Solara®/Spree GT - Invacare Canada

Solara®/Spree GT - Invacare Canada
Owner’s Operator and Maintenance Manual
Solara®/Spree GT™
DEALER: This manual MUST be given to
the user of the wheelchair.
USER: BEFORE using this wheelchair, read
this manual and save for future reference.
For more information regarding
Invacare products, parts, and services,
please visit www.invacare.com
WARNING
DO NOT use this product or any available optional equipment without first
completely reading and understanding these instructions and any additional
instructional material such as owner’s manuals, service manuals or instruction
sheets supplied with this product or optional equipment. If you are unable to
understand the warnings, cautions or instructions, contact a healthcare
professional, dealer or technical personnel before attempting to use this equipment
- otherwise, injury or damage may occur.
ACCESSORIES WARNING
Invacare products are specifically designed and manufactured for use in conjunction
with Invacare accessories. Accessories designed by other manufacturers have not
been tested by Invacare and are not recommended for use with Invacare products.
NOTE: Updated versions of this manual are available at www.invacare.com.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
REGISTER YOUR PRODUCT ............................................................... 8
SPECIAL NOTES ................................................................................ 9
LABEL LOCATIONS ......................................................................... 11
Wheelchairs without Transport Ready Option ................................................................................11
Wheelchairs with Transport Ready Option.......................................................................................12
TYPICAL PRODUCT PARAMETERS .................................................. 13
SECTION 1—GENERAL GUIDELINES ................................................. 15
Information for Healthcare Professionals/Assistants .......................................................................15
Anterior (Forward) Tilt......................................................................................................................15
Stability - All Models ................................................................................................................................15
Stability - All Models Except Recliners ................................................................................................16
Stability - Recliner Models Only............................................................................................................16
Operation Information............................................................................................................................17
Wheelchairs with TRRO or TRBKTS Only...................................................................................19
Tire Pressure .............................................................................................................................................19
Weight Training ........................................................................................................................................19
Weight Limitation.....................................................................................................................................19
SECTION 2—SAFETY/HANDLING OF WHEELCHAIRS ......................... 20
Stability and Balance.................................................................................................................................20
Coping With Everyday Obstacles.........................................................................................................22
A Note to Wheelchair Assistants ........................................................................................................22
Reaching, Leaning and Bending - Forward ..........................................................................................22
Reaching, Bending - Backward...............................................................................................................23
Tipping.........................................................................................................................................................23
Tipping - Curbs: Method 1 - Wheelchair with Step Tubes........................................................23
Tipping - Curbs: Method 2 - Wheelchair without Step Tube ...................................................24
Stairways.....................................................................................................................................................25
Transferring To and From Other Seats ..............................................................................................26
SECTION 3—SAFETY INSPECTION/TROUBLESHOOTING .................... 27
Safety Inspection Checklists...................................................................................................................27
Inspect/Adjust Initially .........................................................................................................................27
Inspect/Adjust Weekly........................................................................................................................28
Inspect/Adjust Monthly.......................................................................................................................28
Inspect/Adjust Periodically.................................................................................................................29
Troubleshooting - Mechanical ..............................................................................................................29
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SECTION 4—TRANSPORTING .......................................................... 30
Transporting ..............................................................................................................................................30
SECTION 5—MAINTENANCE ........................................................... 31
Maintenance Safety Precautions ............................................................................................................31
Suggested Maintenance Procedures .....................................................................................................31
SECTION 6—FRONT RIGGINGS ........................................................ 33
Installing/Removing Swingaway Footrest.............................................................................................33
Installing..................................................................................................................................................33
Removing ...............................................................................................................................................33
Installing/Removing Lift-Off Footrest...................................................................................................34
Installing..................................................................................................................................................34
Removing ...............................................................................................................................................34
Adjusting Footrest Height ......................................................................................................................34
Height Adjustment Ranges.................................................................................................................34
60°, 70° and 70° Taper.......................................................................................................................35
70° MFX, 90°, 70° LIFT and 90° LIFT Footrests ..........................................................................35
Installing Adjustable Angle Flip-Up Footplate Hinge ........................................................................36
Adjusting Adjustable Angle Flip-Up Footplates .................................................................................36
Depth Adjustment ...............................................................................................................................36
Angle Adjustment ................................................................................................................................37
Installing/Removing Elevating Legrests.................................................................................................37
Installing..................................................................................................................................................37
Removing ...............................................................................................................................................37
Raising/Lowering the Elevating Legrest ...............................................................................................38
Adjusting Footplate Height and Calfpad Height/Depth ...................................................................39
Adjusting the Footplate Height.........................................................................................................39
Adjusting Calfpad Height....................................................................................................................39
Adjusting Calfpad Depth ....................................................................................................................39
Composite/Articulating Footplate Heel Loop Replacement ..........................................................40
Disassembly ...........................................................................................................................................40
Composite .......................................................................................................................................40
Articulating ......................................................................................................................................40
Reassembly ............................................................................................................................................40
Replacing Sector Block............................................................................................................................40
Installing Impact Guards/Calf Strap/H-Calf Strap ..............................................................................41
SECTION 7—ARMS ......................................................................... 42
Installing/Removing/Adjusting Dual Point Armrest (Fixed And Adjustable Height) .................42
Installing Armrest.................................................................................................................................42
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Removing Armrest...............................................................................................................................42
Adjusting Armrest................................................................................................................................42
Removing/Installing and Using Flipback Armrests.............................................................................43
Removing/Installing Flip Back Armrest............................................................................................43
Removing Flip Back Armrest .......................................................................................................43
Installing Flip Back Armrest .........................................................................................................43
Using Armrest.......................................................................................................................................44
Replacing Conventional Armrest Pads ................................................................................................45
Using/Installing/Adjusting Locking Cantilever Arms .........................................................................45
Using Locking Cantilever Arms ........................................................................................................45
Installing Locking Cantilever Arms ..................................................................................................46
Adjusting Locking Cantilever Arm Height .....................................................................................46
Adjusting Locking Cantilever Arm Angle .......................................................................................47
Using/Installing/Adjusting Non-Locking Cantilever Arms ...............................................................49
Using Non-Locking Cantilever Arms ..............................................................................................49
Installing Non-Locking Cantilever Arms.........................................................................................49
Adjusting Non-Locking Cantilever Arm Height............................................................................50
Adjusting Non-Locking Cantilever Arm Angle .............................................................................50
Arm Pad Replacement for Cantilever Arms ......................................................................................51
Installing/Removing T-Arms ...................................................................................................................51
Installing T-Arms ..................................................................................................................................51
Removing T-Arms................................................................................................................................52
Adjusting The T-Arms.............................................................................................................................52
Adjusting T-Arm Height .....................................................................................................................52
Adjusting T-Arm Width .....................................................................................................................53
Adjusting T-Arm Depth......................................................................................................................53
Adjusting T-Arm Sockets........................................................................................................................54
Adjusting T-Arm Transfer Assists And/or Side Guards ..................................................................55
SECTION 8—BACK/SEAT ................................................................. 56
Folding/Unfolding the Back Assembly..................................................................................................56
Adjusting the Back Height ......................................................................................................................57
Installing/Removing Non-Adjustable Stroller Handles .....................................................................57
Installing Stroller Handles ..................................................................................................................57
Removing Stroller Handles ................................................................................................................58
Adjusting the Adjustable Angle Stroller Handles ..............................................................................58
Installing/Replacing Seat Positioning Straps.........................................................................................58
Installing..................................................................................................................................................58
Replacing ................................................................................................................................................59
Installing/Replacing Chest Positioning Straps .....................................................................................59
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Installing..................................................................................................................................................59
Replacing ................................................................................................................................................59
Installing and Removing a Seating System ...........................................................................................60
SECTION 9—TILT ............................................................................ 61
Engaging Tilt-In-Space ..............................................................................................................................61
Adjusting Trigger Release Cables .........................................................................................................62
Adjusting Hublock Cables.......................................................................................................................64
Positioning Tilt Locking Collars.............................................................................................................65
Adjusting Upper Tilt Locking Collar................................................................................................66
Adjusting Lower Tilt Locking Collar ...............................................................................................66
SECTION 10—VENT TRAY .............................................................. 68
Adjusting the Vent Tray Height ............................................................................................................68
SECTION 11—WHEELS/FORKS .......................................................... 69
Installing/Removing Rear Wheels .........................................................................................................69
Quick-Release .......................................................................................................................................69
Permanent Axle....................................................................................................................................70
Adjusting The Quick-Release Axle.......................................................................................................70
Seat-To-Floor Height Adjustment ........................................................................................................71
Adjusting Forks .........................................................................................................................................71
SECTION 12—WHEEL LOCKS/ANTI-TIPPERS ..................................... 72
Wheel Lock Adjustment.........................................................................................................................72
Using the Wheel Locks ..........................................................................................................................73
Operating Hublocks.................................................................................................................................74
Patient Operated Hublock.................................................................................................................74
Attendant Operated Hublock...........................................................................................................74
Foot Operated Hublock.....................................................................................................................74
Installing/Adjusting Anti-Tippers ...........................................................................................................75
Installing the Anti-Tippers..................................................................................................................75
Adjusting the Anti-Tippers.................................................................................................................75
SECTION 13—RECLINER BACK OPTION ........................................... 76
Recliner Operation ..................................................................................................................................76
Replacing Back/Headrest Upholstery...................................................................................................78
Back Upholstery ...................................................................................................................................78
Headrest Upholstery...........................................................................................................................78
Adjusting the Recliner Cables................................................................................................................79
Replacing the Recliner Cables ...............................................................................................................79
Removing Existing Recliner Cables..................................................................................................79
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Installing New Recliner Cables .........................................................................................................79
Replacing the Gas Cylinders ..................................................................................................................81
Adjusting the Gas Cylinders...................................................................................................................83
Determining Necessary Adjustments..............................................................................................83
Performing Adjustments.....................................................................................................................84
SECTION 14—CONTRACTURE FOOTPLATE OPTION ......................... 86
Adjusting the Contracture Assembly...................................................................................................86
Forward Mount ....................................................................................................................................86
Reversed Mount ...................................................................................................................................86
Contracture Assembly Angle Adjustment..........................................................................................87
Using the Optional Quick-Release Pin ................................................................................................87
Angle Adjustment of the Contracture Footplate..............................................................................88
Contracture Footplate Depth Adjustment.........................................................................................88
Contracture Footplate Height Adjustment........................................................................................89
Bilateral Contracture ..........................................................................................................................89
Contracture Platform ........................................................................................................................89
Replacing the Contracture Footplate Heel Loop .............................................................................90
SECTION 15—TRANSPORT READY OPTION ..................................... 91
About Transport Ready Packages.........................................................................................................92
Compliance Information .........................................................................................................................92
Specifications .............................................................................................................................................92
Weight Limit .........................................................................................................................................92
Securing the Wheelchair to the Vehicle .............................................................................................93
Positioning the Wheelchair in the Vehicle .....................................................................................93
Securement Points...............................................................................................................................94
Securing the Wheelchair ....................................................................................................................94
Securing the Occupant ............................................................................................................................95
Wheelchair-Anchored Belts ..............................................................................................................95
Vehicle-Anchored Belts ......................................................................................................................96
Seating System ......................................................................................................................................96
Positioning Belts ...................................................................................................................................97
LIMITED WARRANTY ..................................................................... 99
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REGISTER YOUR PRODUCT
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SPECIAL NOTES
SPECIAL NOTES
Signal words are used in this manual and apply to hazards or unsafe practices which
could result in personal injury or property damage. Refer to the table below for
definitions of the signal words.
SIGNAL WORD
MEANING
DANGER
Danger indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury.
WARNING
Warning indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION
Caution indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
may result in property damage or minor injury or both.
NOTICE
THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT IS SUBJECT TO
CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
WHEELCHAIR USER
As a manufacturer of wheelchairs, Invacare endeavors to supply a wide variety of
wheelchairs to meet many needs of the end user. However, final selection of the
type of wheelchair to be used by an individual rests solely with the user and his/her
healthcare professional capable of making such a selection.
WHEELCHAIR TIE-DOWN RESTRAINTS AND SEAT RESTRAINTS (TRRO OR
TRBKTS)
TRRO includes four factory-installed transport brackets and a wheelchair anchored
pelvic belt. TRRO has been crash-tested in accordance with ANSI/RESNA WC Vol 1
Section 19 Frontal Impact Test requirements for wheelchairs with a 168 lb crash
dummy, which corresponds to a person with a weight of 114 to 209 lbs.
TRBKTS includes four factory-installed wheelchair transport brackets. TRBKTS has
not been crash-tested in accordance with WC 19. Use these transport brackets only
to secure an unoccupied wheelchair during transport.
Only use the transport brackets included with TRRO and TRBKTS for the purposes
described in this manual.
As of this date, the Department of Transportation has not approved any tie-down
systems for transportation of a user while in a wheelchair, in a moving vehicle of any
type. It is Invacare’s position that users of wheelchairs should be transferred into
appropriate seating in vehicles for transportation and use be made of the restraints
made available by the auto industry. Invacare cannot and does not recommend any
wheelchair transportation systems.
Refer to Transport Ready Option on page 91 for more information about transporting the wheelchair.
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SPECIAL NOTES
WARNING
Only use the transport brackets included with TRRO and TRBKTS for the purposes
described in this manual.
SEAT POSITIONING STRAP
ALWAYS wear your seat positioning strap. Inasmuch as the SEAT POSITIONING
STRAP is an option on this wheelchair (you may order with or without the seat
positioning strap), Invacare strongly recommends ordering the seat positioning
strap as an additional safeguard for the wheelchair user. The seat positioning strap
is a positioning belt only. It is not designed for use as a safety device withstanding
high stress loads such as auto or aircraft safety belts. If signs of wear appear, belt
MUST be replaced IMMEDIATELY.
As regards restraints - seat/chest positioning straps - it is the obligation of the DME
dealer, therapists and other healthcare professionals to determine if a seat/chest
positioning strap is required to ensure the safe operation of this equipment by the
user. SERIOUS INJURY CAN OCCUR IN THE EVENT OF A FALL FROM A
WHEELCHAIR.
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LABEL LOCATIONS
LABEL LOCATIONS
Wheelchairs without Transport Ready Option
Serial Number for Spree GT is
located on the crossbrace.
Spree GT
Solara
Solara with Heavy Duty
Package ONLY
Serial Number for Solara is
located on the rear base frame,
on the left hand side.
WARNING
Detent balls should extend beyond the diameter of the axle
bushing for a positive lock. Keep detent balls clean.
WARNING
DO NOT OPERATE WITHOUT
THE ANTI-TIP TUBES
INSTALLED. P/N 60106X144
REV. 5/98
WARNING
Refer to Owner's Manual
for proper anti-tipper
setting.
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TYPICAL PRODUCT PARAMETERS
TYPICAL PRODUCT PARAMETERS
SOLARA
OVERALL WIDTH:
12-INCH WHEEL
18-24-INCH WHEELS
OVERALL DEPTH:
SPREE GT
Seat Width + 8¼ inches
Seat Width + 9¼ inches
(Example: 16 inch Wide Wheelchair = 24¼ inches Overall Width)
Without Front Riggings
Short Frame - 24-3/8 inches
Medium Frame - 27-3/8 inches
Long Frame - 30-3/8 inches
Without Front Riggings
Short Frame - 24-3/8 inches
Medium Frame - 27-3/8 inches
OVERALL HEIGHT
ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT CANES:
20 INCH BACK CANES:
24 INCH BACK CANES:
* Seat-to-Floor Height + 20 - 24 inches
* Seat-to-Floor Height + 21 inches
* Seat-to-floor Height + 25 inches
SHIPPING WEIGHT:
60 lbs
ANTI-TIPPERS:
Standard
FOOTREST:
Swing-Away Footrest (Standard)
Articulating Swing-Away Footrest, elevating Swingaway Footrests, Lift Off
Footrests, Contracture Footrests (Optional)
ARMRESTS:
Dual Point - Adjustable Height
Dual Point Fixed Height - Desk Length
Dual Point Fixed Height - Full Length
Adjustable Height - T-Arms
Dual Point-Flip Back
SEAT:
Optional
SEAT PAN COLOR:
Black
BACK:
Optional
57 lbs
Locking Cantilever Arms- Desk or
Full Length
Non-Locking Cantilever Arms
Adjustable Height - T-Arms
BACK ANGLE ADJUSTMENT: 90° to 120°
REAR AXLE:
Quick-Release or Fixed
REAR WHEELS:
12-inches Pneumatic (Standard): 12 inch Pneumatic with flat free (Optional);
18, 20, 22 and 24 inch Pneumatic, Urethane or Pneumatic with flat free
(Optional)
HANDRIMS:
Aluminum Handrims, Plastic Coated, Projection
CASTER SIZE:
6x2 inch with Precision Sealed
Bearings (Standard);
8-inch with Precision Sealed Bearings
(Optional),
5x1 or 6x1inch with Precision Sealed
Bearings (Optional).
6x2 inch with Precision Sealed
Bearings (Standard);
4x1, 5x1 or 6x1inch with Precision
Sealed Bearings (Optional).
SEAT WIDTH:
12 - 22 inches
12 - 18 inches
SEAT DEPTH
SHORT FRAME:
MEDIUM FRAME:
LONG FRAME:
12-16 inches
15-19 inches
18-22 inches
12-16 inches
15-19 inches
*NOTE: The seat-to-floor heights are based on pneumatic tires and pneumatic tires with flat free
inserts. If wheelchair is equipped with urethane tires, subtract ¼ inch from the measurements
listed above. All heights are measured with properly inflated new tires. These heights can vary
+ ¼ inch due to tire wear.
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TYPICAL PRODUCT PARAMETERS
SOLARA
SPREE GT
BACK HEIGHT:
20-24 inches
WHEEL LOCKS:
Push-to-Lock (Standard) or Pull-to-Lock
TILT-IN-SPACE:
Dual Cable Trigger Mechanism (Standard) - 5° to 50° of Tilt
RECLINER BACK:
Dual Cable Trigger Mechanism (Optional) 0-175° of Tilt
FRAME:
Aluminum and Steel
WEIGHT LIMITATION:
Solara: 250 lbs (114 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
Solara with
Heavy Duty Package: 350 lbs (159 kg)
*NOTE: The seat-to-floor heights are based on pneumatic tires and pneumatic tires with flat free
inserts. If wheelchair is equipped with urethane tires, subtract ¼ inch from the measurements
listed above. All heights are measured with properly inflated new tires. These heights can vary
+ ¼ inch due to tire wear.
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SECTION 1—GENERAL GUIDELINES
SECTION 1—GENERAL GUIDELINES
WARNING
SECTION 1 - GENERAL GUIDELINES contains important information for the safe
operation and use of this product.
Information for Healthcare Professionals/Assistants
The Solara/Spree wheelchair MUST be operated by a healthcare professional or assistant
when in any tilt position.
Anterior (Forward) Tilt
DO NOT operate the wheelchair when the seat frame is in the anterior (forward) tilt
position (frame stops in the lower position and approximately 5° forward tilt). Serious
bodily injury may occur to the patient and/or the assistant(s).
Anterior (forward) tilt is a feature of this wheelchair designed for the USE OF A
HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL or ASSISTANT ONLY. Engagement of the anterior
(forward) tilt MUST NEVER be performed by the wheelchair user. When anterior
(forward) tilt is needed, it MUST ALWAYS be engaged by a healthcare professional or
assistant. Make sure the occupant of the wheelchair is properly positioned and ALWAYS
engage both wheel locks.
Stability - All Models
The back height, seat depth, back angle, seating system, tilt angle, seat height, size/
position of the rear wheels, size/position of the front casters, as well as the user condition
directly relate to the stability of the wheelchair. Any change to one or any combination of
the eleven may cause the wheelchair to decrease in stability. These adjustments MUST be
performed by a qualified technician.
ALWAYS make sure that the wheelchair is stable BEFORE using the tilt-in-space.
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N/A N/A
LOCKING COLLAR
USER CONDITION
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
N/A
X
X
X
X
N/A N/A N/A
X
•
X
X
X
X
X
X
N/A N/A N/A
X
X
•
X
X
X
X
X
X
N/A
•
ANTI-TIPPERS
X
WHEEL LOCKS
X
WHEEL POSITION
X
WHEEL SIZE
X
CASTER POSITION
TILT ANGLE
•
X
CASTER SIZE
SEATING SYSTEM
X
TILT ANGLE
BACK ANGLE
X
SEATING SYSTEM
SEAT DEPTH
•
BACK ANGLE
BACK HEIGHT
SEAT DEPTH
NOTE: When changes
to the left hand column
occur, follow across the
chart and refer to the X
procedure to maintain
the proper stability,
safety and handling of
the wheelchair.
BACK HEIGHT
SECTION 1—GENERAL GUIDELINES
N/A N/A N/A N/A
X
N/A N/A
X
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
X
CASTER SIZE
X
N/A
X
N/A N/A
•
X
X
X
N/A
X
X
X
CASTER POSITION
X
N/A
X
N/A N/A
X
•
X
X
N/A
X
X
X
WHEEL SIZE
X
N/A
X
N/A N/A
X
X
•
X
N/A
X
X
X
WHEEL POSITION
X
N/A
X
N/A N/A
X
X
X
•
N/A
X
X
X
USER CONDITION
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
•
SEAT HEIGHT
X
N/A
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
N/A
N/A N/A N/A
X
X
X
Stability - All Models Except Recliners
To maintain maximum stability, position the rear wheel axle mounting brackets in the
most rearward position. Moving the rear wheels to any of the other mounting positions
causes the wheelchair to decrease in stability.
If moving the rear wheel axle mounting brackets to any forward position, ensure the
wheelchair is stable before using.
ALWAYS ensure stability before using maximum amount of tilt-in-space or moving the
rear wheel axle mounting brackets forward. Test wheelchair before it is occupied by the
end user to ensure safety.
Stability - Recliner Models Only
Before using ANY recline position of this wheelchair, make sure the rear wheel axle
mounting brackets are in the most rearward position in the axle mounting plate to
maintain the stability of the wheelchair. DO NOT change the handling/maneuverability
of the wheelchair by moving the rear wheel axle mounting brackets to ANY of the
forward positions. Moving the rear wheel axle mounting brackets to ANY of the forward
positions WILL change the center of gravity of the wheelchair, making the wheelchair less
stable.
ALWAYS make sure that the wheelchair is stable both in the full reclined (back at 180°)
position and the full upright (back at 90°) position before using the recliner option.
Before using the recliner option, make sure the anti-tipper wheel assemblies are in the
lowest adjustment hole (adjustment hole closest to the ground/floor).
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ALWAYS engage both wheel locks while reclining or inclining (sitting up) the wheelchair.
Both gas cylinders MUST be operational and adjusted properly before using the recliner.
DO NOT operate the recliner option if only one of the gas cylinders is operational or
adjusted properly.
Make sure the patient is properly positioned in the wheelchair before reclining or
inclining (sitting up) to maintain maximum stability and safety.
When returning the occupant of the wheelchair to the full upright position, more body
strength will be required for approximately the last twenty degrees of incline (sitting up).
Make sure to use proper body mechanics (use your legs) or seek assistance to avoid injury.
ALWAYS return the back to the upright position before lifting the wheelchair.
Operation Information
Unless otherwise noted, all service and adjustments should be performed while the
wheelchair is unoccupied.
To determine and establish your particular safety limits, practice bending, reaching and
transferring activities in the presence of a qualified healthcare professional before
attempting active use of the wheelchair.
ALWAYS wear your seat positioning strap. The seat positioning strap is a positioning belt
only. It is not designed for use as a safety device withstanding high stress loads such as
auto or aircraft safety belts. If signs of wear appear, belt MUST be replaced
IMMEDIATELY.
If the wheelchair is exposed to extreme temperature (above 100°F or below 32°F), high
humidity and/or becomes wet, prior to use, ensure handgrips DO NOT twist on the
wheelchair handle - otherwise damage or injury may occur.
ALWAYS check foam grips for looseness before using the wheelchair. If loose, contact a
qualified technician for instructions.
The necessary back angle (90°, 100°, 110° or 120°) MUST be selected before repositioning
the rear wheels forward.
DO NOT operate the tilt-in-space if the trigger release levers and cables are not properly
adjusted to ensure that the tilt-in-space is locked in place when engaged.
Pinch point may occur when returning the tilted seat to the full upright position. Make
sure the hands and body of the occupant, attendants and bystanders are clear of all pinch
points before returning the tilted seat to the full upright position.
DO NOT traverse, climb or go down ramps or slopes greater than 9°.
NEVER leave the occupied wheelchair unattended at any time, especially on an incline.
DO NOT attempt to reach objects if you have to move forward in the seat.
DO NOT attempt to reach objects if you have to pick them up from the floor by reaching
down between your knees.
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DO NOT lean over the top of the back upholstery/seating system. This will change your
center of gravity and may cause you to tip over.
DO NOT shift your weight or sitting position toward the direction you are reaching as
wheelchair may tip over.
DO NOT attempt to stop a moving wheelchair with wheel locks. Wheel locks are not
brakes.
DO NOT tip the wheelchair onto the rear wheels without assistance.
DO NOT use an escalator to move a wheelchair between floors. Serious bodily injury may
occur.
Before attempting to transfer in or out of the wheelchair, every precaution should be
taken to reduce the gap distance. Turn both casters parallel to the object you are
transferring onto. When transferring to and from the wheelchair, ALWAYS engage both
wheel locks.
DO NOT use wheelchair unless it has the proper tire pressure (p.s.i.). DO NOT overinflate
the tires. Failure to follow these suggestions may cause the tire to explode and cause
bodily harm. Recommended tire pressure is listed on the side wall of the tire.
DO NOT attempt to lift a wheelchair by lifting on any removable (detachable) parts.
Lifting by means of any removable (detachable) parts of a wheelchair may result in injury
to the user or damage to the wheelchair.
DO NOT stand on the frame of the wheelchair.
Anti-tippers MUST be attached at all times.
DO NOT use the footplates as a platform. When getting in or out of the wheelchair, make
sure that the footplates are in the upward position.
ALWAYS use the handrims for self-propulsion. Inasmuch as the handrims are an option
on this wheelchair (you may order with or without the handrims), Invacare strongly
recommends ordering the handrims as an additional safeguard for the wheelchair user.
If wheelchair is exposed to extreme temperature (above 100°F or below 32°F), high
humidity and/or becomes wet, prior to use, ensure handgrips do not twist on (product
name here) handle - otherwise damage or injury may occur.
ALWAYS use anti-tippers. When outdoors on wet, soft ground or on gravel surfaces, antitippers may not provide the same level of protection against tip over. Extra caution MUST
be observed when traversing such surfaces.
DO NOT use the spreader bar for lifting or transporting the wheelchair. DO NOT use the
spreader bar as a weight bearing support.
Make sure detent balls of the quick-release pin are fully released before operating the
wheelchair.
The detent balls MUST be protruding past the top of the seat plate assembly for a positive
lock.
Keep detent balls clean.
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SECTION 1—GENERAL GUIDELINES
Wheelchairs with TRRO or TRBKTS Only
Transport ready packages are not retrofittable to existing models and are not field
serviceable.
Only use the transport brackets included with TRRO and TRBKTS for the purposes
described in this manual.
Tire Pressure
DO NOT use your wheelchair unless it has the proper tire pressure (P.S.I.). DO NOT
overinflate the tires. Failure to follow these recommendations may cause the tire to
explode and cause bodily harm. The recommended tire pressure is listed on the side wall
of the tire.
Weight Training
Invacare DOES NOT recommend the use of its wheelchairs as a weight training
apparatus. Invacare wheelchairs have NOT been designed or tested as a seat for any kind
of weight training. If occupant uses said wheelchair as a weight training apparatus,
INVACARE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR BODILY INJURY AND THE WARRANTY IS
VOID.
Weight Limitation
Invacare Spree GT wheelchairs have a weight limitation of 200 lbs (91 kgs). Invacare
Solara wheelchairs have a weight limitation of 250 lbs (114 kgs). Invacare Solara
wheelchairs with the Heavy Duty package have a weight limitation of 350 lbs (159 kgs).
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SECTION 2—SAFETY/HANDLING OF
WHEELCHAIRS
“Safety and Handling” of the wheelchair requires the close attention of the wheelchair
user as well as the assistant. This manual points out the most common procedures and
techniques involved in the safe operation and maintenance of the wheelchair. It is
important to practice and master these safe techniques until you are comfortable in
maneuvering around the frequently encountered architectural barriers.
Use this information only as a “basic” guide. The techniques that are discussed on the
following pages have been used successfully by many.
Individual wheelchair users often develop skills to deal with daily living activities that
may differ from those described in this manual. Invacare recognizes and encourages each
individual to try what works best for him/her in overcoming architectural obstacles that
they may encounter, however ALL WARNINGS and CAUTIONS given in this manual
MUST be followed. Techniques in this manual are a starting point for the new wheelchair
user and assistant with “safety” as the most important consideration for all.
Stability and Balance
WARNING
ALWAYS wear your seat/chest positioning strap. Inasmuch as the SEAT/CHEST
POSITIONING STRAP is an option on this wheelchair (You may order with or
without the Seat/Chest Positioning Strap), Invacare strongly recommends ordering
the Seat/Chest Positioning Strap as an additional safeguard for the wheelchair user.
The seat positioning strap is a positioning belt only. It is not designed for use as a
safety device withstanding high stress loads such as auto or aircraft safety belts. if
signs of wear appear, belt MUST be replaced IMMEDIATELY.
DO NOT CLIMB, GO UP or DOWN ramps or traverse slopes greater than 9°.
Invacare strongly recommends proceeding down ramps or slopes slowly to avoid
hard braking or sudden stops.
DO NOT leave elevating legrests in the fully extended position when proceeding
down ramps or slopes.
Be aware that carrying heavy objects on your lap while occupying the wheelchair
may adversely affect the stability of the wheelchair, resulting in serious bodily injury
to the user, damage to the wheelchair and surrounding property.
This wheelchair has been designed to accommodate one individual. If more than
one individual occupies the wheelchair this may adversely affect the stability of the
wheelchair, resulting in serious bodily injury to the user and passenger and damage
to the wheelchair and surrounding property.
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SECTION 2—SAFETY/HANDLING OF WHEELCHAIRS
To assure stability and proper operation of your wheelchair, you MUST at all times
maintain proper balance. Your wheelchair has been designed to remain upright and
stable during normal daily activities as long as you do not move beyond the center of
gravity.
Virtually all activities which involve movement in the wheelchair have an effect on the
center of gravity. Invacare recommends using seat/chest positioning straps for additional
safety while involved in activities that shift your weight.
DO NOT lean forward out of the wheelchair any further than the length of the armrests.
Make sure the casters are pointing in the forward position whenever you lean forward.
This can be achieved by advancing the wheelchair and then reversing it in a straight line.
The Invacare Solara/Spree GT wheelchair should be operated by an assistant when the
wheelchair is in any tilted position.
WARNING
DO NOT attempt to reach objects if you have to move forward in the seat or pick
them up from the floor by reaching down between your knees.
The back height, seat depth, back angle, seating system, tilt angle, seat height, size/
position of the rear wheels, size/position of the front casters, as well as the user condition directly relate to the stability of the wheelchair. Any change to one or any
combination of the eleven may cause the wheelchair to decrease in stability. These
adjustments MUST be performed by a qualified technician.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 2.1.
Many activities require the wheelchair
user to reach, bend and transfer in and out
of the wheelchair. These movements will
cause a change to normal balance, center of
gravity, and weight distribution of the
wheelchair. To determine and establish
your particular safety limits, practice
bending, reaching and transferring
activities in several combinations in the
presence of a qualified healthcare
professional BEFORE attempting active
use of the wheelchair.
CENTER OF
GRAVITY
UNOCCUPIED
Proper positioning is essential for your
safety. When reaching, leaning, bending or
bending forward, it is important to use the
casters as a tool to maintain stability and
balance.
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FIGURE 2.1 Stability and Balance
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Coping With Everyday Obstacles
Coping with the irritation of everyday obstacles can be somewhat alleviated by learning
how to manage your wheelchair. Keep in mind your center of gravity to maintain stability
and balance.
A Note to Wheelchair Assistants
When assistance to the wheelchair user is required, remember to use good body
mechanics. Keep your back straight and bend your knees whenever tilting wheelchair or
traversing curbs or other impediments.
WARNING
DO NOT attempt to lift the wheelchair by any removable (detachable) parts. Lifting by means of any removable (detachable) parts of a wheelchair may result in
injury to the user or damage to the wheelchair.
Also, be aware of detachable parts such as arms or legrests. These MUST NEVER be used
to move the wheelchair or as lifting supports, as they may be inadvertently released,
resulting in possible injury to the user and/or assistant(s).
When learning a new assistance technique, have an experienced assistant help you before
attempting it alone.
Reaching, Leaning and Bending - Forward
WARNING
DO NOT attempt to reach objects if
you have to move forward in the seat or
pick them up from the floor by reaching
down between your knees.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to
FIGURE 2.2.
Position the casters so that they are
extended away from the drive wheels and
engage wheel locks.
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FIGURE 2.2 Reaching, Leaning and Bending
- Forward
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Reaching, Bending - Backward
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 2.3.
WARNING
DO NOT lean over the top of the back
upholstery. This will change your center
of gravity and may cause you to tip over.
Position wheelchair as close as possible to
the desired object. Position the casters so
that they are extended away from the drive
wheels to create the longest possible
wheelbase. Reach back only as far as your
arm will extend without changing your
sitting position.
FIGURE 2.3 Reaching, Bending - Backward
Tipping
WARNING
DO NOT tip the wheelchair without assistance.
When tipping the wheelchair, an assistant should grasp the back of the wheelchair on a
non-removable (non-detachable) part. Inform the wheelchair occupant before tipping the
wheelchair and remind him/her to lean back. Be sure the occupant’s feet and hands are
clear of all wheels and/or pinch points.
After mastering the techniques of tipping the wheelchair, use one of the following
methods to tackle curbs, short stairs, etc.
Tipping - Curbs: Method 1 - Wheelchair with Step Tubes
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 2.4.
Place foot on the step tube and begin to tilt the wheelchair toward you. Apply a
continuous downward motion until the balance point is achieved and the front casters
clear the curb. At this point, the assistant will feel a difference in the weight distribution.
WARNING
When lowering the front casters of the
wheelchair, DO NOT let the wheelchair
drop the last few inches to the ground.
This could result in injury to the occupant and/or damage to the wheelchair.
Step Tube
FIGURE 2.4 Tipping - Curbs: Method 1 Wheelchair with Step Tubes
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Roll the wheelchair forward and slowly lower the front of the wheelchair in one
continuous movement onto the sidewalk. Do not let the wheelchair drop the last few
inches to the ground. This could result in injury to the occupant. Push the wheelchair
forward until the rear wheels roll up and over the curb.
Tipping - Curbs: Method 2 - Wheelchair without Step Tube
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 2.5.
This method requires two assistants. The second assistant should be positioned at the
front of the wheelchair lifting upward on a non-removable (non-detachable) part of the
wheelchair frame when lifting the wheelchair and stabilizing the wheelchair when the
wheelchair is being lowered to the ground.
Rotate the anti-tippers so the anti-tip wheels are pointing up. The first assistant should
stand on the sidewalk and turn the wheelchair so that the rear wheels are against the curb.
The wheelchair should be tilted back to the balance point and, in one continuous upward
movement, the rear wheels should be pulled up and over the curb. DO NOT return the
front casters to the ground until the wheelchair has been pulled backward far enough for
the front casters to clear the edge of the curb.
WARNING
When lowering the front casters of the
wheelchair, DO NOT let the wheelchair
drop the last few inches to the ground.
This could result in injury to the occupant and/or damage to the wheelchair.
Roll the wheelchair backward and slowly
lower the wheelchair in one continuous
movement. DO NOT let the wheelchair
drop the last few inches to the ground. This
could result in injury to the occupant.
FIGURE 2.5 Tipping - Curbs: Method 2 Wheelchair without Step Tube
Rotate the anti-tippers so the anti-tip
wheels are pointing down.
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Stairways
WARNING
ALWAYS wear your seat/chest positioning strap. Inasmuch as the SEAT/CHEST
POSITIONING STRAP is an option on this wheelchair (You may order with or
without the Seat/Chest Positioning Strap), Invacare strongly recommends ordering
the Seat/Chest Positioning Strap as an additional safeguard for the wheelchair user.
The seat positioning strap is a positioning belt only. It is not designed for use as a
safety device withstanding high stress loads such as auto or aircraft safety belts. if
signs of wear appear, belt MUST be replaced IMMEDIATELY.
DO NOT attempt to lift the wheelchair by any removable (detachable) parts.
Lifting by means of any removable (detachable) parts of a wheelchair may result in
injury to the user or damage to the wheelchair.
Extreme caution is advised when it is necessary to move an occupied wheelchair up
or down the stairs. Invacare recommends that, if possible, the user be removed
from the wheelchair prior to moving. Invacare recommends using two assistants
and making thorough preparations. Make sure to use ONLY secure, non-detachable
parts for hand-hold supports.
Follow these instructions for moving the wheelchair between floors when an elevator
is NOT available:
1. If necessary, rotate the anti-tippers so the wheels are facing up.
2. After the wheelchair has been tilted back to the balance point, one assistant (in the
rear) backs the wheelchair up against the first step, while securely grasping a nonremovable (non-detachable) part of the wheelchair for leverage.
3. The second assistant, with a firm hold on a non-detachable part of the framework, lifts
the wheelchair up and over the stair and steadies the wheelchair as the first assistant
places one foot on the next stair and repeat STEP 1.
4. The wheelchair should not be lowered until the last stair has been negotiated and the
wheelchair has been rolled away from the stairway.
5. If necessary, rotate the anti-tippers so the wheels are facing down.
WARNING: ESCALATORS
DO NOT use an escalator to move a wheelchair between floors. Serious bodily
injury may occur.
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Transferring To and From Other Seats
WARNING
BEFORE attempting to transfer in or out of the wheelchair, every precaution should
be taken to reduce the gap distance. Align both casters parallel with the object you
are transferring onto. Also be certain the wheel locks are engaged to help prevent
the wheels from moving.
CAUTION
When transferring, position yourself as far back as possible in the seat. This will
prevent damaged upholstery and the possibility of the wheelchair tipping forward.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 2.6.
NOTE: This activity may be performed independently provided you have adequate mobility and
upper body strength.
1. Position the wheelchair as close as possible along side the seat to which you are
transferring, with the front casters parallel to it.
2. Engage wheel locks.
3. Remove or flip back armrests.
4. Shift body weight into seat with transfer.
NOTE: During independent transfer, little or no seat platform will be beneath you. Use a transfer
board if at all possible.
Maximum Gap Distance
FIGURE 2.6 Transferring To and From Other Seats
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SECTION 3—SAFETY INSPECTION/
TROUBLESHOOTING
NOTE: Every six months take your wheelchair to a qualified technician for a thorough inspection
and servicing. Regular cleaning will reveal loose or worn parts and enhance the smooth operation
of your wheelchair. To operate properly and safely, your wheelchair MUST be cared for just like any
other vehicle. Routine maintenance will extend the life and efficiency of your wheelchair.
Safety Inspection Checklists
Initial adjustments should be made to suit your personal body structure needs and
preference. Thereafter follow these maintenance procedures:
Inspect/Adjust Initially
CAUTION
As with any vehicle, the wheels and tires should be checked periodically for cracks
and wear, and should be replaced.
❑ Ensure wheelchair rolls straight (no excessive drag or pull to one side).
❑ Inspect clothing guards for bent or protruding metal.
❑ Ensure that all fasteners on clothing guards are secure.
❑ Ensure arms are secure but easy to release and adjustment levers engage properly.
❑ Ensure adjustable height arms operate and lock securely.
❑ Ensure armrest upholstery has no rips.
❑ Ensure armrest pad sits flush against arm tube.
❑ Ensure hand grips are not loose.
❑ Ensure seat, back and/or arm upholstery have no rips.
❑ Ensure trigger release lever cables and handles return when released.
❑ Inspect handrims for signs of rough edges or peeling finish.
❑ Ensure there is no excessive side movement or binding when drive wheels are lifted
and spun.
❑ Ensure sealed bearings and axle nut tension are correct.
❑ Adjust bearing system if wheel wobbles noticeably or binds to a stop.
❑ Ensure wheel/fork assembly has proper tension when caster is spun. Caster should
come to a gradual stop.
❑ Loosen/tighten caster locknut if wheel wobbles noticeably or binds to a stop.
❑ Ensure all caster/wheel/fork/headtube fasteners are secure.
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❑ Ensure that casters are free of debris.
❑ Ensure wheel locks do not interfere with tires when rolling.
❑ Ensure wheel lock pivot points are free of wear and looseness.
❑ Ensure wheel locks are easy to engage.
❑ Inspect tires for flat spots and wear.
❑ Check pneumatic tires for proper inflation.
❑ Check that all labels are present and legible. Replace if necessary.
Inspect/Adjust Weekly
CAUTION
As with any vehicle, the wheels and tires should be checked periodically for cracks
and wear, and should be replaced.
❑ Ensure wheelchair rolls straight (no excessive drag or pull to one side).
❑ Ensure hand grips are not loose.
❑ Ensure wheel/fork assembly has proper tension when caster is spun. Caster should
come to a gradual stop.
❑ Ensure all caster/wheel/fork/headtube fasteners are secure.
❑ Ensure that casters are free of debris.
❑ Check pneumatic tires for proper inflation.
Inspect/Adjust Monthly
❑ Ensure sealed bearings and axle nut tension are correct..
❑ Ensure there is no excessive side movement or binding when drive wheels are lifted
and spun.
❑ Adjust bearing system if wheel wobbles noticeably or binds to a stop.
❑ Inspect tires for flat spots and wear.
❑ Ensure wheel locks do not interfere with tires when rolling.
❑ Ensure wheel lock pivot points are free of wear and looseness.
❑ Ensure wheel locks are easy to engage.
❑ Inspect axles to ensure they are free from dirt, lint, etc.
❑ Inspect tilt slides and roller bearings to ensure they are free from dirt, lint, etc.
❑ Inspect seat positioning strap for any signs of wear. Ensure buckle latches. Verify
hardware that attaches strap to frame is secure and undamaged. Replace if necessary.
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Inspect/Adjust Periodically
CAUTION
As with any vehicle, the wheels and tires should be checked periodically for cracks
and wear, and should be replaced.
❑ Inspect clothing guards for bent or protruding metal.
❑ Ensure that all fasteners on clothing guards are secure.
❑ Ensure arms are secure but easy to release and adjustment levers engage properly.
❑ Ensure that casters are free of debris.
❑ Ensure adjustable height arms operate and lock securely.
❑ Ensure armrest upholstery has no rips.
❑ Ensure armrest pad sits flush against arm tube.
❑ Ensure trigger release lever cables and handles return when released.
❑ Ensure sealed bearings and axle nut tension are correct.
❑ Inspect handrims for signs of rough edges or peeling finish.
❑ Ensure seat, back and/or arm upholstery have no rips.
❑ Clean upholstery and armrests.
❑ Clean and wax all parts.
❑ Check that all labels are present and legible. Replace if necessary.
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LOOSENESS
IN CHAIR
X
SQUEAKS AND
RATTLES
SLUGGISH
TURN/PERFORMANCE
X
CASTERS
FLUTTER
CHAIR VEERS
LEFT/RIGHT
Troubleshooting - Mechanical
SOLUTIONS
If pneumatic tires, check for correct and equal pressure.
X
X
X
X
Check for loose stem nuts/bolts.
Check that casters contact ground at the same time.
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SECTION 4—TRANSPORTING
Transporting
1. Remove the seating system. Refer to the seating system Owner's Manual for
installation and removal of the seating system.
2. Remove the footrests. Refer to Installing/Removing Swingaway Footrest on page 33 or
Adjusting Footplate Height and Calfpad Height/Depth on page 39.
3. Remove the rear wheels. Refer to Installing/Removing Rear Wheels on page 69.
4. Remove the armrests. Refer to Installing/Removing/Adjusting Dual Point Armrest
(Fixed And Adjustable Height) on page 42 or Installing/Removing T-Arms on page 51.
5. Remove the stroller handle (if applicable). Refer to Installing/Removing NonAdjustable Stroller Handles on page 57.
6. Pull back release cord and fold the back towards the front of the wheelchair. Refer to
Folding/Unfolding the Back Assembly on page 56.
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SECTION 5—MAINTENANCE
Maintenance Safety Precautions
WARNING
After ANY adjustments, repair or service and BEFORE use, make sure all attaching
hardware is tightened securely - otherwise injury or damage may result.
CAUTION
DO NOT overtighten hardware attaching to the frame. This could cause damage to
the frame tubing.
Suggested Maintenance Procedures
1. Keep quick-release axles free of dirt and lint to ensure positive locking and proper
operation. Refer to Adjusting The Quick-Release Axle on page 70.
WARNING
WD-40®,
oil®,
DO NOT use
3-in-1
or other penetrating lubricants on quick-release
axles. Otherwise, binding and/or damage to the wheelchair may occur.
2. Clean quick-release axles once a week with a Teflon® lubricant.
WARNING
DO NOT use your wheelchair unless it has the proper tire pressure (p.s.i.). DO
NOT overinflate the tires. Failure to follow these suggestions may cause the tire to
explode and cause bodily harm. The recommended tire pressure is listed on the side
wall of the tire.
Replacement of a pneumatic tire or tube MUST be performed by a qualified
technician.
CAUTION
As with any vehicle, the wheels, casters and tires should be checked periodically for
cracks and wear, and should be replaced.
3. If tires are pneumatic, recommended tire pressures will be listed on the side wall of
the tires.
4. The wheels and tires should be checked periodically for cracks and wear, and should
be replaced.
5. Periodically check handrims to ensure they are secured to the rear wheels.
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6. Periodically adjust wheel locks as tires wear. Refer to Wheel Lock Adjustment on
page 72.
7. Make sure that ALL bolts are tight before operating wheelchair.
8. Keep tilt slides and roller bearings free of dirt and lint to ensure proper operation of
the tilt mechanism.
9. Periodically check the back fold down mechanisms to ensure that they lock the back
securely in place.
10. Periodically check front caster wheel bearings to make sure they are clean and free
from moisture. Use a Teflon lubricant if necessary.
11. Check upholstery for sagging, rips or tears.
12. Recliners Only - Periodically check gas cylinders for oil leaks. If oil leak is detected,
contact Invacare.
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SECTION 6—FRONT RIGGINGS
WARNING
After ANY adjustments, repair or service and BEFORE use, make sure all attaching
hardware is tightened securely - otherwise injury or damage may occur.
Installing/Removing Swingaway Footrest
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 6.1.
Installing
1. Turn the footrest to the side (open footplate is perpendicular to the wheelchair).
2. Insert the front rigging assembly mounting pin into the mounting tube of the
wheelchair frame.
3. Rotate the footrest towards the inside of the wheelchair until it locks into place.
NOTE: The footplate will be on the inside of the wheelchair when locked in place.
4. Repeat STEPS 1-3 for the other footrest assembly.
5. If necessary, adjust the footrest height. Refer to Adjusting Footrest Height on page 34.
Removing
1. Push the footrest release lever inward while rotating the front rigging outward.
2. Lift the footrest assembly out of the mounting pin of the wheelchair frame.
3. Repeat STEPS 1-2 for opposite side, if necessary.
Mounting Pin
Footrest Release Lever
Footrest Assembly
Mounting Tube
Wheelchair Frame
Footplate
NOTE: Only 60° Footrest
shown for clarity. Others will
attach the same way.
FIGURE 6.1 Installing/Removing Swingaway Footrest
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Installing/Removing Lift-Off Footrest
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 6.2.
Installing
1. Insert the footrest assembly mounting pins into the mounting tube of the wheelchair
frame.
2. Repeat STEP 1 for the other footrest assembly.
3. If necessary, adjust the footrest height. Refer to Adjusting Footrest Height on page 34.
Removing
1. Push the footrest release lever inward and lift footrest upward.
2. Repeat STEP 1 for opposite side, if necessary.
Mounting Pin
Footrest Assembly
Footrest Release Lever
Footplate
Mounting Tube
Wheelchair Frame
NOTE: Only 60° Footrest
shown for clarity. Others will
attach the same way.
FIGURE 6.2 Installing/Removing Swingaway Footrest
Adjusting Footrest Height
Height Adjustment Ranges
FOOTREST TYPE
ADJUSTMENT RANGE
60°
13-17-inches
70°
13-17-inches
90°
5-8-inches
90°
5-11-inches (with 3-inch extension)
NOTE: If using ANY type of extension with the adjustable flip-up footplate. Refer to Adjusting
Adjustable Angle Flip-Up Footplates on page 36.
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60°, 70° and 70° Taper
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 6.3.
1. Remove the footrest from the
wheelchair. Refer to
Installing/Removing Swingaway
Footrest on page 33.
Footrest Upper
Support
Hex Screw
Coved
Spacer
2. Remove the hex screw and coved
spacer and slide the footrest up or
down on its mounting tube until the
desired footrest height is achieved.
Mounting
Tube
Footrest
3. Reassemble the hex screw and coved
spacer through the footrest upper
support and mounting tube (FIGURE
6.3).
FIGURE 6.3 Adjusting Footrest Height 60°, 70° and 70° Taper
4. Securely tighten the hex screw and coved spacer.
5. Install the footrest assembly onto the wheelchair. Refer to Installing/Removing
Swingaway Footrest on page 33.
6. Repeat STEPS 1-5 for the opposite side of the wheelchair, if necessary.
70° MFX, 90°, 70° LIFT and 90° LIFT Footrests
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 6.4.
1. Remove any accessories that are attached to the footrests.
2. Remove the socket bolt, coved washer and locknut that secure the footplate to the
footrest support.
3. Reposition the footplate to the desired height.
4. Reinstall the socket bolt through the
mounting holes of the footplate and
footrest support.
Footrest Support
Height
Adjustment
Holes
WARNING
DO NOT overtighten socket bolt and
locknut. Footrest MUST be able to
rotate upward from the horizontal to
the vertical position.
Locknut
Socket Bolt
Footplate
5. Secure the footplate to the footrest
support with the coved washer and
locknut.
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FIGURE 6.4 Installing/Removing Swingaway
Footrest - 70° MFX, 90°, 70° LIFT and 90°
LIFT Footrests
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Installing Adjustable Angle Flip-Up Footplate Hinge
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 6.5.
1. Position the adjustable angle flip-up footplate hinge on the footrest support tube at the
desired height.
2. Position the hardware on the footrest support as shown in FIGURE 6.4.
3. Flip the footplate hinge to the up position.
NOTE: The footplate hinge will fall to the down position.
4. Tighten the socket screw and locknut that secure the footplate hinge to the footrest
support until the footplate hinge remains in the up position.
5. Check the up and down motion of the
footplate hinge to make sure the user of
the wheelchair can operate the
footplates easily.
Footrest
Support
Tube
NOTE: If the footplate's motion is too tight,
loosen the socket screw and locknut
approximately ¼-turn.
Locknut
Socket Screw
NOTE: If the footplate's motion is too loose,
tighten the socket screw and locknut
approximately ¼-turn.
Footplate
Hinge
FIGURE 6.5 Installing Adjustable Angle FlipUp Footplate Hinge
Adjusting Adjustable Angle Flip-Up Footplates
WARNING
When determining the angle of the footplates, make sure the rear of the footplates
do not interfere with the movement of the front casters. Otherwise, injury or
damage may occur.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 6.6.
Depth Adjustment
1. Remove the two flat screws and locknuts that secure footplate to the half clamp.
NOTE: Observe the angle of the footplate for reinstallation.
2. Move the footplate to one of four mounting positions.
NOTE: If desired depth is still not obtained, rotate the half clamp on the footplate hinge 180°.
3. Retighten the two flat screws and locknuts.
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NOTE: The setting for positioning the footplate on the half clamp may vary for each footplate.
4. Repeat STEPS 1-3 for opposite footplate, if desired.
Angle Adjustment
1. Loosen, but DO NOT remove the adjustment screw in the half clamp.
2. Position the footplate to the necessary angle to accommodate the user (Detail “A”).
3. Retighten the adjustment screw. Torque to over 90 in-lbs, but no more than 300 in-lbs.
4. Repeat STEPS 1-3 for opposite footplate, if desired.
5. Screw in or out until the adjustable angle flip-up footplate is perpendicular to the
footrest assembly or the desired inversion/eversion is obtained.
Detail “A” - Side View of Footplate and Footrest
Support
90° Footrest Support
Flat Screws
Footrest Support
Footplate
Footplate
Half Clamp
Footplate
Hinge
Adjustment Screw
Locknuts
FIGURE 6.6 Adjusting Adjustable Angle Flip-Up Footplates
Installing/Removing Elevating Legrests
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 6.7 on page 38.
Installing
1. Place elevating legrest on the outside of the wheelchair and insert mounting pin into
the mounting tube.
2. Rotate elevating legrest toward the inside of the wheelchair until it locks in place.
NOTE: The calfpad of the legrest will be on the inside of the wheelchair when locked in place.
3. Repeat STEPS 1-3 for the other elevating legrest assembly.
Removing
1. Push the legrest release handle inward while rotating the elevating legrest outward.
2. Lift the legrest assembly out of the mounting tube of the wheelchair frame.
3. Repeat STEPS 1-2 for opposite side, if necessary.
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Mounting Pin
Release Handle
Elevating Legrest
Inside of
Wheelchair
Mounting Tube
NOTE: The mounting tube will be part of the seat frame or wheelchair front frame
depending on wheelchair model.
FIGURE 6.7 Replacing Sector Block
Raising/Lowering the Elevating Legrest
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 6.8.
1. Perform one of the following:
• Raising: Lift legrest assembly up to desired height.
• Lowering: Lift elevating legrest assembly up with one hand. While supporting the
elevating legrest assembly (and user’s leg), pull release lever up with other hand
and lower legrest assembly to desired height.
Release Lever
Elevating Legrest
Assembly
FIGURE 6.8 Raising/Lowering the Elevating Legrest
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Adjusting Footplate Height and Calfpad Height/Depth
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 6.9.
Adjusting the Footplate Height
1. Loosen locknut and washer securing the slide tube to the elevating legrest.
2. Reposition footplate to desired height securely tighten locknut and washer.
3. If necessary, repeat STEPS 1-2 to adjust remaining footplate height.
Adjusting Calfpad Height
1. Loosen the mounting bolt and washer that secure the calfpad bracket to the elevating
legrest assembly.
2. Slide the calfpad bracket up or down until the desired calfpad height is obtained.
3. Tighten the mounting bolt and washer securing the calfpad bracket to the elevating
legrest assembly.
4. If necessary, repeat STEPS 1-3 to adjust remaining calfpad bracket.
Adjusting Calfpad Depth
1. Remove the mounting screw, spacer and locknut that secure the calfpad to the calfpad
bracket.
2. Insert mounting screw through one of four calfpad bracket mounting holes.
3. Using the mounting screw spacer and locknut, secure the calfpad to the calfpad
bracket.
4. If necessary, repeat STEPS 1-3 to adjust remaining calfpad assembly.
Calfpad Bracket
Spacer
Mounting Bolt and Washer
Calfpad
Elevating Legrest Assembly
Mounting Screw
Locknut
Locknut and Washer
Slide Tube
Calfpad Bracket Mounting Holes
Footplate
FIGURE 6.9 Adjusting Footplate Height and Calfpad Height/Depth
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Composite/Articulating Footplate Heel Loop
Replacement
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 6.10.
Disassembly
Composite Footplate
Swingaway Footrest Assembly
Composite
Phillips
Screw
1. Remove the hex screw and coved
spacer that secure the lower footrest
assembly to the swing away footrest
assembly.
Hex Screw and
Coved Spacer
Phillips
Screws
Lower Footrest
Assembly
Washer
Heel
Loop
Spacer
2. Remove the lower footrest assembly.
3. Remove the phillips screw and locknut
that secure the heel loop to the footrest.
Heel
Loop
4. Slide heel loop off of the footrest.
Locknut
Articulating
1. Remove the phillips screws, washers
and spacers that secure the heel loop to
the articulating footplate.
Spacer
Articulating
Footplate
FIGURE 6.10 Composite/Articulating
Footplate Heel Loop Replacement
Reassembly
1. Replace heel loop.
2. Reverse the disassembly procedures.
NOTE: When securing the heel loop to the footrest assembly, tighten phillips screw until the spacer
is secure.
Replacing Sector Block
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to
FIGURE 6.11.
Wheelchair
Frame
1. Remove the hex screw and washer that
secure the existing sector block to the
front rigging support tube.
Locking Pin
2. Position the new sector block on the
front rigging support tube. Make sure
the locking pin is facing up.
3. Secure the new sector block to the front
rigging support tube with the existing
hex screw and washer.
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Hex
Screw
Washer
Sector Block
FIGURE 6.11 Replacing Sector Block
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Installing Impact Guards/Calf Strap/H-Calf Strap
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 6.12.
NOTE: Impact guards are standard equipment on Model ST footrests. No assembly is required.
1. Remove impact guard/calf strap from packaged container.
2. Secure the impact guards to the footrest frame.
3. Secure the calf strap around the footrest frame (with the impact guards attached).
L
H-Calf Strap
Impact Guard
Calf Strap
FIGURE 6.12 Installing Impact Guards/Calf Strap/H-Calf Strap
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SECTION 7—ARMS
WARNING
After ANY adjustments, repair or service and BEFORE use, make sure all attaching
hardware is tightened securely - otherwise injury or damage may occur.
Installing/Removing/Adjusting Dual Point Armrest
(Fixed And Adjustable Height)
WARNING
Make sure the locking mechanism is secured BEFORE using wheelchair.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.1 on page 43.
Installing Armrest
1. Unlock armrest assembly by flipping the arm assembly release lever located on the
side rail to the UP (horizontal) position (Detail "A").
NOTE: Armrest locks MUST be in the unlocked position when placing arm into the arm sockets.
2. Install armrest assembly into the arm sockets.
3. When installed, lock the armrest assembly by pressing the release lever into the down
(vertical) position (Detail "A").
4. Repeat STEPS 1-3 for the opposite side of the wheelchair.
5. If necessary, adjust the armrest height. Refer to Adjusting Armrest on page 42.
Removing Armrest
1. Unlock armrest assembly by flipping the arm assembly release lever located on the
side rail to the up (horizontal) position (Detail "A").
2. Pull up on the armrest assembly to remove the armrest from the arm socket.
3. Repeat STEPS 1-2 for opposite side of wheelchair, if necessary.
Adjusting Armrest
1. Unlock the armrest assembly by flipping the armrest release lever on the top front of
the arm to the up (horizontal) position (Detail "A").
2. Adjust armrest assembly to desired height.
3. Lock the armrest assembly by pressing the release lever into the down (vertical)
position (Detail "A").
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4. Pull up on the armrest assembly to ensure the armrest is locked in place.
5. Repeat STEPS 1-4 for opposite side of wheelchair, if necessary.
DETAIL "A"
Armrest
Assembly
Arm Socket
Adjusts
Armrest Height
Locked - Down
(Vertical)
Unlocked - Up
(Horizontal)
Armrest
Release Lever
FIGURE 7.1 Installing/Removing/Adjusting Dual Point Armrest (Fixed And Adjustable Height)
Removing/Installing and Using Flipback Armrests
Removing/Installing Flip Back Armrest
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.2 on page 44.
Removing Flip Back Armrest
1. Unlock existing armrest assembly by flipping the arm assembly release levers located
on the side rail to the up (horizontal) as shown in Detail "A".
2. Pull the quick release pin out of the rear arm socket.
3. Pull up on the existing armrest to remove from the arm socket.
4. Repeat STEPS 1-3 for opposite side of wheelchair, if necessary.
5. Install the new/existing armrest on to the wheelchair. Refer to in this procedure of the
manual.
Installing Flip Back Armrest
1. If necessary, unlock new/existing armrest assembly by flipping the arm assembly release
levers located on the side rail to the up (horizontal) position (Detail "A").
2. Install new/existing armrest assembly into the arm sockets.
3. Lock the armrest assembly by flipping the arm assembly release levers located on the
side rail to the down (vertical) position (Detail "A").
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4. Install the quick release pin into the rear arm socket.
5. Repeat STEPS 1-4 for opposite side, if necessary.
Lock (Vertical)
Unlock
(Horizontal)
DETAIL "A"
Arm
Socket
Locked - Down
(Vertical)
Armrest
Release
Lever
Unlocked - Up
(Horizontal)
Arm
Socket
Height Adjustment
Lever
FIGURE 7.2 Removing/Installing Flip Back Armrest
Using Armrest
WARNING
Make sure the armrest release lever is in the locked position before using the wheelchair.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.3.
