Do I really need a clutch hub puller?

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Do I really need a clutch hub puller?

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Post by Taildragger1 » Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:35 pm

Am I an idiot if I try to use a steering wheel puller to get the clutch hub off?

Don't want to break anything.

Thanks



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Re: Do I really need a clutch hub puller?

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Post by NightShift » Sun Aug 16, 2009 6:16 pm

Dear Taildragger!

You gotta pull by the studs.
Grabbing the flange will bend it bad.
It won't be the last time you need a hub puller.

'Spectful.

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Re: Do I really need a clutch hub puller?

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Sun Aug 16, 2009 6:29 pm

dragger
Most steering wheel pullers are not sturdy enough to do the job anyway, even the ones that use a bridge that you can attach to the studs. The puller will usually break or bend before the hub pops off.

There is no substitute for the correct tool, buy or borrow one and you'll get the job done a lot quicker and easier and you won't break anything.

mike

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Re: Do I really need a clutch hub puller?

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Post by RUBONE » Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:41 pm

In response to your original post...YES :P
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Re: Do I really need a clutch hub puller?

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Post by Ripley/Fla » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:02 am

The longer studs are spaced differently than a normal harmonic dampener or steering wheel puller. If cash is an issue ( and when isn't it!) don't be afraid to make your own. Get some 3/8" or 1/2" stock, lay out the 3 holes and outside diameter from the spring retainer, drill it out the holes and torch out the piece. Put a hole in the center for your puller to go through. A 3 jaw puller is best; a borrowed 3 jaw puller is even better! Put something like a socket head cap screw into the end of the main shaft so you don't booger it up.

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Re: Do I really need a clutch hub puller?

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Post by Bigincher » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:18 am

Better yet, if you have an old unserviceable pressure plate laying around, you can use it as a puller. Put it over the studs, install the nuts evenly, and use a long bolt or piece of all-thread with double-nuts on the end, in place of the adjuster bolt. Run the bolt up to the end of the tranny shaft, then use a chunk of misc steel to butt against the end of the trans shaft. A couple more cranks, and maybe a couple gentle taps with a hammer, and the hub will pop off.

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Re: Do I really need a clutch hub puller?

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Post by Panacea » Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:39 am

The nice thing about the real puller is the push cup, it keeps the push bolt from damaging the shaft... It's been twenty years since I got mine but I bet I've used it once a year. There are a few on E-bay for $21.00. Item #200354215911 Mike

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Re: Do I really need a clutch hub puller?

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Post by stroker93 » Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:46 am

I have only needed a puller once in my life...Yeah I own a couple sizes..The last 4 speed I did was over torqued to the shaft,,,even tried alittle heat to expand ,,no luck,,,put on the bigger puller ,,,pulled out fingers on clutch...Not a big deal,,was being converted to BDL enclosed belt..
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Re: Do I really need a clutch hub puller?

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Post by Schwee » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:00 pm

I always use my old steering wheel puller for the panhead clutch. Remove the clutch hub nut, take off the lock washer, and put the nut back on, loosely. My old puller fits nicely on the three studs and pops the hub off easily.

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Re: Do I really need a clutch hub puller?

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Post by Taildragger1 » Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:59 pm

Thanks All !

Sometimes I'm too cheap for my own good. I'll get the puller. :oops:

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Re: Do I really need a clutch hub puller?

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Post by caschnd1 » Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:02 am

I read above that steering wheel pullers won't stand up to the task. A steering wheel puller should be more then strong enough. You aren't supposed to keep cranking until the hub pops off. I just apply a bit of pressure (not a lot) and then give the bolt on the puller a rap with a small hammer. POP! No need to use a lot of pressure.

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Re: Do I really need a clutch hub puller?

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Post by jay51 » Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:52 pm

I recently made mine with a piece of 1/4" plate steel allthread rod and welded a nut on the plate worked great and spent no money took about 1/2 hour to make.

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