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#1 OFFLINE   Petey

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:31 PM

Hi all, seen loads of people asking about removing wheels from autoart models lately and even more people saying they've had to destroy the wheels / brakes to get them off, so I decided to do a quick walk through.

Obviously, all models differ from the skyline but please be aware that some may use more glue, different mountigs etc and this method may not work for all cars, but it has for all of the autoart models I have tried.

First, the car ill use
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Getting the base off the car;
There are 6 screws, two in the middle clearly visible, two at the rear in the deep holes (one is partially covered by a plastic part but you can still get at the screw) and two at the front under the brake ducts, which need to be removed (unfortunately these will need to be reglued)
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Remove these, the floor lifts straight out
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Removing the rear wheels;
Take off the exhaust, use a flat head screwdriver to prize it of the mounting pegs (one at the rear under the silencer, one in the centre under the cat)
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Turn the base over, there are two small Phillips screws beside the wheel arches, unscrew these
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Now the whole rear subframe should lift off, be careful as the anti roll bars etc are fixed to the base with mounting peg, but they'll prize out gently with a screwdriver or blade.
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On the top side of the subframe, a separate plastic peice must be removed it is attached to the mounting area behind the wheels, prize it off with the screwdriver etc
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Now take a look at where the wheel is mounted, now is a good time to cut the brake caliper away from the hub to allow more room
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At this point you can use either some pliers/tin snips like these or a small flat head screwdriver (I prefer the tin snips)
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Squeeze the tool in the small gap between the hub and the back of the brake disc, gently squeeze / twist if using a screwdriver till the brakes come away
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Once you can see the mounting pin, grip it with some pliers an gently pull/twist the wheel, it will pop off
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Now reattach the rear subframe to the floor of the car usin the screws. Little, if any, glue should be used.

Removing the front wheels;
Again, there are two Phillips screws at the front of the floor as shown
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Undoing them will drop the front steering assembly from the car into these parts
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Using the same method as the rear, gently squeeze some tin snips between the hub and the brake disc - take extra caution as the hubs are plastic and very fragile, it's a good idea NOT to hold onto the steering bar with your spare hand
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Now the wheels are off, reassemble the steering - avoid glue otherwise you risk gluing the steering in one position
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Remount the exhaust and brake ducts to the floor once screwed on
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All done
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Separating the brakes from the wheels;
This is tricky, and takes some practice
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Using some regular pliers, grip the rear of the brake discs an gently squeeze, rotate slightly, squeeze, repeat through 360 degrees, when you squeeze there will be a quiet creaking /clicking, this is the glue separating from the parts.
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Once you've completed the 360 degrees, grip the brake disc with the pliers and pull/twist , it should come away relatively easy.
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Be careful not to deform the wheel spokes , if you squeeze the brakes too hard it can make the job harder!
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Now you can use the original brakes on your new wheels, and chuck the old wheels into a diorama!
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Thanks for reading, I hope it helps at least someone
Pete
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#2 OFFLINE   Chahine

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:07 PM

Great tutorial!! May use this one for a future mod.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:54 PM

i will try this on my next R33, as the wheels from my first one didnt survive :)

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 06:26 PM

Nice tutorial Pete!  :occasion14:

Edited by RSIevolution, 22 March 2013 - 06:27 PM.

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 09:46 AM

Bumping for reference.

Just to clarify, two years since I did this and the wheel removal method has still worked for every AUTOart model I've tried. However separating the brakes from the wheels varies between models
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Posted 29 June 2015 - 03:03 PM

Thanks for detailed review! It looks so easy, i gotta try this :smile:

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 03:20 PM

that's a great run through! now to find some models to dismantle ha!

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 10:13 PM

Good tutorial man!

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 07:31 PM

Hey GUYS? I removed the screws all of them?? and.. WHY IS THE FRONT PART STICKING STILL?? IS IT ATTACHED TO SOMTHING??????

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 02:00 PM

Very good and useful example but sometimes brake discs are strongly glued to the wheel and it is not as easy.



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