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Old 03-05-2008, 10:19 PM   #1
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Default Taking hex out of wheel without damaging wheel?

I got aluminum hex's stuck is all four of my aluminum wheels..... Any good ways to removing the hex without damaging the wheels? My hexes are flush to the wheel too, no grab anywhere.. any ideas?
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Are tires on them?
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Are tires on them?
yes.
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Separating a metal item from another metal item will need (IMO), A) simple force or B) heat to create a differential between the two said items.

Do you really want to keep the tires?
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Take a cheap ball point pen, and from the outside of the wheel push the pen through, use some force if needed.
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my brass hexes would get stuck in my aluminum wheels all the time - the trick i used was to take the cap of a bic ballpoint pen, and use the pointy part of the cap and push it through the front, but try and 'catch' the hex at an angle (it's usually flush with the inside of the wheel, so it can be tough to separate them). get it as far as you can and move to the opposite side and try that. keep moving in that fashion until they eventually pop out.

the pen cap isn't needed - just anything firm and pointy, and plastic.

that method only works if the hex is 'kinda' stuck. otherwise, you may need more drastic measures.

best option yet: buy another set of hex's. that way you can keep the ones in there right now.
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best option yet: buy another set of hex's. that way you can keep the ones in there right now.
I'll X2 that, just get another set of hex's.
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Here is another idea, Drill into the hex BUT not thru the hex and run a tap in the hole and tap it, screw in a bolt and pull. here are a couple of drill and tap sizes you could use. 4-40 tap takes a #43 drill, 6-32 takes a #36 drill,8-32 takes a #29 drill. I've done this lots of times. We are getting ready to make hexes in several different sizes all of our hexes will have these holes in them just for this problem.

Hoped this helped Mayhem Eng.
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Put them in the freezer overnight and wack them down on the kitchen counter in the morning.....don't let wife catch you during the second part. You're all laughing but it has worked. When you put them back together put a SMALL amount of nickle anti-sieze in your wheels,they should come apart next time.
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