[Healeys] Wheel Spinners

BJ8Healeys sbyers at ec.rr.com
Thu Aug 10 13:38:28 MDT 2017

I lubricate the knockoff and hub threads with the same grease I use for the wheel bearings and splines.  I always tighten the knockoff with the wheel off the ground, but only tighten it to the point that it doesn't appear to move when hit with the hammer (I use a piece of wood to pound on, not directly on the knockoff).   The knockoff will tighten itself further as you drive.  

I tried sealing the spoke heads with silicone once, but the next time I removed the wheel the grease had turned the silicone to jelly.   It was very difficult to remove.  What works better for me is 3M body sealant, which is impervious to the grease.


Steve Byers


BJ8 Registry

AHCA Delegate at Large

Havelock, NC  



From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Bob Spidell
Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:32 PM
To: healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Wheel Spinners


Side note:  When you get new wires, apply some silicone RTV--I prefer clear for this application--on the inside of the hubs on the 'heads' (if they were nails) of the spokes.  Otherwise, whichever grease you put on the splines and threads of the hubs will ooze out and make a mess.


On 8/10/2017 2:14 AM, Derek Job wrote:

I agree with Bob about the grease.  


Don't beat the hell out of them to tighten them, they will tighten themselves. Just give them a few good blows until its obvious they aren't going any further. The wheel should be off the ground otherwise all the force is directed into the spokes and risks damaging them.


Try heating the spinners if you can't get them off. Worked for me.




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