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Rear Hub Puller

PostPost by: englishmaninwales » Fri May 02, 2014 3:24 pm

I bought these a while back off FleaBay, but used them for the first time last night. Absolute bliss, nothing better than using the correct tool for the job!! Compared to all the messing around in the past with 3 legged hub pullers! Just thought I'd share that.
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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Fri May 02, 2014 10:02 pm

If only bolt-on hubs had such an easy tool available.
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PostPost by: paddy » Sat May 03, 2014 4:54 pm

I have a puller for the bolt-on hubs that was originally for a triumph so they are available; it's a bit like this:

http://www.canleyclassics.com/?xhtml=xh ... roduct.xsl

It still needs a fairly alarming amounts of force and heat if the hub is really well seated, but at least the hub doesn't get bent and you still have all your fingers.

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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Sat May 03, 2014 9:54 pm

Thank you, Paddy. It's cheaper than a new hub which was my last experience. There have been so many descriptions of constructions to do the job that I assumed there was nothing on the market.

It doesn't seem to have any apertures to let the heat directly onto the taper but I accept your judgement on its efficiency.
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Sat May 03, 2014 10:29 pm

No heat required- it's all in the archives.
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PostPost by: englishmaninwales » Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:52 am

Nothing to do with me, a pair of these pullers on eBay:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/lotus-elan-hub-extractor-/141333151426?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item20e81cbec2

Really worthwhile, but looks like the price is going silly
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PostPost by: terryp » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:06 am

I have one of SJS Sportcar's little cheap versions - worked a treat!
http://www.sjsportscars.co.uk/files/SJ0 ... jpg?mod=10

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PostPost by: englishmaninwales » Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:00 am

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That looks a neat tool
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:13 pm

I have one of the SJS versions as well - I think I bought mine from CN's though. You use the spinner to apply force to the puller and thence to the hub and - eventually - it comes off. The amount of force I've had to apply at times though has been frightening - much more than you'd use when fastening the wheel on.

When I bought it (decades ago) it was all that I could find but if there's an alternative that screws onto the threads I'd probably go with one of those if I was buying now. The insides of a couple of my spinners show signs of, well lets just call it distress :(
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PostPost by: stugilmour » Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:48 pm

I got this one from Ray at rdent.com in the 'States :)...

Elan Knock-On Hub Removal Tool

Remove Elan rear KO hubs with this specially designed tool and eliminate chances of bending or breaking your rear hubs. This tool threads directly onto the hub while the center bolt presses on the end of the axle shaft. One tool works for both RH and LH hubs!

Ref. 36T0286HD KO Hub Extractor - $115.00
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PostPost by: terryp » Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:12 pm

WOW thats a big tool!

My small one can do exactly the same :wink:
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PostPost by: Bud English » Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:27 pm

Bet you tell that to all the girls. BA boom! :lol:
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PostPost by: ceejay » Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:16 pm

Rear Hub Puller - DIY – Bolt On Wheel Hub S1-S2 elan.

It is not that hard to fabricate a DIY version to remove bolt on hubs safely and with out damage.
http://elantrikbits.com/lotus-elan-blog ... ub-puller/
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PostPost by: Plus 2 » Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:11 am

Yeh I have a big tool too :mrgreen: .................had it for nearly 40 years........always assumed it was the official approved Lotus tool with combined LH RH thread at each end and made from a solid piece.

I must have removed over 100 hubs over the years with it and never had to use heat. Once some pressure has been applied even worse case only had to tap the end of the bolt head.

One thing I have always done though is loosen the nyloc hub nut till flush with the hub end and place a 3mm metal circular disc over the end of the stub shaft and nut that the tools centre bolt then presses against. This prevents any risk of swelling the the threaded end of the hub shaft if a lot of force has to be used and when the hub does break free a large lump of metal ending up in your lap.

I assume the small groove on the outside of stuglimours is the standard identifying mark seen often on LH threaded nuts as mine does not have this groove.

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PostPost by: englishmaninwales » Wed May 27, 2015 10:36 pm

A pair of pullers on eBay:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lotus-Elan-Re ... 3aaade5f4d

Starting price a bit high, though.
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