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Re: wire wheel repair

Subject: Re: wire wheel repair
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 1999 10:45:19 EDT
In a message dated 8/18/99 7:41:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 

<< My car has the original factory painted wires, I drive the car fairly
 and I have never broken a wire. (Knock on wood).
 If I bought new chrome wire wheels, barring an accident, I would expect
 them to last
 pretty much forever.  
 What am I missing?? >>

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Being a PO of a car with wires, I can say that if you don't keep the wires 
tuned they will break.  If you tap lightly on each wire, they should all make 
a solid sound.  If you find a clinker, it is loose.  If you don't tighten it, 
it will break.  The key is to keep the wires tight.  

Same thing goes for the hub splines.  If you remove a wheel, clean and 
re-grease the splines on the wheel and hub.  Tighten the knockoff when you 
put it back on, then drive a bit and tighten it again, or you'll strip a 
spline on a Friday when the local Triumph dealer is taking inventory and the 
parts department is closed!

Ask me how I know all these things!

Allen Hefner
'77 Midget
'92 Mitsubishi Expo LRV Sport
(Formerly '67 TR4A IRS w/wires)

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