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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 11:12 pm 
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I posted this on the burner sites and thought that some of you may like to see as well :wink:

Have finished Phils skyway mags - bleach white and polish hubs (not easy to keep clean when polishing with the white mags )

pictures on how i got on +

some one on the other side asked about which nuts and bits go where - i thought i would also put it up on here as well to see if it can help any one as well

how i got them

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don't know what the stain was ? hard to shift
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then bleached

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then polish hubs by hand

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so take one polished hub with nothing in it

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right now gently tap the bearing cup in place this has the bearing cage in there

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now grab some grease and smear enough in there - cocktail stick pushes it between the bearings nicely (the word is c0cktail not sh!t stick)

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now grab your nuts and bits :shock:

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put your cone nut on the axle - this is how it looks, as in fits onto the bearings

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on the front axle you need to have it the same length each side - the rear you have to play around with

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next is your cone nut washer nut - this will tighten up against the cone nut - now each side will tighten up against the bearings - this has to be enough for the axle to spin and not wobble/knock, but not too tight that the bearing can't turn and wear away - now this is not the easy job that it sounds and one that you learn over time - the grease is fresh and will take a little time to warm up and spin faster - it is a good idea to return to the axle and nuts to check how loose it has become and if it needs tightening again

how to tighten - you need two tools that fit the cone nut and the washer nut - keeping the cone nut still with the tool turn the washer nut to tighten it - just before it comes to a stop turn the cone nut tool - this will stop it from crushing the bearings and allow a bit of slack (but not too much) you may have to undo and redo it a couple of time before you get it perfect (good luck)

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now put on the washer and then the outer nut - you can see the gap and where the rear drop out will sit - you can put extra washers on the inside of the drop out to fill out, as not every frame has the same size at the back - size of axle / cone nuts / washers / nuts ~ can be different sizes to each build and set up

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if you are sending out a set of wheels - do the nuts up to the hub or they can come loose and fall off and out of a hole in the box

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get Alice to check them out


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cloudy day - bugger as would look better in the sun
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hope this helps all

cheers B


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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 2:18 pm 
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awesome work mate, i am looking to get a pair of white mags for a custom build for my mag burner. currently have black. Do you have any for sale? or a possible swap for these? (although i would prefer to buy as i'm a little reluctant to part with these fine examples!)

See my black mags on my burner here:
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 5:59 pm 
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you could polish up the hubs on your simplex there 8)

sorry i don't have any white mags for sale or swap - keep an eye out on ebay or go for a set of new skyway mags on ebay, they sell them cheap but won't have the old alloy hub to polish up

cheers B :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 11:55 pm 
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there be lots i need to polish up on that! ;) its my 'when i get a garage' project....its currently residing at my parents :(


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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 12:08 am 
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I had my Pro Burner in the bedroom for a while as i din't have a place to keep it - worth a bit, so not gonna leave it chain up out side :lol: wife not too happy :twisted:


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Bendy, you legend. With my skyways desperately needing a hub rebuild, this is invaluable, thank you Image


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:31 pm 
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hi there i have some bits for skyway wheel rebuilds pm for details or checkout my ad in bmx for sale thread.
cheers John


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