Torrington 8 Refurb Tutorial Needed

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Buster1

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 23, 2011
856
Las Vegas
Torrington 8 Refurb Tutorial Needed *Update

My old T8s were kinda "grindy" on a longer ride yesterday. Does anyone have any experience pulling them apart and re-greasing / checking them?
 
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SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
3,198
Inactive
What part specifically did you have questions about? The 8s and 10s are composed basically of an axle with axle cover and two sets of bearings in the cover cups, one set on either end, all held together with the axle shank at one end and an adjustable nut on the other. I've fixed a few pairs over the years.
 

Buster1

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 23, 2011
856
Las Vegas
Mike, you are correct, I just decided to "bust into it" today and went ahead and fully OH'd a pair of T8s. It wasn't that difficult. They roll like butta now!

My biggest issue is this...

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For some reason this particular pair has these flange clips on it which require destruction to remove. I will be searching some obscure hardware stores soon for replacements. But until then I was able to get these pedals back in order by dropping in a small washer and using a 1/4" E Clip to secure it. It is as good or better that the OG flanged style, however it doesn't look the same. But it is sturdy! If you have the kind without threaded ends/nuts and have just the post and groove, the 1/4" E Clip is perfect!

IMG_4582-1.jpg
 

SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
3,198
Inactive
Those pop clips are awful. They break up pretty easily. I'd be inclined to stick with what you have added there, if they are secure. The earlier pedals have the usual small hex nuts- nice for removal and rebuilding. The little press clips just seem to break up on you. I go out of my way to find the earlier hex nut type when I can get them. You certainly can work with the pop-off clip types, but then you usually end up replacing the clips like you did in the end. I wonder if it wouldn't be possible to cut threads with a die and then use hex nuts on those block skewers. I think you did just fine with what you have there though.

The biggest issue is usually either old grease/dust, or the end nut on the bearings is out of adjustment. Normally these Torrington bearings are pretty good, and once refreshed, roll nicely.

The next time I rebuild some 8s or 10s I'll do a blog entry on them with pictures. It's not too hard, but the pictures are always nice.

Mike, you are correct, I just decided to "bust into it" today and went ahead and fully OH'd a pair of T8s. It wasn't that difficult. They roll like butta now!

My biggest issue is this...

IMG_4575-1.jpg


For some reason this particular pair has these flange clips on it which require destruction to remove. I will be searching some obscure hardware stores soon for replacements. But until then I was able to get these pedals back in order by dropping in a small washer and using a 1/4" E Clip to secure it. It is as good or better that the OG flanged style, however it doesn't look the same. But it is sturdy! If you have the kind without threaded ends/nuts and have just the post and groove, the 1/4" E Clip is perfect!

IMG_4582-1.jpg
 
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Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
12,706
Portland, OR 97206
Good temporary solution, and thanks for the tip. BUT, if you find the correct push nuts at some obscure hardware store, please buy some for me too. I need 4 of 'em. I haven't been able to find these here yet.
 
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vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
13,590
crown point<indiana
Having nut problems again Dave?I'll check around to see if anyone has a pair they aren't using.Will P.M.ya
 

Iverider

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 24, 2010
3,376
Bloomington, United States
I know it wouldn't technically be "Restored" but why not thread the ends of the pedal pad shafts and put a nut on them?
 

Buster1

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 23, 2011
856
Las Vegas
Video, those were close, thanks.

Kraut, those look perfect...don't need 50 though right? Are you gonna get them? If so I'll chip in for a handful of 'em.
 
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Iverider

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 24, 2010
3,376
Bloomington, United States
No, I don't really need them. I just like finding things :)
 

Iverider

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 24, 2010
3,376
Bloomington, United States
I'm going to order these after all. I don't need them yet, but I'm sure I'll use them in the future on some pedal and I'm ordering Viton o-rings for the diesel monster.

If you need some, PM me. They'll be $1.50 for 4 push nuts (one pair of pedals worth) shipped in the Continental U.S.
 

vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
13,590
crown point<indiana
I surely hope this cures your nut problem Dave.Maybe you will be in a better mood once you get nuts that work properly.
 

Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
12,706
Portland, OR 97206
I surely hope this cures your nut problem Dave.Maybe you will be in a better mood once you get nuts that work properly.
They're supposed to be a full 1/4 inch, but they look a little pinchy. I'll try them on when they get here and let you know how they fit.
 

Iverider

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 24, 2010
3,376
Bloomington, United States
Dave, Don't send me any money if you haven't already.

Nuts came...they're crap! Too big.
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Never thought that would be a problem. If you sent the check already, I'll send you a video of it torn and burned up.
 

Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
12,706
Portland, OR 97206
Maybe we'll get lucky and find some really some really big pedals.
 
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Iverider

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 24, 2010
3,376
Bloomington, United States
Torrington 8,000s!!!

Weird push nut for such a small inside diameter. Grainger has some too, but I think I'm going to hit a local has-it-all hardware first.
 
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