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charles hudson    Posted 11-06-2020 at 16:01:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • 8N brake reassembly
  • Since I posted last: Purchased one new rim and two new 28/11 Ag tires; painted the rims and hubs and filled the tires with windshield fluid. Rebuilt the axles with new seals and today reinstalled the brakes.

    I think I have it right but I'm posting a picture of the left side, which has the extra "helper" spring. In the picture it is the smaller of the two on the left. Let me know if it is in the wrong place.

    There isn't a lot of "how to" for 8N brakes. Maybe I'll pass along what I learned.


    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 11-07-2020 at 06:26:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 8N brake reassembly
  • Charles-
    There are detailed chapters on the 8N brake job in both the OEM 8N Owner/Operator's Manual and the CLYMER I&T FO-4 Manual. Also, did you get new tubes with the new tires? Using windshield wiper fluid for tire ballast is not a good idea. Most of it sold these days is water based and if any leaks onto your new rims, may cause cancer (rust) growth. It would be as bad as having Calcium Chloride in them. If you don't have a need for extra ballast, why bother? I use Rim Guard , slang trade name "Beet Juice" because it is made from sugar beets and will not cause rust. I'm a satisfied customer now for 25 years. FWIW & FYI, some folks take used anti-freeze for liquid ballast in their tires but that stuff can also be contaminated with water -it all gets mixed in a barrel so you don't know who had what in their vehicle. Just advising based on facts, not opinions. Got The ESSENTIAL MANUALS? They are the best tools you can invest in for your 8N.


    Tim Daley(MI)

    Charles Hudson    Posted 11-07-2020 at 11:57:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 8N brake reassembly
  • Tim,

    Thanks for your reply. Yes, I got new tubes. And I do have manuals, but sometimes the exploded views are hard to interpret, and sometimes they leave something out for clarity.

    You must be up in Michigan around where my Dad grew up. Beet farming country. For me windshield washer fluid was a better choice than chloride and beet juice wasn't an option. I'm pretty sure these wheels will outlast me.

    I got the wheels back on this morning and now am draining the transmission and hydraulics fluid. What's coming out looks pretty clean. I read the how-to documentation here about the compromises between hydraulic fluid and transmission gear oil. I'm open to suggestions if someone has a favorite. I don't think Sinclair is around any more.

    BTW: there are two hydraulic systems: the rear plus an FEL. That system has a front-mounted pump and a different reservoir. That can use hydraulic fluid.


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