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The BSA Workshop => Singles => Topic started by: TIGERJ on 26 March, 2017, 17:51:34

Title: Wheel hubs
Post by: TIGERJ on 26 March, 2017, 17:51:34
Hi chaps/chapesses
Some of you may remember my woes.
At the moment I am trying to solve a cracked rear wheel hub.
The existing hub is I think cast iron.
However I found one advertised as alloy could this be a later type and can it be used instead
of the cast one??
Any comments appreciated as usual.
Regards
          Tim
Title: Re: Wheel hubs
Post by: JulianS on 27 March, 2017, 09:33:35
C15 full width hubs are cast iron. The one described as alloy is probably a mistake by the seller.
Title: Re: Wheel hubs
Post by: Mike Farmer on 27 March, 2017, 10:07:08
 :)Is the crack in an awkward place or too big to have it brazed.  Mike
Title: Re: Wheel hubs
Post by: TIGERJ on 27 March, 2017, 11:08:41
Thanks for the replies.
The crack is from a spoke hole.
Very fine about 1 inch in length parallel with the spindle
Regards
           Tim
Julian I have the same though about the sellers mistake.
Title: Re: Wheel hubs
Post by: Bess on 27 March, 2017, 16:21:32
Hi,

     It sounds like a spoke has been over tightened in the past, I would replace the hub.

If I couldn't get a replacement, I would strip it out and carefully, check it for other cracks (using penetrant spray or magnetic crack detection). You've probably heard of wheeltappers, tapping/ringing the hub when it's stripped down will give you a good indication of its health.

If I was confident it was safe to use after a repair, I would drill a small hole at the end of the crack to stop it migrating. Braze and lightly tighten the spoke, as one spoke left like that would be okay but I would monitor regularly.

Best of luck...........
Title: Re: Wheel hubs
Post by: Mike Farmer on 28 March, 2017, 10:21:19
 :) Good morning.
 
I go along with that, however I would play "belt and braces" and build up about 1/4" or so on the periphery parallel to the split and a good 1" either side and hope to stop it breaking out. Still need to monitor it.

Mike