Wire Wheel Tools

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Wire Wheel Tools
There are various tools that can help clean and repair wire wheels. (wire wheel image by Edsweb from Fotolia.com)

Wire wheels have significantly evolved since their first commercially-successful use on bicycles more than a century ago. Wire wheels are now widely used on many types of bikes, motorcycles, and automobiles, including race cars. They are typically made with standard hub bolt patterns covered by a centre cap, so that they can fit without adaptors. Wire wheel rims are connected to their hubs using wire spokes. They function similarly to tensioned flexible wires to keep the rim stable.

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Lead Hammer

A lead hammer is one of the popular soft-faced hammers used in wheel changing tool kits for wire wheel equipped cars. It is an alternative to a copper hammer and is essential to striking chromed nuts without the risk of destroying them.

Typically made from lead and antimony alloy, this tool retains lead's ability to strike an almost dead blow without inflicting harsh damage upon the struck surface. This makes it an ideal hammer for undoing or tightening chromed brass spinners and other materials made of copper, bronze, aluminium and plastic.

Wire Brush

A wire brush is used for general purpose surface cleaning, rust removal and conditioning of wire wheels. This tool consists of a handle, usually made of wood or plastic, and a brush made from a large number of brass or steel wire bristles. These bristles are generally made of a high-carbon metal and held together by epoxy, staples or continuous wire. For specifically cleaning stainless steel materials, a stainless steel bristle wire brush is used to avoid rusting.

Two-Eared Steel Spinner Remover

A two-eared steel spinner remover utilises a long handle that enables easier spinner removal and replacement. Guarding against accidental over-tightening or under-tightening of spinners, the length of this tool's handle is primarily designed to provide correct leverage when used. Using a steel spinner remover provides good gripping action to keep the tool secured during use on wire wheels. It also avoids damage to the spinners every time a wheel is changed.

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