1. Unlock the flip back arms by rotating the armrest release lever forward.
2. Pull the front of the flip back arm straight up/out of the arm socket and towards the
rear of the wheelchair.
3. To use the flip back arm, push the flip-back arm towards the front of the wheelchair
and then downward into the arm socket.
4. Lock the flip back arms by rotating the armrest release lever towards the back of the
wheelchair.
DETAIL "A"
Swing Back Arm
Front
Armrest
Release Lever
and Socket
Locked - Down
(Vertical)
Unlocked - Up
(Horizontal)
Rear
FIGURE 7.3 Using Armrest
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Replacing Conventional
Armrest Pads
Armrest Pad
Armrest
Assembly
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to
FIGURE 7.4.
1. Remove the mounting screws that
secure the existing armrest pad to the
armrest assembly.
Mounting
Screws
2. Install new armrest pad and securely
tighten with the existing mounting
screws.
FIGURE 7.4 Replacing Conventional
Armrest Pads
Using/Installing/Adjusting Locking Cantilever Arms
Using Locking Cantilever Arms
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.5 on page 45.
1. Push the locking mechanism actuator towards the front of the wheelchair.
2. While holding the locking mechanism actuator, pull up on the cantilever arm towards
the rear of the wheelchair.
NOTE: If necessary, the locking mechanism in the cantilever arm can be repositioned so the
cantilever arm will open down instead of up. For this adjustment, contact a qualified technician.
3. To lock the cantilever arm, push down until there is an audible click.
4. Pull up on the cantilever arm to make sure it is locked in place.
Front of Wheelchair
Rear of
Wheelchair
Cantilever Arm
Push
Locking
Mechanism
Actuator
FIGURE 7.5 Using Locking Cantilever Arms
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Installing Locking Cantilever Arms
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.6.
NOTE: When removing the locknuts and washers from the cantilever arm assembly, leave the top
hex bolt, coved washers and spacer (between adjustment plate and cantilever arm) in place.
1. Slide the partially assembled cantilever arm assembly with mounting hardware
through the back cane. Make sure the adjustment plate is towards the inside of the
wheelchair.
NOTE: This includes top hex bolt, coved washers and spacer (between adjustment plate and
cantilever arm).
2. Slide the bottom hex bolt (w/coved washer) through the adjustment plate and back
cane.
3. Securely tighten the cantilever arm to the wheelchair with two locknuts and washers.
4. Adjust the angle of the cantilever arm, if necessary. Refer to Adjusting Locking
Cantilever Arm Angle on page 47.
Adjusting Locking Cantilever Arm Height
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.6 on page 47.
NOTE: When removing the locknuts and washers from the cantilever arm assembly, leave the top
hex bolt, coved washers and spacer (between adjustment plate and cantilever arm) in place.
1. Remove the two locknuts and washers securing the cantilever arm assembly to the
back cane.
2. Remove the cantilever arm assembly with hardware from the back cane.
3. Perform STEPS 1-4 in Installing Locking Cantilever Arms on page 46 to reposition the
arm at the desired height.
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Back Cane
Adjustment Plate
Locknuts
Coved Washers
Washers
Actuator
Spacer
Top Hex Bolt and
Coved Washer
Bottom Hex Bolt
Cantilever Arm
FIGURE 7.6 Installing Locking Cantilever Arms - Adjusting Locking Cantilever Arm Height
Adjusting Locking Cantilever Arm Angle
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.7.
NOTE: This adjustment is recommended if the back angle has been changed to keep arm parallel
to the ground/floor.
1. Flip the cantilever arm up and out of the way.
2. Remove the locknut that secures the locking pin to the arm adjustment plate.
3. Determine the mounting hole in the arm adjustment plate that will be used to
correspond to the back angle (FIGURE 7.7).
4. Securely tighten the locking pin and washer to the adjustment plate with a locknut.
5. Repeat STEPS 1-4 for the opposite side, if necessary.
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90°
100°
Back Angle Bracket
Back Angle Bracket
Arm Adjustment Plate
Arm Adjustment Plate
110°
120°
Back Angle Bracket
Back Angle Bracket
Arm Adjustment Plate
Arm Adjustment Plate
Arm Adjustment Plate
Locknut
Locking Pin
Washer
FIGURE 7.7 Adjusting Locking Cantilever Arm Angle
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Using/Installing/Adjusting Non-Locking Cantilever
Arms
WARNING
DO NOT use lap trays with non-locking cantilever arms.
Using Non-Locking Cantilever Arms
WARNING
DO NOT use lap trays with non-locking
cantilever arms.
Back Cane
Rear
Cantilever Arm
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to
FIGURE 7.8.
1. Pull the end of the cantilever arm down
to lower the cantilever arm.
FIGURE 7.8 Using Non-Locking Cantilever
Arms
2. Pull the end of the cantilever arm up to
move it out of the way.
Installing Non-Locking Cantilever Arms
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.9.
1. Remove the locknut and washer from
the lower hex bolt installed on the nonlocking cantilever arm.
Coved Washers and
Spacer
2. Slide hex bolt of the cantilever arm
assembly into the desired back cane
mounting hole.
Back Cane
Locknut
Washer
Cantilever Arm
3. Secure the cantilever arm to the
wheelchair with a washer and locknut.
Lower Hex Bolt
4. Adjust the angle of the cantilever arm,
if necessary. Refer to Adjusting NonLocking Cantilever Arm Angle on
page 50.
FIGURE 7.9 Installing Non-Locking
Cantilever Arms - Adjusting Non-Locking
Cantilever Arm Height
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Adjusting Non-Locking Cantilever Arm Height
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.9 on page 49.
1. Remove the locknut and washer from the lower hex bolt securing the cantilever arm
to the back cane.
2. Slide the cantilever arm assembly out of the back cane.
3. Reposition the cantilever arm assembly to the desired mounting hole.
4. Secure the cantilever arm to the wheelchair with a washer and locknut.
Adjusting Non-Locking Cantilever Arm Angle
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.10.
1. Loosen the mounting screw securing the cam to the cantilever arm.
2. Rotate the cam until the desired angle is achieved (Detail "B").
3. Tighten the mounting screw securing the cam to the cantilever arm.
Side View of Cam
Back Cane
Cam
Back
Cane
Cantilever Arm
Cantilever
Arm
DETAIL “B” - CAM POSITIONS
0° Arm Angle
4° Arm Angle
Back
Cane
8° Arm Angle
Back
Cane
Cam
Cam
12° Arm Angle
16° Arm Angle
Back
Cane
Back
Cane
Back
Cane
Cam
Cam
Cam
NOTE: All arm angles are relative to the back cane.
FIGURE 7.10 Adjusting Non-Locking Cantilever Arm Angle
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Arm Pad Replacement for Cantilever Arms
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.11.
1. Remove the mounting screws from the armrest pad.
2. Replace with NEW armrest pad.
3. Secure with existing hardware.
Full Length Arm Pads
Desk Length Arm Pads
Arm Pad
Armrest Pad
Cantilever
Arm Tube
Cantilever
Arm Tube
Cantilever
Slide Tube
Mounting Screws
Mounting
Screws
FIGURE 7.11 Arm Pad Replacement for Cantilever Arms
Installing/Removing T-Arms
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.12.
Installing T-Arms
1. Position the T-Arm over the T-Arm
socket on the wheelchair frame.
NOTE: Make sure the locking lever is towards
the front of the wheelchair.
2. Slide T-Arm into T-Arm socket until the
locking lever is in the slot in the T-Arm
socket and an audible "click" is heard.
T-Arm
3. Pull UP on T-Arm to make sure T-Arm
is locked in place.
Wheelchair
Frame
NOTE: If the T-Arm does not slide in the TArm socket as desired, adjust the T-Arm socket.
Refer to Adjusting T-Arm Sockets on page 54.
Slot
4. Adjust the T-Arm for desired height,
width and depth, if necessary. Refer to
Adjusting The T-Arms on page 52.
T-Arm
Socket
5. Repeat STEPS 1-4 for opposite side of
wheelchair.
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Locking Lever
(towards the front
of the wheelchair)
FIGURE 7.12 Installing/Removing T-Arms
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Removing T-Arms
1. Press the locking lever in and lift the T-Arm straight up and out of the T-Arm socket.
NOTE: If the T-Arm does not slide up and down in the T-Arm socket as desired, adjust
the T-Arm socket. Refer to Adjusting T-Arm Sockets on page 54.
2. Repeat STEP 1 for opposite side of the wheelchair.
Adjusting The T-Arms
Adjusting T-Arm Height
T-Arm
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to
FIGURE 7.13.
1. Unlock the T-Arm by flipping the TArm release lever towards the inside of
the wheelchair.
INSIDE T-Arm Post
NOTE: If necessary, pull the T-Arm release
lever out and rotate 180° so it can be flipped
towards the outside of the wheelchair.
T-Arm Release Lever LOCKED Position
Set Screws
2. Slide the T-Arm to one of:
Outside T- Arm Post
• Low Height T-Arms - Nine
positions.
• High Height T-Arms - Seven
positions.
NOTE: If the inside T-Arm post does not
slide up and down in the outside T-Arm
post as desired, perform one of the
following:
T-Arm Release Lever UNLOCKED Position
• Tighten - Tightening the set screws
on the outside T-Arm post will
make it more difficult to move the
inside T-Arm post up and down.
FIGURE 7.13 Adjusting T-Arm Height
• Loosen - Loosening the set screws on the outside T-Arm post will make it easier to
move the inside T-Arm post up and down.
3. Lock the T-Arm by flipping the T-Arm release lever towards the front of the
wheelchair.
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Adjusting T-Arm Width
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.14.
1. Remove the two mounting screws that
secure the arm pad to the arm tube.
Arm Tube
2. Turn the arm pad around and
reposition the arm pad on the arm tube.
Arm Pad
3. Re-secure the arm pad to the arm tube
with the two mounting screws. Tighten
securely.
Mounting
Screw
Mounting
Screw
4. Repeat for the opposite side, if
necessary.
FIGURE 7.14 Adjusting T-Arm Width
Adjusting T-Arm Depth
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.15.
1. Remove the two mounting screws that secure the arm pad to the arm tube.
2. Remove the two socket screws that secure the arm tube to the T-Arm post.
3. Reposition the arm tube on the T-Arm post:
A. Desk Length Arms - to one of three
positions depending on the desired
arm pad depth.
Arm Pad
B. Full Length Arms - to one of five
positions depending on the desired
arm pad depth.
Socket
Screws
NOTE: Two additional positions are
obtainable by turning the arm tube 180°.
Arm Tube
Mounting
Screw
4. Re-secure the arm tube to the T-Arm
post with the two socket screws.
Torque to 60-70 in.-lbs.
T-Arm
Post
5. Reattach the arm pad to the arm tube
with the two mounting screws. Tighten
securely.
Mounting
Screw
FIGURE 7.15 Adjusting T-Arm Depth
6. Repeat for the opposite side, if necessary.
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Adjusting T-Arm Sockets
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to
FIGURE 7.16.
NOTE: Perform this procedure if the T-Arm is
too loose in the socket or does not easily slide
UP and DOWN in the socket.
T-Arm
T-Arm Clamp
1. Remove the rear wheels from the
wheelchair, if necessary. Refer to
Installing/Removing Rear Wheels on
page 69.
Hex Screws
and Washers
2. Loosen, but DO NOT remove the four
hex screws and washers that secure TArm socket to T-Arm clamp.
Hex Screws
and Washers
Slot
Locking Lever
NOTE: The T-Arm socket will disassemble if
the four hex screws and washers are removed.
T-Arm Socket
FIGURE 7.16 Adjusting T-Arm Sockets
3. Slide the T-Arm into the T-Arm socket until the locking lever is in the slot in the T-Arm
socket and an audible "click" is heard.
4. Squeeze the T-Arm socket and the T-Arm clamp together until the socket is flush with
the T-Arm.
5. While holding the T-Arm socket and the T-Arm clamp together, tighten the four hex
screws and washers. Tighten securely.
6. Press IN on the locking lever and lift the T-Arm straight UP and out of the T-Arm
socket.
7. Repeat STEPS 3-6, if necessary until the T-Arm slides in the T-Arm socket as desired.
8. If necessary, install rear wheels. Refer to Installing/Removing Rear Wheels on page 69.
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Adjusting T-Arm Transfer Assists And/or Side Guards
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 7.17.
1. Remove the T-Arm from the wheelchair. Refer to Installing/Removing T-Arms on
page 51.
2. Remove the two socket screws that secure the side guard to the bottom clamp.
NOTE: Adjusting the side guards will directly affect the position of the transfer assist.
3. Perform one of the following:
• Small Side Guards - Move the bottom clamp UP to one of two mounting positions
in the side guard.
• Large Side Guards - Move the bottom clamp UP to one of three mounting positions
in the side guard.
4. Secure the side guard to the bottom clamp with the two socket screws.
5. Install the T-Arm onto the wheelchair. Refer to Installing/Removing T-Arms on
page 51.
T-Arm
Transfer
Assist
Side Guard
Socket
Screws
Bottom Clamp
FIGURE 7.17 Adjusting T-Arm Transfer Assists And/or Side Guards
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SECTION 8—BACK/SEAT
SECTION 8—BACK/SEAT
WARNING
After ANY adjustments, repair or service and BEFORE use, make sure all attaching
hardware is tightened securely - otherwise injury or damage may occur.
Folding/Unfolding the Back Assembly
WARNING
The back MUST be locked securely in place before using the wheelchair.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 8.1.
1. Do one of the following:
• Unfold - Push/pull the back towards rear of wheelchair until it locks in place.
• Fold - Pick up on the back release levers and push the back towards the front of the
wheelchair.
Release Lever
Release
Lever
FIGURE 8.1 Folding/Unfolding the Back Assembly
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Adjusting the Back Height
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE
8.2.
NOTE: Both back canes should be adjusted to
the same adjustment hole.
Back Height
Adjustment
Holes
Back
Cane
1. Remove the back height adjustment
screw and locknut that secure the back
cane to the wheelchair frame.
Back Height
Adjustment
Screw
Locknut
2. Adjust the back cane to the desired
height adjustment hole.
3. Reinstall the back height adjustment
screw and locknuts that secure the back
canes to the wheelchair frame.
FIGURE 8.2 Adjusting the Back Height
Installing/Removing Non-Adjustable Stroller Handles
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 8.3.
Installing Stroller Handles
1. Remove the plug buttons from both back canes, if necessary.
2. Slide stroller handle into the back canes.
3. Align the mounting holes of the stroller handle and the back canes.
4. Insert the bolt through the back cane and stroller handle.
5. Secure the stroller handle to the back cane with the bolt and nut.
6. Pull on the stroller handle to make sure it is locked securely in place.
Stroller Handle
Locknut
Bolt
Mounting Holes
Back
Cane
FIGURE 8.3 Installing/Removing Non-Adjustable Stroller Handles
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Removing Stroller Handles
1. Remove the locknuts that secure the stroller handle to the back cane.
2. Pull out the bolts that secure the stroller handle to the back canes.
3. Remove the stroller handle from the wheelchair.
4. Install the new stroller handle if desired. Refer to Installing Stroller Handles on
page 57.
Adjusting the Adjustable Angle Stroller Handles
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 8.4.
