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Rivets For Wheel Bushings

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One of the many great ideas on one of the Flite Test Speed Building tips page. A guy named Denver appeared in one of the videos. He was attending a Flite Fest and showed Josh an idea for using pop rivets as wheel bushings. In the video Josh used a pair of pliers to separate the rivet. I came up with this alternative. In my case I was using large (4″) wheels and the standard axle was too small. So I put a couple of these in each wheel to make a perfect fit.

You need a few pieces of scrap wood, some rivets, and a hammer. The rivets I bought were 3/16″ diameter, 1/4″ and 1/2″ length. Use the size that fits your wheels. Drill a hole in the scrap wood 7/32″ all the way through. Put the rivet in the hole, tap it with the hammer to separate it, and you have one bushing. Depending on which wheel you are using, you may need to open up the axle hole to 3/16″. Repeat as needed. More foam board tips at: https://foamboardflyers.com/ Link to this post: https://foamboardflyers.com/2018/06/29/use-rivets-for-wheel-bushings/
 

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Hai-Lee

Old and Bold RC PILOT
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One of the many great ideas on one of the Flite Test Speed Building tips page. A guy named Denver appeared in one of the videos. He was attending a Flite Fest and showed Josh an idea for using pop rivets as wheel bushings. In the video Josh used a pair of pliers to separate the rivet. I came up with this alternative. In my case I was using large (4″) wheels and the standard axle was too small. So I put a couple of these in each wheel to make a perfect fit.

You need a few pieces of scrap wood, some rivets, and a hammer. The rivets I bought were 3/16″ diameter, 1/4″ and 1/2″ length. Use the size that fits your wheels. Drill a hole in the scrap wood 7/32″ all the way through. Put the rivet in the hole, tap it with the hammer to separate it, and you have one bushing. Depending on which wheel you are using, you may need to open up the axle hole to 3/16″. Repeat as needed. More foam board tips at: https://foamboardflyers.com/ Link to this post: https://foamboardflyers.com/2018/06/29/use-rivets-for-wheel-bushings/
You can also use the tensioners, (?), used to tighten/tension bicycle spokes. I normally drill them to the required diameter for the wire if the wire is too large in dia. As they are brass under the plating they solder to the wire if required and so can be used as solder on locking collars as well,

Have fun!