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Old 06-03-2015, 02:13 AM
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Changing wheels

I have recently rotated the wheels on my 2014 overland. It has the 18" wheels.
I found two things very difficult.
First, the wheel nuts were so tight, that I needed a socket and breaker bar to loosen them - no way the provided wrench would work, even with me jumping on it. I had previously rotated the wheels myself, and tightened the nuts to spec with a torsion wrench. (The first time I had the same problem, but blamed the tyre fitter for over tightening them!)
Secondly, the supplied scissor jack was almost impossible to turn after taking the weight of the car. No way my wife would be able to do it. (The first time I used a trolley jack).
Now, I am getting older and not as strong as I was, but I'm over 6', and probably a bit overweight, and not all that weak.
I'm curious to know if anyone else has had the same issues, or do I have specific problems (either the car or me!)
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:33 AM
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Re: Changing wheels

Is the threaded section of the jack well greased Russell? After every use I smear the grease which tends to end up at one end back along the thread. I find mine almost easier than dragging out my crusty trolley jack, and I am quite... well, pissweak.

I always use an extension when cracking wheel nuts. There's no point struggling!

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Old 06-03-2015, 05:03 AM
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Is the threaded section of the jack well greased Russell? After every use I smear the grease which tends to end up at one end back along the thread. I find mine almost easier than dragging out my crusty trolley jack, and I am quite... well, pissweak.

I always use an extension when cracking wheel nuts. There's no point struggling!

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I didn't check the grease Steve - I will. I also thought of making/ buying something to put on top of a bottle jack which would mate it to the "seam" at the lift point. Have you heard of anything like that? I need to carry a bottle jack for the camper trailer anyway.
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Old 06-03-2015, 05:15 AM
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Re: Changing wheels

Well if there's interest from a few people, I'm sure my Polyethylene fabricator friend would make an adaptor to interface typical jacks to the body seam.

Otherwise it wouldn't be hard to "knife and fork"* a chunk of PE to achieve a similar result.

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* a term for using everyday tools to make something which would have probably been best completed with proper fabrication machinery.
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Well if there's interest from a few people, I'm sure my Polyethylene fabricator friend would make an adaptor to interface typical jacks to the body seam.

Otherwise it wouldn't be hard to "knife and fork"* a chunk of PE to achieve a similar result.

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* a term for using everyday tools to make something which would have probably been best completed with proper fabrication machinery.
I have thought about that, but I'm not sure how to make the adaptor stable enough that it didn't risk tipping sideways and falling off the top of the jack. With no information at all, I think that there could be some demand for it, as a lot of vehicles have this same design of a seam that fits a scissor jack. How many would be enough for your fabricator?
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Re: Changing wheels

Just one... but the price may vary accordingly.
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Re: Changing wheels

I'll try the grease first, then maybe knife and fork, and see if I can come up with a design which works.
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Re: Changing wheels

If you can arrange it so the block is quite tall allowing the bottle jack to engage with it deeply, there shouldn't be much chance of it canting over. Then all you need is a slot in the top surface and you're set.
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Re: Changing wheels

The "head" of the jack is not all that much larger than the screw shaft, so that could work. I'll see if I can get a block of PE and have a shot at it.
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Re: Changing wheels

You could make a prototype out of a chunk of wood Russell. Blocks of PE can be a tricky find.

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Re: Changing wheels

I was thinking of wood as the final product, but decided it might be likely to split as the groove would be quite deep. Worth a shot though - I have some pretty hard hardwood lying around.
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See if you can find an offcut of laminated beam at a building site?
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