WA Soldier B HubHelper for 2.5, 5, and 10 ton trucks

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This is the Soldier B HubHelper that I designed and produce to make the job of removing hubs/brake drums easier and more manageable when working by yourself and I'm happy to now offer them for the 2.5 ton and 10 ton trucks. This tool helps save your back from hefting the heavy and awkward brake drum/hub when working on brakes or wheel seals and holds the assembly up in the air while you change out bearing races, wheel seals, brake shoes, or wheel cylinders. It then gently glides back into place (if the working surface is smooth) onto the spindle without the worry of rolling the lip of the wheel seal. The 5 ton version is out in the field and I'm getting good feedback on their usage. I've personally used my first HubHelper to redo all my brakes and some of my wheel seals by myself and it makes the job a snap!

The first 2.5 ton prototype was tested on an M35A2 with no problems and its 2-piece design allows it to be shipped via a $21.10 flat rate USPS priority mail box.
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The 10-ton version has been designed, but has not yet made it through production to get mounted to an actual M123/M125. Stay tuned for pictures of the 10-ton tool when it's finished.

Prices and options:

Bare metal:
2.5 ton - $90 + $21.10 shipping
5 ton - $90 + quoted shipping
10 ton - $95 + quoted shipping

Powder coating is an option at $18 and the following colors are available:
safety yellow (the most popular)
gloss black
battle ship gray
corvette gray
dark industrial green (like a cast dodge bearing)


Usage of the HubHelper tool:

The HubHelper is NOT designed to lift or support the axle off of the ground. Once the axle is supported with the wheel removed the HubHelper first mounts to your floor jack (the floor jack must have a round hole in the mounting plate and not a d-shape hole) with a 1" or 3/4" or smaller bolt with a washer and then it mounts to your hub where the wheel mounts and uses lug nuts to secure itself to the wheel mounting surface. The outer face of the HubHelper will have heavily chamfered holes to mate with the tapered side of the lug nuts. On the rear axle the axle shaft will have to be unbolted to allow the hub to freely rotate so that the lug studs can line up with the HubHelper holes. Once the spindle nuts are removed the entire assembly simply pulls straight back on the floor jack wheels and then straight back on when finished with the repair. By leaving the HubHelper just loose enough that it can be swiveled on the floor jack by hand and can rock just slightly the tool is allowed to compensate for misalignment between the axle and floor jack by the user's minute adjustments via the upper grasping ring. This ring can also be used to lift up a hub assembly with an engine hoist or similar tool.


*This 2-piece 5 ton version is now available with the benefit of reduced shipping cost.
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A first run of 2.5 ton, 5 ton, and 10 ton HubHelpers has been laser cut, and half of them deburred. I'm about 1/3 of the way into the production process.

Update: batch is finished and here are a few examples...
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Update: after almost all the units have shipped out and the dust has settled I currently have 2 HubHelpers available that have not been spoken for. I previously thought they were all sold, but I miscounted.

I have (1) 2.5 ton yellow HubHelper and (1) 2-piece 5-ton yellow HubHelper. Please PM me if anyone is interested in either or both of them.
 

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There have been enough requests for a CUCV version of the HubHelper that I will start designing this version after the new year. I could probably use one on my Dana 70 as well. Let me know if you are interested in any of the HubHelper models and I will work them into the next batch!
 

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OK, I've got enough orders to start another small batch and that will happen as soon as i get the design for the CUCV completed.
 

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A few delays but current batch has been laser cut and is waiting for the press-brake operators to form them up.
 

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Bump...

The state lockdown has put a moratorium on my access to the shop so progress is paused on my current batch but should resume in a few weeks.
 

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Bump...

Manufacturing is reopening June 1st for my area so I should be able to get back at this batch.
 

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The current batch of HubHelpers is in the paint shop and should be getting powder coated next week!
 
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