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gsxrjtt
01-31-2013, 07:20 PM
So went to pick up my FiRST Mastercraft in orlando,Fl today 1985 Stars and stripes. put new rims and tires on the boat to haul it back to tampa and get 5 miles down the road and what do you know there goes the left wheel splitting over 3 lanes of traffic.. lol and my trailer dragging on the ground.. Sucked at first but what can you do. So the threads on the Hub pulled all but 1 of them out.. So had the boat flat bed back to a house close.. should i just replace the axle might be tweaked or is there just a new hub that can be replaced on both sides with the studs mushroomed on the back like most hubs today any info would be appreciated but though id give a laugh to everyone..

JDC
01-31-2013, 07:31 PM
Well... Congrats on your first MasterCraft! Sorry about your misfortune the first time towing it.

I'm not laughing, but I'm glad your ok with it. :) I guess someone didn't double check the lug nuts on that side? Good thing things didn't go too far south!

I doubt you need to replace the whole axle. A new hub is probably all that's needed.

Oh... and welcome to Team Talk.

Edit... you may get away with just replacing the studs if it's just the threads messed up from the wheel dragging on them. If the hub bearings are ok, just drive out the studs and get new ones.

Cloaked
01-31-2013, 07:32 PM
Unless the axle is damaged, I'd replace just the hub assembly...

Salt corrosion on the studs? Just asking for the sake of mention of potential salt related issues elsewhere.

Jim@BAWS
01-31-2013, 07:33 PM
So went to pick up my FiRST Mastercraft in orlando,Fl today 1985 Stars and stripes. put new rims and tires on the boat to haul it back to tampa and get 5 miles down the road and what do you know there goes the left wheel splitting over 3 lanes of traffic.. lol and my trailer dragging on the ground.. Sucked at first but what can you do. So the threads on the Hub pulled all but 1 of them out.. So had the boat flat bed back to a house close.. should i just replace the axle might be tweaked or is there just a new hub that can be replaced on both sides with the studs mushroomed on the back like most hubs today any info would be appreciated but though id give a laugh to everyone..


I know where a complete AXLE can be had...Call me tomorrow. Hope you found the new tire and rim...talk to you soon

Jim

thatsmrmastercraft
01-31-2013, 07:37 PM
Most times a tire/wheel assembly comes off it's from either not properly torquing the wheel, or from not seating the wheel squarely and not tightening the lugs in a star pattern. It is definitely an exciting experience.

Jim@BAWS
01-31-2013, 07:39 PM
This is his FIRST MC... and he got a deal
http://orlando.craigslist.org/boa/3575168051.html

thatsmrmastercraft
01-31-2013, 07:42 PM
Congrats gsxrjtt on that boat. I was drooling over pics of that boat myself. Welcome to Team Talk.

gsxrjtt
01-31-2013, 07:53 PM
Thanks everyone and yes im laughing But yes I DO KNOW HOW TO TORQUE A TIRE and in the correct pattern and specifically double checked hub as much as i could with what was at my disposal.. the two sided threaded studs just pulled right out of the hub. the trailer does have rust from sitting a WHILE about 6 years of what old owner stated.. Jim will be calling you tomorrow to see what we can do.. but the worry is same age of trailer and type of studs.

thatsmrmastercraft
01-31-2013, 08:00 PM
Used boats and trailers are always full of surprises. And just when you think you have found all of them, another one surfaces.

medicmoose
01-31-2013, 10:02 PM
Been there and done that...I feel your pain. Nice thing was (and you should look into this) the shop that just had my wheels off paid for the repairs as they forgot to tighten the bolts on this one. Different for me as I have the dual axle so at least the trailer didn't drop to the ground.

I think they replaced the hub rather than just trying to replace the studs. And the fender, wheel and tire :D

Tristarboarder
01-31-2013, 11:08 PM
Oh have I ever....Always wanted to tell this story, but was always too embarassed to tell, but apparently it happens more than I thought. Two Summers ago, I was driving down the highway at about 65 mph whenI heard a loud bang. At first I thought I just had a flat. Not 2 seconds later, I saw in my rear view mirror the wheel and tire go skipping across the opposite lane and into the ditch. Apparently the bearing got hot, seized up, and then locked up, dragging the tire until it blew. So, as I am angrily looking at my axle laying on the ground, I look up and notice that about 200 yards down the road, the sparks from my dragging axle created a small brush fire. It then grew rapidly, and started to char the grass up the hillside. About 15 minutes and 2-3 burnt acres later, 3 fire trucks and 2 state patrol showed up. The highway was closed down for a good hour, all the while about 40 tow boats gathered to watch the show in the river that paralleled the road. No ticket, but a bad day. Had to have it towed away on a flat bed tow truck. I was able to repair the axle by saving the threads, but had to replace the hub assembly, the bent wheel, and the blown tire. Always, always check your bearings by jacking up your trailer and looking for movement of the wheel side to side. Make sure to grease and/or repack your bearings every season if you tow far. And as discussed, always check the lug nuts, which can be done everytime you tow while you are testing your lights etc. Sometimes we have to learn the hard way...

gsxrjtt
02-01-2013, 12:07 PM
UPDATE: Thanks to the great team over at BAY AREA WATERSPORTS and Jim especially .. in Land O Lakes, Fl just picked up a new axle with nicer newer hubs than my 85.. Now a Question for any one with an 85 trailer or about ... in any way they could measure the length of there axle to see if my new one is close to my old one.. since im over 100 miles away from mine any info before i get there can be greatly appreciated..

orbeamlb
02-01-2013, 12:31 PM
I had the same thing happen to me last Spring on my single axle. Put new wheels/tires on a few months earlier and properly torqued them. Think someone was trying to acquire my wheels at the boat launch parking and gave up when they couldn't defeat the wheel lock.

Replaced both hubs for good measure and used thread lock when torquing the lug nuts. I always give them a check before towing now.

craig3972
02-01-2013, 01:24 PM
lost a tire after having the brakes serviced, the shop didnt tighten the lugs correctly , wheel became loose and eventually sheared off all the studs. I was lucky that the wheel went off the side of the road without the cliff and was recovered undamaged.

JDC
02-02-2013, 11:54 AM
Thanks everyone and yes im laughing But yes I DO KNOW HOW TO TORQUE A TIRE and in the correct pattern and specifically double checked hub as much as i could with what was at my disposal.. the two sided threaded studs just pulled right out of the hub. the trailer does have rust from sitting a WHILE about 6 years of what old owner stated.. Jim will be calling you tomorrow to see what we can do.. but the worry is same age of trailer and type of studs.I learned something... ;) I didn't realize those studs were threaded into the hubs.
Now I get what you were asking in your OP.

Glad to see you have a solution in the works.