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Them things are beyond bastards to remove.

Personally I think they can handle the heat.
What do you people think?
 
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Re: Remove cush drive inserts before powder coating? (CuStOm)

last year i had a set of rims off my monster power coated and i was told by a local duc mechanic to leave the C/D and the bearings in and that they would be fine. well let me tell you that the C/D and the bearings on my rims did not survive. remove them and install new ones. good luck.
 
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Re: Remove cush drive inserts before powder coating? (oneducs)

It's always good to install new ones...better to be safe then sorry. Too much damage is on the line.
 
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had my stock wheels powder coated. i think the temp is +500 degrees? the cush drives would not survive, can't be good for the bearings either. i was able to remove/reuse the cush's, replaced the bearings. don't get the bearings from your dealer. go to an auto bearing house. they can order SKF bearings and it will be cheaper.
 
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The bearings are already out. They were cake.

The cush drives on the other hand are quite the biatch to get out. Is there a trick-of-the-trade? These are the 10spoke marchesini's off of my 999.
Powder coating can be done at 350f. I think some powders will go lower. I will specify to my coater to run the wheels at the lowest temperature. I'll check the cush's after, if they are toast then I will replace them.
Stay tuned.....
 
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They'll look fine after the powdercoating, but they rubber will crumble and fall out within 50 miles after you put the wheel back on. I'm speaking from experience.
 
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by gusanito »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">They'll look fine after the powdercoating, but they rubber will crumble and fall out within 50 miles after you put the wheel back on. I'm speaking from experience.</TD></TR></TABLE>

this is what happened to the C/D in my rim also. things fell apart and fast.
 
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I got my powder coater to do them at the lowest temperature. They usually do it at 400 degrees, he said they can put them in at 325 and just leave them in longer. I guess all clears are done at 325 so the colors don't leach.
Hopefully this will help the cause, if not I will just have to pull them.
[fingers crossed]
 
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by gusanito »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">They'll look fine after the powdercoating, but they rubber will crumble and fall out within 50 miles after you put the wheel back on. I'm speaking from experience.</TD></TR></TABLE>

Well that solves the problem of how to get them out...
 
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by AZ Scott »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Well that solves the problem of how to get them out...
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I knew I left them in there for a reason!
 
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It's actually harder to get them out after the rubber is gone. The inner sleeves will fall out on their own, but the outer sleeves will still be in the wheel. You'll have to use a dremel and cut off each sleeve, being careful not to cut into the wheel.
Good luck.
 
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