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Old 07-12-2009, 08:50   #1
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Don Allen Steering Wheel Issue - Need Help!

Hi.
I have a Don Allen Steering system that works as bullet proof as any I've ever had - with the exception of the steering wheel, which needs repair.
As much as I've tried, I cannot get the silly wheel off the pedestal.
The wheel is 24 inches in diameter and has a center brake knob, that when removed has a bolt on it about 6-8 inches long. when removing the center hub nut below that, it exposes the threads it was on, that seem to be part of the wheel and not of the central shaft. you can also see the square key, but really nothing more.
The wheel spokes have broken inside the large central hub around the shaft
that's why I need to pull it off for replacement. I built a little puller by taking wood pieces and placing them on the forward side of the spokes and used 8 inch bolts to run through another piece of wood on the rear side of the spokes, resting on the brake screw, completely unscrewed. Didn't work, no matter how hard I cranked down on the nuts to add tension to pull the wheel back and off the shaft, it just further bent the spokes.
I'm at a loss here... Can anyone provide me with information on how to get this particular wheel off so I can get it fixed?

Thanks!
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Old 23-01-2010, 02:53   #2
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Have you got the wheel off?
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Old 23-01-2010, 05:20   #3
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Yes I did, thanks.
30+ years of muck really glued it on.
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Old 23-01-2010, 05:32   #4
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So you were doing it right...excellent!
Did you find another wheel?
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