Welcome to a new feature on ChopCult called Quick Fix. Plenty of mechanical issues can be solved with a dose of common sense and a little ingenuity. This one is brought to you by Dave Herr and the crew at Show Class Magazine. This and other gems of wisdom ran in issue two.
There is no real great way to get brake drums off and on a star hub wheel. Getting to the bolt heads is a pain in the ass and getting the force on them you want is impossible! Some places will sell you an Allen wrench for $15 and call it a star hub lug wrench. That's bullshit!
First, check your local pawn shopʼs tool bin. You can usually pick up a 7/16” Allen wrench and socket for a few bucks each. Now, saw the Allen wrench off just before the bend and round the edges off on a bench grinder or with a file. Make sure the cut-off Allen wrench fits down into the bolts but only sticks out the other side of the hub about an inch or so to avoid flex. You can use the tool this way if you like but itʼs best if you weld the wrench to the socket to avoid losing the two pieces and to make it easier to use.
This is the cheapest and best way Iʼve found to get the job done.
Thanks to Dave Herr and Show Class mag for this Quick Fix.