: Removing Wheel Weights

Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:55 pm

Bob McCarty wrote:Each ones weighs 150 lbs. I usually remove all the nuts and let it fall off (if you don't have pretty paint).

Bob
Be sure the valve stem is turned up and put a piece of 2x4 or 2x6 on the rim to take the impact, and keep your toes out of the way.

Re: Removing Wheel Weights

Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:59 pm

I just call David Grapes to come over and lift them off for me. :D

Re: Removing Wheel Weights

Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:41 am

Barnyard wrote:I just call David Grapes to come over and lift them off for me. :D


Got his number handy?

Re: Removing Wheel Weights

Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:32 pm

Barnyard wrote:I just call David Grapes to come over and lift them off for me. :D
Doing things like that is a contributing factor to my having a bad back and 2 artificial hips.

Re: Removing Wheel Weights

Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:51 pm

Thinking of John's back, and the tire and rim.... When I put my wheel weights on, I cobbled together a ramp to roll the weight up to the wheel and then got the bolts in place. Would it be feasible to do the same in reverse to take a weight off? Build up a platform out of 2x or 4x wood pieces that fits under the weight, and a ramp. Unbolt, and roll that weight carefully down?

Re: Removing Wheel Weights

Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:41 pm

DickB wrote: Would it be feasible to do the same in reverse to take a weight off?


That's sort of what I do. I stack 4x4 and 2x4 and then a long piece of I think 1x something - get it just about level with the bottom of the weight. Get it so that one bolt is at the high points, Remove the lower three bolts, then loosen the top one, slide the weight out until it is resting on the stack 'o' lumber, once there, slide/roll the weight over the part of the 1x sticking out and using that as a ramp to lower it to the ground, then roll/slide it to where it will live until winter.

Re: Removing Wheel Weights

Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:51 pm

This works both ways...

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Re: Removing Wheel Weights

Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:53 pm

Thanks ,
I just had new rim but on yesterday and do not want to damage it.
I think I will try to lift it off with an engine lift here seems to be the safest.

Spent the day cultivating and hilling kale and potato.

great machine,\\
ride it every day

Re: Removing Wheel Weights

Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:45 pm

Didn't realize you had an engine lift, that makes it easy. Loosen the bolts to the point you can slip the end of a nylon strap behind it, and tie it to make a sling. Hook lift in it to take the weight and remove the bolts. The rim will tend to push the strap outward some, but not enough to be a problem.

Re: Removing Wheel Weights

Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:58 pm

since you have an engine hoist it is easy to make a bracket like this that will reach past the rim. The bolts are spring center bolts for a leaf spring that can be bought from any auto parts store.
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Re: Removing Wheel Weights

Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:11 pm

thanks John
you have helped me tons here,
I emailed the pics to my father in law and he has something ready to go.
I am harvesting and markets all weekend will get to it Monday,.

drove over a cultivator last week so needed a new tube patch and did the rim,
just after filling the tires I realized I might not need the weights.

Rocket Man

Re: Removing Wheel Weights

Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:30 am

Here's another option for you to consider.
Kirk

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Re: Removing Wheel Weights

Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:54 am

Looks like a good idea Kirk. wish I had a jack like that, but can't justify the price. A couple of funny thoughts came to mind when I first saw that picture, the first was you were getting ready for a joust, and the second was that it was a heavy duty toilet plunger. :lol: