Upright Wheel Bearing and Hub Tools for Van Diemen cars
This easy to use press tool kit removes the hub from the bearing & bearing from the upright without damaging the parts.
Designed for use on late model and early model VanDiemen cars.
The complete kit includes:
Press tool for removing the hubs from the bearing on early and late model cars.
Removal tool for pressing out the front stub axle on early cars.
Bearing retainer tool for removing and installing the front bearing retainer on early cars.
Set of removable pins for doing all of the above.
This Kit Has Been Re-Configured / Revised as of 2021.
It now includes everything you need to work on early and Late model VD uprights, bearings & hubs.
We have eliminated the big press out bearing disc as you can press out the bearing from the upright by pressing on the bearing.
The complete kit: $95
VD wheel hub / upright bearing press tool Notes
The wheel hub tool has multiple stud location points in order to fit early and late model VD ‘press-out’ bores in the hub.
Make sure that the correct stud location points are used.
The inner stud positions close to the center are for removing the front stub axle from the bearing on early cars.
The small disc with the 3 holes is used to keep the studs aligned when pressing off the early stub axle/wheel retainer shaft.
Be sure to measure the stud lengths after installing them on the tool to ensure that the hub is pressed off evenly.
You will bend a stud or ruin the ‘press-out’ bores in the hub if the studs are uneven or in the wrong positions.
When pressing out the bearing from the upright, it is important to heat the upright casting gently with a heat gun or carefully with a propane torch moving the heat around so as not to concentrate it in any areas. It should be too hot to touch. This expands the aluminum slightly and the press out process should not pull any material from the casting walls. Use the hub tool without any studs installed and press against the inner race of the wheel bearing.
When installing the bearing be sure to heat the upright and freeze the bearing. It should drop into place without any pressing required. If you do it cold using a press, it can pull material from the walls and keep the bearing from seating properly. Freezing the bearing takes a long time – do it over night for best results. As an additional note: on the late model cars, we countersink the existing holes in the bearing retainer ring 82′ and use Torx flat head screws instead of the button head allen screws (with their tiny allen wrench). This makes life easier when it comes time to service the unit in the future. Be sure to clean out the threaded bores with a tap and add a drop of red LocTite to the screws before you assemble everything .