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Old 03-18-2017, 02:02 PM   #1
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I still have the original wheels on the new plane from the old plane; they are about three years old now. When I spin them they kind of vibrate on the axle. When I grab the new wheels I and spin them it's an absolute smooth spin or roll on the axle. Is a little vibration normal or are they due for replacement now. Also does anyone grease their axles with something light to reduce wear? If yes, what?

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Old 03-18-2017, 03:53 PM   #2
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Re: Wheels and axles

I spend way too much time making my wheels spin true and smooth. Not many people care and it just makes a bit of noise.
I offered to make some nice axles for a guy once and he said "It doesn't matter, I hardly ever use the wheels".

Yours that vibrate likely have worn bores that are bigger than the axles by a bit too much.

You can make the new ones last longer by reducing endplay with washers and careful adjustment of the collars.
I use Super Lube sparingly on the axles, any exposed grease will pick up dirt though and create a wear problem.

Good luck and keep them wheels spinning nice!
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Old 03-19-2017, 02:11 PM   #3
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Re: Wheels and axles

Yes I didn't consider the dirt picking up dirt in the grease. It hit me this morning while laying in bed, I have some graphite, works great everything else I've put it to, dirty but gets everything working nice and smooth. Thanks for the input.
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Re: Wheels and axles

Dave its an IMAC plane and from what i know (person experience) squeaky wheels is a normal thing for IMAC lol
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Re: Wheels and axles

If you put some JB Weld on the axle, then put the wheel on, it won't squeak again EVER!

Just Kidding... don't do that. Well, actually, you can if you want, it would be kind of funny for everyone else.
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Oh ya jb weld would eliminate any vibration in the tire rotation or any rotation for that matter.
Yes Adam squeaky is the norm on some IMAC planes but not mine!
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Re: Wheels and axles

Squeak is good Dave, helps slow the plane down, added bonus is Bryan hates squeaks LOL!
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Re: Wheels and axles

I try to make all mine squeak free so go as far as drilling out and using a spare bushing or two to get rid of slop. Doing so by end spacing is short term.

There is always the option of a sound module if you still want squeaks. Just try to ignore the sounds of thunder, screams, clanking chains and wind through the castle added in.
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Re: Wheels and axles

To refurbish the worn holes in the axles on the more expensive wheels , I get a piece of brass tubing that fits the axle , drill to fit in the hub and then glue the brass tube into the hub. Voila , better than new. Graphite as suggested works well or any of the greaseless lubes on the market.
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Squeak is good Dave, helps slow the plane down, added bonus is Bryan hates squeaks LOL!
Oh Bryan hates squeaks too eh.
That Bryan, he's a good guy.
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