1. Press and hold in both buttons on the outside of the hinge arm of the stroller handle.
2. Adjust stroller handle to desired angle.
3. Release the buttons.
4. Push down on stroller handle to ensure hinge arms hold the desired position of the
stroller handle.
NOTE: There will be an audible click.
NOTE: If hinge arms DO NOT hold the position, contact Invacare technical support.
Adjustable Angle
Stroller Handle
Hinge Arm
Button
FIGURE 8.4 Adjusting the Adjustable Angle Stroller Handles
Installing/Replacing Seat Positioning Straps
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 8.5 on page 59.
Installing
1. Remove the hex screw and locknut that secures the back cane to the back plate.
2. Position the seat positioning strap against the back plate.
3. Install the hex screw through the seat positioning strap, coved spacers and back cane.
4. Securely tighten the seat positioning strap to the wheelchair with the locknut.
5. Repeat STEPS 1-4 for opposite side.
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Replacing
Back Plate
1. Remove the hex screw, locknut and seat
positioning strap from the back plate of
the wheelchair frame.
Back
Cane
Locknut
Seat Positioning
Strap
2. Discard existing seat positioning strap.
3. Install the new seat positioning strap to
the wheelchair. Refer to
Installing/Replacing Seat Positioning
Straps on page 58.
Coved
Spacers
Hex Screw
FIGURE 8.5 Installing/Replacing Seat
Positioning Straps
Installing/Replacing Chest Positioning Straps
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 8.6.
Installing
1. Position the chest positioning strap to one of the holes on the back cane.
NOTE: The standard recommended position for the chest positioning strap is in the top hole of the
back cane, but may be mounted according to the user's needs.
2. Secure the chest positioning strap to the back canes with the new/existing hex screw
and locknut (FIGURE 8.6).
3. Repeat STEPS 1-2 for opposite side.
Replacing
Back Cane
1. Remove the hex screw that secures the
chest positioning strap to the back cane.
Locknut
2. Discard existing chest positioning
strap.
Hex Screw
3. Repeat STEPS 1-2 for opposite side, if
necessary.
Chest Positioning Strap
4. Install the NEW chest positioning
strap. Refer to Installing/Replacing
Chest Positioning Straps on page 59.
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FIGURE 8.6 Installing/Replacing Chest
Positioning Straps
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SECTION 8—BACK/SEAT
Installing and Removing a Seating System
WARNING
Invacare products are specifically designed and manufactured for use in conjunction
with Invacare accessories. Accessories designed by other manufacturers have not
been tested by Invacare and are not recommended for use with Invacare products.
TRANSPORT READY OPTION ONLY - This wheelchair has been tested for seating in a motor vehicle with the factory installed seating system ONLY.
1. Ensure that the seating system is compatible with this wheelchair.
2. Refer to the seating system Owner's Manual for installation and removal.
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SECTION 9—TILT
SECTION 9—TILT
WARNING
After ANY adjustments, repair or service and BEFORE use, make sure all attaching
hardware is tightened securely - otherwise injury or damage may occur.
Engaging Tilt-In-Space
WARNING
The Invacare Solara wheelchair MUST be operated by an Assistant when in ANY
tilted position.
ALWAYS make sure that the wheelchair is stable before using the tilt-in-space.
Rear wheels may have to be repositioned rearward depending on the degree of tiltin-space required. ALWAYS ensure stability before using maximum amount of tiltin-space. TEST wheelchair before it is occupied by the end user to ensure safety.
DO NOT self propel wheelchair while in the tilted position.
ALWAYS engage both wheel locks while using the tilt-in-space.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 9.1.
NOTE: To lower the seat parallel with the floor, reverse the following procedure.
1. Place the wheelchair on a level surface.
2. Engage both wheel locks.
3. Inform the occupant of the wheelchair that the wheelchair is about to be tilted and
remind them to lean back.
4. Make sure the occupant's hands and body are clear of all pinch points.
5. Perform one of the following:
A. For Hand Operated Tilt (Detail “A”):
a. Stand behind the wheelchair and grasp both back canes firmly.
b. Pull up on the trigger release levers to release the tilt mechanism from the tilt
slide.
c. Slowly, push down on the back canes while pulling up on the trigger release
levers in a continuous motion.
d. When the seat reaches the desired angle, slowly let go of the trigger release
levers.
B. For Foot Operated Tilt (Detail “B”):
a. Push down on the foot lever to release the tilt mechanism from the tilt slider.
b. Slowly, push down on the back canes while keeping the foot lever depressed.
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c. When the seat reaches the desired angle, release the foot lever.
DETAIL “A”
Back Cane
Hand Operated Tilt
Trigger
Release
Lever
Tilt Slide
Tilt Mechanism
DETAIL “B” - FOOT OPERATED TILT
Back Canes
Tilt Slide
Foot Lever
Foot Lever
Tilt Mechanism
FIGURE 9.1 Engaging Tilt-In-Space
Adjusting Trigger Release Cables
WARNING
DO NOT adjust the trigger release cables while the cables are coiled up. The
adjustment will be too tight when the cable is straightened and the tilt mechanism
will not lock and hold its position, possibly causing injury.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 9.2.
NOTE: This procedure applies to tilt-in-space release cables only.
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1. To adjust the left tilt mechanism, do the following:
A. Squeeze the trigger release lever of the right cable assembly (Detail “A”).
B. Check that the teeth of the right gear sector engage with the gear rack (Detail “B”).
C. Try to tilt the wheelchair. The wheelchair should not tilt.
2. If the left side of the wheelchair tilts without squeezing the trigger release lever of the
left cable assembly or if the gear sector is not fully engaged with the gear rack, perform
the following steps:
A. Loosen the cable locking nut that secures the cable adjusting nut in place.
B. Turn cable adjusting nut one of two ways:
NOTE: If the cable is too loose, the tilt mechanism will not work.
NOTE: If the cable is too tight, the gear sector will not be fully engaged with the gear rack.
WARNING
DO NOT over tighten the cable adjusting nut on the cable. Over tightening the cable
adjusting nut on the cable WILL unlock the tilt mechanism, possibly causing injury.
• To Tighten - Turn the cable adjusting nut clockwise. DO NOT overtighten the
cable adjusting nut.
• To Loosen - Turn the cable adjusting nut counterclockwise.
C. While holding the cable adjusting nut in place, tighten the cable locking nut
against the cable adjusting nut.
D. Repeat STEP 1.
E. Repeat STEP 2 until the left side of the wheelchair does not tilt and that the gear
sector fully engages with the gear rack.
3. If necessary, repeat STEPS 1 and 2 to adjust the left trigger release lever.
WARNING
When cables have been rerouted due to seat depth adjustment, chair width
adjustment, or seating accommodation, cables MUST be readjusted.
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DETAIL “A”
Cable Locking
Nut
Trigger Release
Lever
Cable Assembly
Cable Adjusting Nut
DETAIL “B”
Gear Sector
Gear
Assembly
Gear Rack
NOTE: If there is a gap between the top of the gear rack teeth and the
bottoms of the gear sector teeth, the gear sector is not fully engaged.
FIGURE 9.2 Adjusting Trigger Release Cables
Adjusting Hublock Cables
WARNING
DO NOT adjust the hublock cables while the cables are coiled up. The adjustment
will be too tight when the cable is straightened and the tilt mechanism will not lock
and hold its position, possibly causing injury.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 9.3.
1. Lift up on the hublock lever to test the hublock.
NOTE: If the cable is too loose, the hublock will not work.
2. Perform one of the following:
A. Loosen the cable locking nut that secures the cable adjusting nut in place.
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B. Turn cable adjusting nut one of two ways:
• To Tighten - Turn the cable adjusting nut clockwise. DO NOT overtighten the
cable adjusting nut (FIGURE 9.2).
• To Loosen - Turn the cable adjusting nut counterclockwise (FIGURE 9.2).
C. While holding the cable adjusting nut in place, tighten the cable locking nut
against the cable adjusting nut.
Hublock
Lever
Cable
Adjusting Nut
Hublock
Cable
DETAIL “A”
FIGURE 9.3 Adjusting Hublock Cables
Positioning Tilt Locking Collars
WARNING
Anterior (forward) tilt is a feature of this wheelchair designed for the USE OF A
HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL or ASSISTANT ONLY. Engagement of the
anterior (forward) tilt MUST NEVER be performed by the wheelchair user. When
anterior (forward) tilt is needed, it MUST ALWAYS be engaged by a
HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL or ASSISTANT.
The back height, seat depth, back angle, seating system, tilt angle, seat height,
size/position of the rear wheels, size/position of the front casters, as well as the user
condition directly relate to the stability of the wheelchair. Any change to one or any
combination of the eleven may cause the wheelchair to decrease in stability. These
adjustments MUST be performed by a qualified technician.
DO NOT operate the wheelchair when the seat frame is in the anterior (forward)
tilt position (frame stops in the lower position and approximately 5° forward tilt).
Serious bodily injury may occur to the patient and the assistant(s).
TO HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS/ASSISTANTS:
Make sure the occupant of the wheelchair is properly positioned.
ALWAYS engage both wheel locks.
After ANY adjustments, repair or service and before use, make sure all attaching
hardware is tightened securely and locking collars are positioned at the same position on the tilt slide.
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Adjusting Upper Tilt Locking Collar
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 9.4.
NOTE: This procedure adjusts the degree of tilt that the wheelchair returns to for normal
operation. If the amount of tilt MUST be limited. Refer to Adjusting Lower Tilt Locking Collar on
page 66.
1. Loosen the set screw that secure the tilt
locking collar to the tilt slide.
Tilt Slide
2. Repeat STEP 1 for opposite side of
wheelchair.
Set Screw
NOTE: To determine tilt angle relative to the
seat frame, place a magnetic protractor
(available at any hardware store) on the back
and adjust the back until the magnetic
protractor reads desired angle of tilt.
Upper Tilt
Locking Collar
3. Tilt the wheelchair to the desired angle
of tilt.
Bearing Housing
FIGURE 9.4 Adjusting Upper Tilt Locking
Collar
NOTE: The Solara seat frame is at a 5° back angle relative to the ground.
4. Position the two tilt locking collars against the bearing housing.
NOTE: Before tightening, ensure that the two tilt locking collars are at the same position on the
tilt slide.
5. Securely tighten the two set screws of the tilt locking collars.
Adjusting Lower Tilt Locking Collar
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 9.5.
NOTE: This procedure limits the amount of tilt the wheelchair may have. If adjusting the angle the
wheelchair returns to. Refer to Adjusting Upper Tilt Locking Collar on page 66.
1. Loosen the set screw that secures the tilt locking collar to the tilt slide (Detail “A”).
2. Repeat STEP 1 for opposite side of wheelchair.
NOTE: To determine tilt angle relative to the seat frame, place a magnetic protractor (available at
any hardware store) on the back and adjust the back until the magnetic protractor reads desired
angle of tilt.
3. Tilt the wheelchair to the desired angle of tilt.
4. Position the two tilt locking collars against the bearing housing.
NOTE: Before tightening, ensure that the two tilt locking collars are at the same position on the
tilt slide.
5. Securely tighten the two set screws of the tilt locking collars (Detail “A”).
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DETAIL “A”
Tilt Slide
Bearing Housing
Set Screw
Lower Tilt Locking Collar
FIGURE 9.5 Adjusting Lower Tilt Locking Collar
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SECTION 10—VENT TRAY
SECTION 10—VENT TRAY
Adjusting the Vent Tray Height
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 10.1.
1. Remove the two mounting screws and two locknuts that secure the front vent tray
hanger bracket to the wheelchair frame.
2. Remove the four mounting screws, four washers and four locknuts that secure the rear
vent tray hanger brackets to the wheelchair frame.
3. Adjust the vent tray to the desired height.
NOTE: All the three vent tray hanger brackets should be adjusted to the same height adjustment
hole.
4. Install the two mounting screws and two locknuts to secure the front vent tray hanger
bracket to the wheelchair frame.
5. Install the four mounting screws, four washers and four locknuts to secure the rear
vent tray hanger brackets to the wheelchair frame.
Front Vent Tray
Hanger Bracket
Height
Adjustment
Holes
Height
Adjustment
Holes
Mounting
Screws
Mounting
Screws
Locknuts
Washers
Rear Vent Tray
Hanger Bracket
Rear Vent Tray
Hanger Bracket
Locknuts
FIGURE 10.1 Adjusting the Vent Tray Height
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SECTION 11—WHEELS/FORKS
SECTION 11—WHEELS/FORKS
WARNING
After ANY adjustments, repair or service and BEFORE use, make sure all attaching
hardware is tightened securely - otherwise injury or damage may occur.
Installing/Removing Rear Wheels
Quick-Release
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 11.1.
NOTE: To remove rear wheels, reverse this procedure.
1. Push in the detent pin of the quick-release axle and insert the quick-release axle
through the center of the rear wheel.
2. Push in the tip of the quick-release axle again and insert the axle (with wheel) into the
axle mounting plate on the side of the wheelchair frame until the assembly locks in
place.
WARNING
Make sure detent pin and locking pins of the quick-release axles are fully released
BEFORE operating the wheelchair.
The locking pins MUST be protruding past the inside of the axle mounting plate for
a positive lock.
Keep locking pins clean.
3. Ensure quick release axle locking pins
are properly engaged and secure in the
axle mounting plate by pulling the rear
wheel away from the wheelchair frame.
If the locking pins DO NOT engage or
there is too much movement of the rear
wheel assembly in a back and forth
position. Refer to Adjusting The QuickRelease Axle on page 70.
Wheelchair Frame
Rear Wheel
Locking Pins
Detent Pin
4. Repeat STEPS 1-3 for other rear wheel
assembly.
5. Adjust the wheel locks. Refer to Wheel
Lock Adjustment on page 72.
Quick-Release Axle
NOTE: Only 12-inch rear wheel is shown. All
other wheels will install/remove in the same
manner.
FIGURE 11.1 Installing/Removing Rear
Wheels
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Permanent Axle
Rear Wheel
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to
FIGURE 11.2.
Permanent Axle
NOTE: To remove rear wheels, reverse this
procedure.
1. Remove the permanent axles from the
packaged container.
2. Install permanent axle through the rear
wheel and axle plate.
Locknut
Axle Plate
3. Securely tighten the wheel to the
wheelchair frame with locknut.
FIGURE 11.2 Installing/Removing Rear
Wheels - Permanent Axle
NOTE: Only 12-inch rear wheel is shown. All other wheels will install/remove in the same
manner.
4. Repeat STEPS 2-3 for other rear wheel assembly.
5. Adjust the wheel locks. Refer to Adjusting The Quick-Release Axle on page 70.
Adjusting The Quick-Release Axle
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 11.3.
1. Remove rear wheel and quick-release axle from the wheelchair. Refer to
Installing/Removing Rear Wheels on page 69.
2. Depress detent pin in the quick-release axle and slide axle through the wheel hub.
3. Increase or decrease end play in the
quick release axle by adjusting the
locknut on the end of the quick-release
axle.
Rear Wheel
(Reference)
Axle Mounting
Plate
4. Reinstall rear wheel onto the
wheelchair. Refer to
Installing/Removing Rear Wheels on
page 69.
Locknut
Locking Pins
5. Release detent pin ensuring that the
locking pins are fully released.
