In a message dated 96-08-16 14:16:24 EDT, ArthurK101@aol.com writes:
<< ) I replaced the original hubs and wire wheels on my car 3 years ago.
Before I did it I did much research and found several articles relating to
the physics of wire wheels. The articles described exactly what I said. If
you tighten the knockoffs with the hammer the wheels might not be properly
seated (i.e. off center) and there is also a chance that you can damage the
hubs. Note that I said to whack them about 5 or 6 medium shots before you
drive away. I have changed, rotated etc. my tires/wheels many times in the
last 32 years I've owned the car and have never had a problem. Also my
original wheels lasted about 80K miles before I replaced them. So, it's up
to you whether you take my advice or not. :-)). >>
So far nothing I've read no responses that have been anything but opinion.
Sorry I don't have the articles with me which described, in quite some
detail, the procedure outlined above. Since I have never had a wheel come
off or any other problem in 32 years of driving my car with wire wheels and
have always had to "knock" pretty hard to remove them when rotating wheels,
greasing the splines etc. I'll continue to do as I said. Note however ALL
that I said.
1) wheel(s)off the ground
2) knockofffs on the proper side -hand tightened
3) 5 or 6 medium whacks with the hammer
4) drive away
I did NOT say to just put on the knockoffs and drive away - my point is that
you don't have to bang the hell out of them as the first message in this
thread said. Maybe someone might try the above method and tell us how tight
the wheels are after 10 miles or so.
Without the articles in hand I cannot make my case so I rest it. They're
your cars -do as you please. Cheers.