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I'm trying to change the rear breaks in my cruiser and i can't get past the first step. The drums are stuck.i have removed the retaining screw... i have tried adjusting the break pads away from the drum and spraying penetrating spray on the drum around the studs then banging on it and it doesn't move...am i missing something? is there a trick to getting stuck drums off?
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there are two threaded holes 180 degrees opposite of each other on the drum (about same orbit as retaining screw was). Thread in two 8mm x 1.25 (30mm in lenght about 1 1/2") bolts and start cranking one side at a time back and forth. If you start bending them, try a little propane heat on the center interface between axle end and drum (radius about 2.5"). They should 'pop' off.
 

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and it's brake, not break.

"I will break your neck"

"I need brakes on my truck"

minor details, I am the worst speller on the internet.
 

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Thanks for the advice on the brakes.

The spelling was typo related not really not knowing ahat break and brake are <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> thanks for the correction non the less
 

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Get a real big hammer. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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WARNING: If you need to buy new drums avoid the after market ones or check them out completely. The ones I got had a centerhole that was a couple of thousands to small. Once I put 'em on they were stuck. It was then that I realized no one threaded the holes for the bolts to pop 'em off. Ended up removing the inner axles and pressing 'em off. Save about $40, spent another $15 and alot more time. Buyer beware.
 

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Also be sure that your adjusters are backed offf all the way. As the drums wear, they tend to get grooves where the shoes rub when stopping, which can hold the drums on.

Rick d has it right, same on the minitrucks....if none of the above works, use a bfh (hammer) to beat them off from the backside edge of the drum. This may ruin them, but if you're careful it's ok.
 

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Thanks all for the advice. I got them off. I sprayed the hell out of them with PB blaster then two days later used the bolts to "pop" them off. came off in about 3 seconds. good warning on the aftermarket drums.
 

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Originally posted by Screwzer:
<STRONG>WARNING: If you need to buy new drums avoid the after market ones or check them out completely. The ones I got had a centerhole that was a couple of thousands to small. Once I put 'em on they were stuck. It was then that I realized no one threaded the holes for the bolts to pop 'em off. Ended up removing the inner axles and pressing 'em off. Save about $40, spent another $15 and alot more time. Buyer beware.</STRONG>

Where did you get the aftermarket drums so i can avoid the same problems....thanks
 
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