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Unread 07-19-2011, 11:42 AM   #1
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Now I wish I had done a search before I went out and bought a grant adapter and new steering wheel. Nothing in the instructions seems to indicate anything other than the original wheel will pull right off once the securing bolt is removed. I removed the score card holder and then the securing bolt and the wheel will not budge. I just did a search and read nightmare stories about people making homemade pullers and still spending hours trying to get the stock wheel off. Someone please tell me there is an easier way!
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Unread 07-19-2011, 11:49 AM   #2
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I went to Orscheln and bought a 8" gear puller. Put it on and steering wheel came off rather easily.
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Unread 07-19-2011, 11:50 AM   #3
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Go to Harbor Freight Tools and get yourself a gear/steering wheel puller set. $34.00, even less if you use a 20% off coupon...saved me hours of pain and frustration on several projects!

I removed a steering wheel from a 11 year old boat that had been sitting in the salt it's whole life, just popped right off with the puller!

Give it a few good cranks, if it doesn't just pop right off, give the shaft a tap with a hammer, works everytime
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Unread 07-19-2011, 12:06 PM   #4
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Pull hard on the steering wheel while someone hits the steering shaft with a rubber hammer....keyword rubber. If you hit it with a regular hammer you'll end up boogering up the threads and then you're screwed.
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Unread 07-19-2011, 12:13 PM   #5
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I do the same thing boke does but leave the nut flush with the threads and use a steel hammer, works great. Make sure you put the threads flush or else they will be ruined.
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Unread 07-19-2011, 12:14 PM   #6
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False alarm. But after reading the post I found, I thought the cause might be lost. After posting this thread, I went out and tapped the wheel all around and then got in the seat and braced and prepared to pull like hell and it came right off.

Well, now I have the new wheel on using the adapter that Grant recommended. Looks great from the front but now I'm left with this behind the wheel (see picture). Any ideas for something to cover this up?

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Unread 07-19-2011, 01:29 PM   #7
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I went to Lowes and searched the shelves for a spray can that had a lid about the size I needed. Well I found the perfect one so I took it him. I drilled out the center to fit over the steering shaft then drilled & tapped three holes in the back of the adapter. I then sprayed the cap with black upholstery paint because the cap was red. After it dried I attached it with the three acres and then bolted the wheel on. No one would ever guess that it was rigged unless they had tried to install one of these and had the same problem.


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Unread 07-19-2011, 01:30 PM   #8
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looks like the wrong adapter to me.
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Unread 07-19-2011, 01:37 PM   #9
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Go to ebay, thats where I found my billet spacer
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Unread 07-19-2011, 01:41 PM   #10
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here ya go

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