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Reply to "Changing the tires on a JLC UP Challenger"

@J. Motts posted:

Morning Guys, thank you all for your great responses from all of you, I'm going to go ahead and get after it within the next couple of days this week.  I should be able to do this, I have plenty of mechanical ability to do the job, its just that sometimes my confidence goes down a bit when I start thinking about how much I paid for it and what happens if I lose something or just do something wrong and can't fix it, then I'll have to send it out to get it fixed.  It just looks overwhelming when you first start looking and thinking about it.
DdotCdot, thanks for your advice, it is well taken but as I was looking at it over the other day, I got to thinking, if I don't do it, I'll never know if I could do it or not.  I will tackle it this week and report back to you all on how I did.
GRJ, thanks for the great pic, I've already saved it and will print it out before starting work, plus I'll shoot a bunch more as I go along.  Your tips will come in handy and thanks also for giving me a little push to go ahead and give it a try.
Mark, thanks for your response, yes I was talking about changing the traction tires on my locomotive, I don't think I'm up for pulling a driver tire off of an axel just yet, besides I don't have the necessary tools yet to be able to do it successfully, but I'm working on it.
Lou1985, thank you for the great set of instructions on how to get it done.  I have read it about 3 or 4 times already and between everyone, I'm up for the task and ready to tackle the job.  As for pictures, I've always used them, my late father was a Master Machinist and worked for the Bendix Corp back before WWII in South Bend, Indiana.  When I got old enough to start working on things, he told me to draw a sketch or picture of what I was working on and to jot down how I took it apart and make a list of how I was doing the job so I could put it back together the same way I took it apart.  I've always done this as to how he taught me, that is where my mechanical ability and background came from.  When the cell phones with cameras came about, I used that feature like crazy and will always do it.  When I worked as a locksmith back in El Paso, I took pictures of locks every time I got ready to tear one apart, same thing on safes and their dials.  God Bless the person who came up with the idea to put a camera on the phones.  He/she probably has no idea how much this helped guys like us to do this kind of stuff.

So again guys, thanks for the great advice, the great pictures and the great tutorial to get me off the hump and get going.  I'll report back after I'm done, I'll either be a Happy Camper or a complete dofus.

Right on. I’m glad you found the confidence to give it a shot. GRJ’s vivid picture diagram does look like a very helpful reference guide there so I’m sure it will all go well for you. Lou1985 absolutely nailed it with the breakdown, especially the part about removing the brake details to get more access (I miss that ability on some of the newer models with delicate fixed or molded-in brake details). Very helpful tip.

Absolutely agree on the usefulness of phone cameras for keeping stuff straight with repair. Calling back reference photos has saved me many many times.


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