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Tip/Trick: Wheel mounting alignment tool.

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Tip/Trick: Wheel mounting alignment tool.

Post by Eddystone » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:41 am

Tip and/or Trick:

All of my Volvos except my 1999 S70 have had a place on the wheel where the pin on the rotor could engage and line up the lug holes properly. The stock 99 S70 wheels have no provision for accepting the alignment pin. A guy at a tire store gave me an aluminum alignment tool that is threaded on one end and rounded on the other which works just fine - when I can find it...

I used to have to mount heavy x-ray tubes to overhead gantries that had four bolts in the back. Once you got one bolt in, the other three were easy, but that first one was a real bitch to get started while holding a 70 lb weight at chest height. A more experienced guy showed me that you could take a slightly longer standard bolt and grind the head off to make an alignment tool. You thread that in finger tight, hang the weight on it, align the other bolt holes, install the other bolts, and then remove the alignment tool and replace it with the last bolt.

I was going to get a long bolt the same thread as the lug nut and cut the head off, but the tire guy did me a favor by handing me the exact tool. If no one hands you such a tool, I suggest making one. You might want to chamfer the edges where you cut the bolt head off.


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Re: Tip/Trick: Wheel mounting alignment tool.

Post by erikv11 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:24 pm

And when you consider that on a P80 the "alignment pin" is basically useless even when there *is* one, this is a great tip. With a large fleet and all of their tire rotations and snow tire changes, I remove and remount a lot of wheels. Feels like sometimes I have work too hard to align the holes.

P80 wheel lug bolts are M12 x 1.75, take that info to the hardware store or consider it if you want to buy something prefab like https://www.amazon.com/Steelman-78820-1 ... way&sr=8-1
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Re: Tip/Trick: Wheel mounting alignment tool.

Post by abscate » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:39 pm

I bet you can buy that bolt in Chinesium SS from Lowe Quality with an unthreaded shank, and you can just snap off the head with your fingers.


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Re: Tip/Trick: Wheel mounting alignment tool.

Post by wizechatmgr » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:02 pm

abscate wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:39 pm
I bet you can buy that bolt in Chinesium SS from Lowe Quality with an unthreaded shank, and you can just snap off the head with your fingers.
Or I can hit it with a torque spec that should be in inch pounds and instead do it in foot pounds =P


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Re: Tip/Trick: Wheel mounting alignment tool.

Post by erikv11 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:37 pm

wizechatmgr wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:02 pm
abscate wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:39 pm
I bet you can buy that bolt in Chinesium SS from Lowe Quality with an unthreaded shank, and you can just snap off the head with your fingers.
Or I can hit it with a torque spec that should be in inch pounds and instead do it in foot pounds =P
Video, please!


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Re: Tip/Trick: Wheel mounting alignment tool.

Post by wizechatmgr » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:59 pm

erikv11 wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:37 pm
wizechatmgr wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:02 pm
abscate wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:39 pm
I bet you can buy that bolt in Chinesium SS from Lowe Quality with an unthreaded shank, and you can just snap off the head with your fingers.
Or I can hit it with a torque spec that should be in inch pounds and instead do it in foot pounds =P
Video, please!
Sadly, the bolt in question was through a cam bearing cap - suffice it to say that bad boy suddenly went loose then blam, snapped and the torque wrench jumped. Had I been counting the number of turns, I would have likely known better. Of the 12 bolts torqued, only one failed.

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This was on a 2012 Ninja 650, the access to that area to remove that snapped bolt SUCKS. Looking like I'll be using Alum to eat the steel out.
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Re: Tip/Trick: Wheel mounting alignment tool.

Post by Eddystone » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:10 pm

Or $2.53 at Home Depot...

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Re: Tip/Trick: Wheel mounting alignment tool.

Post by abscate » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:39 pm

Eddystone wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:10 pm
Or $2.53 at Home Depot...


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How much of a discount can I get if they cut off the head?


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Re: Tip/Trick: Wheel mounting alignment tool.

Post by wizechatmgr » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:50 pm

abscate wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:39 pm
Eddystone wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:10 pm
Or $2.53 at Home Depot...


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How much of a discount can I get if they cut off the head?
That used to be a thing with failed leadership =P


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Re: Tip/Trick: Wheel mounting alignment tool.

Post by jimmy57 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:27 am

Buy it at Lowe's or Home Depot and then go to lumber and ask for that 1 free cut you are allowed



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