Quick-Release Axle
6. Repeat STEPS 3-5 until the quickrelease axle locks properly.
Detent Pin
Wheel Hub
(Reference)
7. Repeat STEPS 1-6 for opposite side, if
necessary.
FIGURE 11.3 Adjusting The Quick-Release
Axle
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Seat-To-Floor Height Adjustment
WARNING
Repositioning the axle plates (seat-to-floor height) MUST be performed by a
qualified technician.
Adjusting Forks
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 11.4.
1. Remove the dust cover from the caster headtube.
2. To properly tighten caster journal system and guard against flutter, perform the
following check:
A. Tip back the wheelchair to floor.
B. Pivot both forks and casters to top
of their arc simultaneously.
Dust Cover
C. Let casters drop to bottom of arc
(wheels should swing once to oneside, then IMMEDIATELY rest in a
straight downward position).
Locknut
Caster
Headtube
D. Adjust locknuts according to
freedom of caster swing.
3. Test wheelchair for maneuverability.
4. Readjust locknuts if necessary, and
repeat STEPS 1-3 until correct.
5. Snap dust cover into the caster
headtube.
6. Repeat STEPS 1-5 for opposite side, if
necessary.
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SECTION 12—WHEEL LOCKS/ANTI-TIPPERS
SECTION 12—WHEEL LOCKS/ANTITIPPERS
WARNING
After ANY adjustments, repair or service and BEFORE use, make sure all attaching
hardware is tightened securely - otherwise injury or damage may occur.
Wheel Lock Adjustment
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 12.1.
NOTE: When changing the position of the rear wheels, the wheel locks MUST be repositioned.
NOTE: Before adjusting or replacing the wheel lock assemblies, ensure that the tires are inflated to
the recommended p.s.i on the side wall of the tire.
1. Loosen, but DO NOT remove, the two socket screws and set screws that secure the
wheel lock assembly to the wheelchair frame.
2. Measure the distance between the wheel lock shoe and the rear wheel.
3. Slide the wheel lock along the wheelchair frame until the measurement is between
5/32 and 5/16-inches.
4. Securely tighten the two socket screws and set screws.
5. Repeat STEPS 1-4 for the opposite wheel lock.
6. Engage the wheel locks and push against the wheelchair to determine if the wheel
locks engage the rear wheels enough to hold the wheelchair.
7. Repeat STEPS 1-6 until the wheel locks engage the rear wheels enough to hold the
wheelchair.
Socket Screws
Rear Wheel
Wheel Lock Assembly
Wheelchair Frame
Wheel Lock Shoe
FIGURE 12.1 Wheel Lock Adjustment
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Using the Wheel Locks
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 12.2.
1. Push the wheel lock handle forward to engage the wheel locks.
2. Reverse STEP 1 to disengage the wheel locks.
Locked
Pull to Lock
Wheel Locks
Unlocked
Wheel Lock
Handle
Wheel Lock
Handle
Wheel Lock
Assembly
Wheel Lock
Assembly
Rear Wheel
Rear Wheel
Locked
Push to Lock
Wheel Locks
Unlocked
Wheel Lock
Handle
Wheel Lock
Handle
Wheel Lock
Assembly
Wheel Lock
Assembly
Rear Wheel
Rear Wheel
FIGURE 12.2 Using the Wheel Locks
INSTALLATION WARNING
After ANY adjustments, repair or service and BEFORE use, make sure all attaching
hardware is tightened securely - otherwise injury or damage may occur.
ALWAYS engage both hublocks and reduce the gap distance BEFORE transferring
to and from the wheelchair. Turn all casters parallel to the object you are
transferring onto.
Hublocks are NOT brakes. DO NOT attempt to stop a moving wheelchair with the
hublocks.
Users should be evaluated by a care provider to determine the suitability of the hub
lock option. Repetitive uncontrolled motion or spasms can result in damage to the
hub lock system
Engaging the hublocks may not prevent the wheelchair from moving on all floor
surfaces including those that may be wet or slick. ALWAYS exercise caution when
transferring into or out of your wheelchair.
ALWAYS keep hands and fingers clear of moving parts to avoid injury.
DO NOT sit or transfer into the wheelchair unless it is fully open and the seat frame
rails are fully seated into the side frame H-blocks.
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Operating Hublocks
NOTE: If hublocks DO NOT engage properly (wheels move while hublocks are locked) or DO
NOT disengage properly contact a qualified technician.
Patient Operated Hublock
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to
FIGURE 12.3.
Unlocked (Hublock
Lever Up)
1. Perform one of the following:
Locked (Hublock
Lever Down)
• Engaging the Hublocks - Push
hublock lever down to engage the
hublocks.
Hublock Lever
• Disengaging the Hublocks - Pull
hublock lever up to disengage the
hublocks.
FIGURE 12.3 Patient Operated Hublock
Attendant Operated Hublock
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to
FIGURE 12.4.
Locked (Hublock
Lever Up)
1. Perform one of the following:
• Engaging the Hublocks - Push
hublock lever up to engage the
hublocks.
Unlocked (Hublock
Lever DOWN)
• Disengaging the Hublocks - Pull
hublock lever down to disengage
the hublocks.
Hublock Lever
FIGURE 12.4 Attendant Operated Hublock
Foot Operated Hublock
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to
FIGURE 12.5.
Unlocked (Hublock
Lever Up)
1. Perform one of the following:
• Engaging the Hublocks - Press
hublock pedal down to engage the
hublocks.
Locked (Hublock
Lever Down)
• Disengaging the Hublocks - Push
hublock pedal up to disengage the
hublocks.
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Hublock Pedal
FIGURE 12.5 Foot Operated Hublock
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SECTION 12—WHEEL LOCKS/ANTI-TIPPERS
Installing/Adjusting Anti-Tippers
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 12.6.
NOTE: A 1 ½ to 2 ¼ inch clearance between the bottom of the anti-tipper wheels and the floor
MUST be maintained at all times.
Installing the Anti-Tippers
1. Remove the anti-tippers from the accessory carton.
WARNING
Anti-tippers MUST be fully engaged and spring buttons fully protruding out of
adjustment holes.
2. Press the release buttons in and install the anti-tippers with the wheels facing down
until the locking buttons lock in place (FIGURE 12.6).
3. Adjust the anti-tippers. Refer to Adjusting the Anti-Tippers on page 75.
Adjusting the Anti-Tippers
1. Depress the release button on the wheeled portion of the anti-tipper and slide it
up/down to achieve 1 ½ to 2 ¼ inch clearance.
WARNING
Anti-tippers MUST be fully engaged and release buttons fully protruding out of
same respective adjustment holes BEFORE use. This will avoid a 3-Wheeling
situation.
2. Ensure that the release buttons are fully engaged in the adjustment holes and 1 ½ to 2
¼ inch clearance is maintained.
3. If a 1 ½ to 2 ¼ inch clearance cannot be obtained, contact a qualified technician.
4. Repeat STEPS 1-3 for opposite side.
Release Button
Anti-tipper
Release Button
Anti-tipper
(Wheeled Portion)
Locking
Button
Wheelchair
Frame
FIGURE 12.6 Installing/Adjusting Anti-Tippers
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SECTION 13—RECLINER BACK OPTION
SECTION 13—RECLINER BACK
OPTION
WARNING
After ANY adjustments, repair or service and BEFORE use, make sure all attaching
hardware is tightened securely - otherwise injury or damage may result.
The back height, seat depth, back angle, seating system, tilt angle, seat height,
size/position of the rear wheels, size/position of the front casters, as well as the user
condition directly relate to the stability of the wheelchair. Any change to one or any
combination of the eleven may cause the wheelchair to decrease in stability. These
adjustments MUST be performed by a qualified technician.
CAUTION
DO NOT overtighten hardware attaching to the frame. This could cause damage to
the frame tubing.
Recliner Operation
WARNING
Both gas cylinders MUST be operational and adjusted properly before using the
recliner. DO NOT operate the recliner option if only one of the gas cylinders is
operational or adjusted properly.
ALWAYS make sure that the wheelchair is stable in the full reclined (back at 180°)
position and the full upright (back at 90°) position before using the recliner option.
Make sure the patient is properly positioned in the wheelchair before reclining or
inclining (sitting up) to maintain maximum stability and safety.
ALWAYS engage both wheel locks while reclining or inclining (sitting up) the
wheelchair.
When returning the occupant of the wheelchair to the full upright position, more
body strength will be required for approximately the last twenty degrees of incline
(sitting up). Make sure to use proper body mechanics (use your legs) or seek
assistance to avoid injury.
Before using the recliner option, make sure the anti-tipper wheel assemblies are in
the lowest adjustment hole (adjustment hole closest to the ground/floor).
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WARNING (CONTINUED)
Before using ANY recline position of this wheelchair, make sure the rear wheels are
in the MOST REARWARD position to maintain the stability of the wheelchair. DO
NOT change the handling/maneuverability of the wheelchair by moving the rear
wheels to any of the forward positions. Moving the rear wheels to any of the forward
positions will change the center of gravity of the wheelchair, making the wheelchair
less stable.
ALWAYS return the back to the upright position before lifting the wheelchair.
Make sure occupant's hands and body are clear of all pinch points before reclining
back. Pinch points exist between spreader bar and gas cylinders. Use caution,
otherwise injury may occur.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 13.1.
1. Make sure the wheelchair is on a level surface.
2. Engage the wheel locks.
3. Inform the occupant of the wheelchair that the wheelchair is about to be reclined.
4. Make sure occupant's hands and body are clear of all pinch points.
5. Stand behind the wheelchair and grasp the adjustable angle stroller handle firmly.
6. Pull up on the trigger release levers to
release the gas cylinders.
Trigger Release
Lever
7. Slowly, squeeze the trigger release
levers and perform one of the
following:
Back
• Reclining - Allow the back to recline
to the desired angle.
• Returning to upright position - Pull
up and push the stroller handle
towards the front of the wheelchair
until the back is in the upright
position.
FIGURE 13.1 Recliner Operation
8. When the back reaches desired angle,
slowly release the handles of the
recliner cable assemblies.
9. Disengage the wheel locks.
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Replacing Back/Headrest Upholstery
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 13.2.
Back Upholstery
1. Remove the twelve mounting screws and washers that secure the back upholstery to
the back canes.
2. Remove existing back upholstery from back canes.
3. Install new back upholstery onto the back canes.
4. Install the twelve mounting screws and washers that secure the back upholstery to the
back canes.
Headrest Upholstery
1. Remove the six mounting screws and washers that secure the headrest upholstery to
the headrest extensions.
2. Remove the existing headrest upholstery from the headrest extensions.
3. Install the new headrest upholstery onto the headrest extensions.
4. Install the six mounting screws and washers that secure the headrest upholstery to the
headrest extensions.
Headrest Extension
Headrest Upholstery
Mounting Screws
and Washers
Back Cane
Back Upholstery
FIGURE 13.2 Replacing Back/Headrest Upholstery
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SECTION 13—RECLINER BACK OPTION
Adjusting the Recliner Cables
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to Adjusting the Gas Cylinders on page 83.
Replacing the Recliner Cables
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 13.3 on page 81.
NOTE: For ease of assembly, replace one recliner cable at a time.
Removing Existing Recliner Cables
1. Cut the tie wraps that secure the recliner cable to the back cane.
2. Remove the mounting screw and the locknut that secures the recline trigger release
lever to the back cane.
NOTE: Save the mounting screw and locknut for reuse when installing the new recliner
cables.
3. Remove the recline trigger release lever from the back cane.
4. Loosen the cable locking nut that secures the recliner cable to the recline trigger release
lever (Detail "A")
5. Unscrew the cable locking collar that secures the recliner cable to the recline trigger
release lever (Detail "A").
6. Remove the end of the recliner cable from the slot in the recline trigger release lever
(Detail "A").
7. Unscrew the fitting end of the recliner cable from the recline trigger release lever
(Detail "A").
8. Unscrew the cable locking nut that secures the recliner cable to the actuator housing
(Detail "B").
9. Remove the end of the recliner cable from the actuator.
10. Remove the recliner cable from the wheelchair.
Installing New Recliner Cables
1. Screw the recliner cable into the recline trigger release lever until the fitting end of the
cable is flush with the inside of the handle (Detail "A").
2. Install the end of the recliner cable into the slot in the recline trigger release lever
(Detail "A").
3. Screw the cable locking collar onto the trigger release lever until the collar bottoms out
on the trigger release lever (Detail "A").
4. While holding the cable locking collar and locking nut, tighten the cable locking nut
against the cable locking collar (Detail "A").
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CAUTION
Ensure that the recline trigger release lever operating the RIGHT gas cylinder
secures to the LEFT side of the adjustable angle stroller handle and that the recline
trigger release lever operating the LEFT gas cylinder secures to the RIGHT side of
the adjustable angle stroller handle, allowing the cables to form an “X” pattern
(Detail “A” of FIGURE 13.3). Otherwise, damage to the cables may occur.
5. While standing behind the wheelchair, secure the recline trigger release lever
operating the right gas cylinder to the left side of the adjustable angle stroller handle
with the existing mounting screw and locknut (Detail "C"). Securely tighten.
CAUTION
DO NOT over tighten the new cable into the actuator housing. Damage to the
actuator housing can occur.
6. Screw the end of the new recliner cable into the actuator housing until the cable is
tightened securely (Detail "B").
7. Install the end of the recliner cable onto the actuator (Detail "B").
NOTE: Make sure the recliner cable is positioned in the slot in the actuator.
8. Secure the recline cables to the back canes using new tie wraps (Detail “C”).
9. Repeat Removing Existing Recliner Cables on page 79 and Installing New Recliner
Cables on page 79 for the opposite recliner cable, if necessary.
10. Test the operation of the gas cylinders. Refer to Adjusting the Gas Cylinders on
page 83.
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DETAIL "A"
Recline Trigger
Release Lever
Fitting End
Recliner Cable
Trigger
Release
Lever
Operating
LEFT Gas
Cylinder
DETAIL "C"
Adjustable Angle
Stroller Handle
Trigger
Release
Lever
Operating
RIGHT Gas
Cylinder
Cable Locking
Collar
Cable Locking
Nut
Mounting
Screw
Tie
Wrap
Here
Back
Cane
Tie
Wraps
Locknut
Recliner
Cable
Cable
Locking Nut
Recline
Cable
Actuator
Housing
DETAIL "B"
FIGURE 13.3 Replacing the Recliner Cables
Replacing the Gas Cylinders
WARNING
Both gas cylinders MUST be operational and adjusted properly before using the
recliner. DO NOT operate the recliner if only one of the gas cylinders is
operational or adjusted properly.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 13.4 on page 83.
1. Loosen the jam nut on the rod of the existing gas cylinder that secures the gas cylinder
to the actuator housing.
2. Remove the button head cap screw, spacer, nylon washer, washer and locknut that
secure the bottom of the existing gas cylinder to the recliner brackets.
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3. Unscrew the existing gas cylinder from the actuator housing and remove the existing
gas cylinder from the wheelchair.
NOTE: Save the button head cap screw, spacer, nylon washer, washer and locknut for reuse when
installing the new gas cylinder.
4. Finger tighten jam nut on the new gas cylinder until it bottoms out on the cylinder rod.
WARNING
Screw the rod of the gas cylinder into the actuator housing ONLY until the actuator
is centered in the opening of the actuator housing.
