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Subject: [TowerTalk] SS sheaves
From: Kevin Normoyle <>
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009 12:15:02 -0700
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when refurb'ing crankups, I always find the bronze sleeve bearings in 
the pulleys are worn and replace them. (along with the cables).

People here have noted the problem with finding the right size to 
replace the whole sheave. (McMaster-Carr usually doesn't have it, 
although they have the sleeve bearings, and SS retaining pins for the 
axle if you need them). I've sometimes seen side wear on the aluminum 
sheave, if the bearing was worn, because the sheave then tilts against 
the steel housing.

I was searching around and happened to find a place that seems to have 
the right smaller sizes, for example 3" O.D. by 1/2" wide with 1/2" bore 
for 1/4" wire rope...for not a bad price. (comparatively).
top of page 2: Stainless steel with bronze bearing: $29

Now, I've been reading some stuff about nylon sheaves and how their 
softness actually contributes to better wire rope life. Got me thinking 
about how the softness of the more typically installed aluminum sheaves 
might actually be a benefit, and whether SS sheaves might be a little 

But based on the wear and corrosion I've seen on aluminum sheaves, SS 
sheaves might make sense.
Has anyone used SS sheaves on a crankup?



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