Actuator Centered
Actuator Too Low
Actuator Too High
Opening
Opening
Opening
Actuator
Housing
Actuator
Housing
Actuator
Housing
Screwing the rod of the gas cylinder too far past center of the opening in the
actuator housing will activate the gas cylinders providing NO support for the back.
Possible injury to the user and/or attendant could result.
5. Screw the cylinder rod of the new gas cylinder into the actuator housing only until the
actuator is centered in the actuator housing. Refer to the above warning.
6. Tighten the jam nut on the rod of the new gas cylinder that secures the gas cylinder to
the actuator housing.
NOTE: The gas cylinders are controlled by the trigger release levers mounted on the
opposite sides of the gas cylinders. The right trigger release lever controls the Left gas
cylinder, and the left trigger release lever controls the right gas cylinder.
7. Squeeze the trigger release lever that controls the existing gas cylinder (the gas
cylinder that has NOT been removed).
8. While squeezing the trigger, raise or lower the recliner back until the mounting holes
of the new gas cylinder align with the mounting holes in the bracket of the back cane.
9. Reinstall the existing button head cap screw through the existing recliner brackets,
spacer, gas cylinder, nylon washer, mounting bracket and washer and tighten securely
with the existing locknut.
10. If necessary, repeat STEPS 1-9 for the opposite gas cylinder.
11. Adjust the new gas cylinder(s). Refer to Adjusting the Gas Cylinders on page 83.
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Squeeze Trigger Release Lever To
Align Mounting Holes (STEP 7, 8)
Actuator
Housing
Washer
(STEPS 2, 9)
Jam Nut (STEPS 1, 4, 6)
Locknut
(STEPS 2,9)
Cylinder Rod
Nylon Washer (STEPS 2, 9)
Gas Cylinder
Button Head Cap
Screw (STEPS 2, 9)
Bracket
Spacer (STEPS 2, 9)
FIGURE 13.4 Replacing the Gas Cylinders
Adjusting the Gas Cylinders
WARNING
Both gas cylinders MUST be operational and adjusted properly BEFORE using the
recliner. DO NOT operate the recliner if only one of the gas cylinders is
operational or adjusted properly.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 13.5 on page 85.
Determining Necessary Adjustments
NOTE: The gas cylinders are controlled by the trigger release levers mounted on the opposite sides
of the gas cylinders. The right trigger release lever controls the left gas cylinder, and the left trigger
release lever controls the right gas cylinder.
Refer to the following chart to determine the necessary adjustments:
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ACTION
NECESSARY
ADJUSTMENTS
Back releases WITHOUT squeezing
EITHER trigger release lever.
(Actuator too LOW.)
Adjust the LEFT AND
RIGHT gas cylinders
Back DOES NOT release while squeezing
BOTH trigger release levers.
(Actuator too HIGH.)
Adjust the LEFT
AND RIGHT gas cylinders.
Back releases while squeezing the
LEFT trigger release lever ONLY.
(Actuator too LOW.)
Adjust the LEFT gas
cylinders ONLY.
Back releases while squeezing the
RIGHT trigger release lever ONLY.
(Actuator too LOW.)
Adjust the RIGHT gas
cylinders ONLY.
Performing Adjustments
WARNING
Both gas cylinders MUST be operational and adjusted properly BEFORE using the
recliner. DO NOT operate the recliner if only one of the gas cylinders is
operational or adjusted properly.
1. To adjust the LEFT gas cylinder: Loosen the cable locking nut that secures the cable
adjusting nut in place.
2. Turn the cable adjusting nut one of two ways:
WARNING
DO NOT over tighten the adjusting nut on the recliner cable. Overtightening the
adjusting nut on the recliner cable WILL actuate the gas cylinder, possibly causing
injury.
• Clockwise - Turning the cable adjusting nut clockwise will tighten the recliner
cable. DO NOT overtighten the cable adjusting nut. Turn the cable adjusting nut
clockwise until actuator looks like Detail “B” of FIGURE 13.5.
• Counterclockwise - Turning the cable adjusting nut counterclockwise will loosen
the recliner cable.
NOTE: If the recliner cable is too loose, the gas cylinders will not work.
3. While holding the cable adjusting nut in place, tighten the cable locking nut against
the cable adjusting nut.
4. Repeat STEP 1.
5. Repeat STEP 2 until the left side of the back does not recline.
6. Squeeze the trigger release lever of the right recliner cable assembly and try to recline
the back. The back should not recline.
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7. To adjust the right gas cylinder: Repeat STEPS 1-3 for the left handle of the recliner
cable.
DETAIL "B"
MUST Look
Like This
Trigger
Release
Lever
Actuator
Housing
Cable Locking
Nut
Too Low
Too High
Actuator
Cable
Adjusting Nut
FIGURE 13.5 Adjusting the Gas Cylinders
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SECTION 14—CONTRACTURE
FOOTPLATE OPTION
Adjusting the Contracture Assembly
Forward Mount
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 14.1.
NOTE: The number of mounting positions on the contracture assembly may vary due to the width
of the wheelchair.
1. Align the mounting holes of the outer tube with the mounting holes of the insert tube
of the crossmember assembly.
2. Align the mounting holes of the
contracture footplate assembly with
two desired mounting positions of the
crossbreed assembly.
Washers
Locknuts
Mounting Holes
Insert
Tube
3. Secure the contracture assembly to the
crossmember assembly with the two
mounting screws, washers and
locknuts provided. Securely tighten.
Contracture
Assembly
Mounting
Screws
Outer Tube
4. If necessary, repeat STEPS 1-4 for the
other contracture assembly.
FIGURE 14.1 Adjusting the Contracture
Assembly - Forward Mount
Reversed Mount
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 14.2.
1. Remove the contracture footplate. Refer to Contracture Footplate Height Adjustment
on page 89.
2. Align the mounting holes of the contracture footplate assembly with two desired
mounting positions of the crossmember assembly.
3. Secure the contracture assembly to the
crossmember assembly with two
mounting screws, washers and
locknuts provided. Securely tighten.
Lock
Nuts
Insert Tube
4. Reinstall the contracture footplate.
Refer to Contracture Footplate Height
Adjustment on page 89.
Outer Tube
Mounting
Screws
Mounting Hole
5. If necessary, repeat STEPS 1-4 for the
other contracture assembly.
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Washers
Contracture Assembly
FIGURE 14.2 Adjusting the Contracture
Assembly - Reversed Mount
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Contracture Assembly Angle Adjustment
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 14.3.
1. Perform one of the following:
• Bilateral Contracture - Remove the mounting bolt and locknut used to lock the
angle adjustment of the contracture assembly.
• Contracture Platform - Remove the two mounting bolts and locknuts that lock the
angle adjustment of the contracture assembly.
2. Lift the contracture support up/down to achieve the desired angle.
3. Perform one of the following:
• Bilateral Contracture - Align the mounting hole in the contracture support with
one of seven mounting holes on the angle adjustment bracket.
• Contracture Platform - Align the upper support mounting hole with one of four
mounting holes in the angle adjustment plate.
4. Reinstall the mounting bolts (s) and locknut(s) to lock the angle adjustment of the
contracture assembly. Securely tighten.
Bilateral Contracture
Mounting Bolt
Contracture Platform
Angle Adjustment
Bracket
Locknuts
Angle
Adjustment Plate
Hole #
4
3
2
1
Angle
Locknut
Contracture
Support
Mounting
Bolts
Upper
Support
Mounting Holes
FIGURE 14.3 Contracture Assembly Angle Adjustment
Using the Optional Quick-Release Pin
WARNING
If not installed at time of shipment, the quick-release pin MUST be installed by a
qualified technician only, using a 1/8-inch pop rivet.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 14.4 on page 88.
NOTE: This procedure applies to the bilateral contracture footplate only.
NOTE: The quick-release pin replaces the mounting screw that is used to lock the angle adjustment
of the contracture support.
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1. Press the button on the quick-release
pin and insert through the contracture
support and the angle adjustment
bracket.
Pop Rivet
2. If necessary adjust the angle of the
contracture assembly. Refer to
Contracture Assembly Angle
Adjustment on page 87.
Button
Quick-Release Pin
Angle
Adjustment
Bracket
Contracture
Support
FIGURE 14.4 Using the Optional QuickRelease Pin
Angle Adjustment of the Contracture Footplate
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to
FIGURE 14.5.
Contracture
Assembly
1. Loosen, but DO NOT remove, the two
flat screws, washers and locknuts that
secure contracture footplate to the
footplate hinge.
Footplate
Hinge
2. Tilt the contracture footplate up/down
to achieve desired angle.
NOTE: Mounting
hardware removed
for clarity only.
3. Retighten the two flat screws, washers
and locknuts that secures the
contracture foot plate to the footplate
hinge.
Flat Screws
Contracture
Footplate
Washers
Lock Nuts
NOTE: Bilateral contracture footplate
shown for clarity.
4. If necessary, repeat STEPS 1-3 on
remaining contracture footplate.
FIGURE 14.5 Angle Adjustment of the
Contracture Footplate
Contracture Footplate Depth Adjustment
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 14.6 on page 89.
NOTE: Observe the angle of the contracture footplate for reinstallation.
1. Perform one of the following:
• Bilateral Contracture - Remove the two flat screws, washers and locknuts that
secure the contracture footplate to the footplate hinge.
• Contracture Platform - Remove the four flat screws that secure the contracture
platform to the half clamps.
2. Move the contracture footplate to one of four mounting hole.
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3. Perform one of the following:
• Bilateral Contracture - Reinstall the two flat screws, washers and locknuts that
secure the contracture footplate to the footplate hinge.
• Contracture Platform - Reinstall the four flat screws that secure the contracture
platform to the half clamps. Tighten securely.
Contracture Platform
Bilateral Contracture
Flat Screws
Flat Screws
Mounting
Hole
Contracture
Platform
Contracture
Footplate
Washers
Lock Nuts
Footplate Hinge
FIGURE 14.6 Contracture Footplate Depth Adjustment
Contracture Footplate Height Adjustment
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 14.7 on page 90.
Bilateral Contracture
1. Remove the mounting bolt, two coved washers, washer and locknut that secure the
footplate bracket to the contracture support.
2. Move the footplate bracket up/down to achieve desired height.
3. Align the mounting hole in the footplate bracket with one of seven mounting holes on
the contracture support.
4. Secure the footplate bracket to the contracture support with the mounting bolt, two
coved washers, washer and locknut. Securely tighten.
5. If necessary, repeat STEPS 1-4 on remaining contracture footplate.
Contracture Platform
1. Loosen, but do not remove, the two mounting bolts and locknuts that secure the
contracture platform to the upper support.
2. Slide the contracture platform to the desired height.
3. Tighten the two mounting bolts and locknuts that secure the contracture platform to
the upper support.
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Contracture Platform
Bilateral Contracture
Mounting
Holes
Contracture Support
Upper
Support
Mounting Bolts
Lock Nut
Coved Washers
Footplate Bracket
Washers
Locknuts
Mounting
Bolts
Contracture Platform
(Support - Contracture
Platform Not Shown)
FIGURE 14.7 Contracture Footplate Height Adjustment
Replacing the Contracture Footplate Heel Loop
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 14.8.
NOTE: This procedure applies to the bilateral contracture footplate only.
1. Tilt the contracture footplate forward to gain access to the mounting screws that
secure the heel loop to the underside of the contracture footplate. Refer to Angle
Adjustment of the Contracture Footplate on page 88.
2. Remove the four mounting screws and washers that secure the existing heel loop to
the contracture footplate.
3. Reverse STEPS 1-2 to install the new heel loop.
Mounting Screws
Washers
Contracture Footplate
Washers
Heel Loop
FIGURE 14.8 Replacing the Contracture Footplate Heel Loop
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SECTION 15—TRANSPORT READY
OPTION
WARNING
Contact Invacare Corporation (800-333-6900) with any questions about using this
wheelchair for seating in a motor vehicle.
When feasible, wheelchair occupants should transfer into the vehicle seat and use
the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) vehicle-installed restraint system.
This wheelchair has been dynamically tested in a forward-facing mode with the
specified crash test dummy restrained by BOTH pelvic and upper-torso belt(s)
(shoulder belts), and that BOTH pelvic and upper torso belt(s) should be used to
reduce the possibility of head and chest impacts with vehicle components.
Use ONLY Wheelchair Tie-down and Occupant Restraint Systems (WTORS) which
meet the requirements of the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) J2249
Recommended Practice during travel in a motor vehicle.
This wheelchair has been tested for seating in a motor vehicle with the factory
installed seating system ONLY.
This wheelchair MUST be in a forward facing position during travel in a motor
vehicle.
This wheelchair is equipped, and has been dynamically tested to rely on
WHEELCHAIR-ANCHORED pelvic belts. If desired, VEHICLE-ANCHORED pelvic
belts may be used.
IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT BOTH PELVIC AND UPPER-TORSO
BELT(S) BE USED TO REDUSE THE RISK OF INJURY.
To reduce the potential of injury to vehicle occupants, wheelchair-mounted
accessories, including but not limited to IV poles, trays, respiratory equipment,
backpacks, and other personal items should be removed and secured separately.
Postural supports, positioning devices, and/or strap(s) should NOT be relied on for
occupant restraint. These items may be used IN ADDITION TO the wheelchairanchored or vehicle-anchored belts.
Ensure quick-release pins are engaged through bearing housings and tilt slides.
DO NOT alter or substitute wheelchair frame parts, components, or seating
systems.
A sudden stop and/or collision may structurally damage your wheelchair.
Wheelchairs involved in such incidents should be replaced.
Transport ready packages are not retrofittable to existing models and are not field
serviceable.
Only use the transport brackets included with TRRO and TRBKTS for the purposes
described in this manual.
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About Transport Ready Packages
TRRO includes four factory-installed transport brackets and a wheelchair anchored
pelvic belt. TRRO has been crash-tested in accordance with ANSI/RESNA WC Vol 1
Section 19 Frontal Impact Test requirements for wheelchairs with a 168 lb crash dummy,
which corresponds to a person with a weight of 114 to 209 lbs.
TRBKTS includes four factory-installed wheelchair transport brackets. TRBKTS has not
been crash-tested in accordance with WC 19. Invacare recommends that these transport
brackets be used only to secure an unoccupied wheelchair during transport.
As of this date, the Department of Transportation has not approved any tie-down systems
for transportation of a user while in a wheelchair, in a moving vehicle of any type. It is
Invacare’s position that users of wheelchairs should be transferred into appropriate
seating in vehicles for transportation and use be made of the restraints made available by
the auto industry. Invacare cannot and does not recommend any wheelchair
transportation system.
Compliance Information
This wheelchair conforms with the requirements of the ANSI/RESNA WC/Vol. 1 - Section
19 (Frontal Impact Test)
NOTE: ANSI = American National Standards Institute, RESNA= Rehabilitation Engineering
and Assistive Technology Society of North America.
This wheelchair has been dynamically tested in a forward-facing mode with the specified
crash test dummy, which corresponds to a person with a weight of 114-209 pounds,
restrained by BOTH pelvic and shoulder belts in accordance with ANSI/RESNA WC Vol
1 Section 19. BOTH pelvic and upper torso belts should be used to reduce the possibility
of head and chest impacts with vehicle components.
Specifications
Only wheelchairs which fit in the following size ranges should be occupied in a motor
vehicle:
•12-inches to 22-inches wide
•12-inches to 22-inches deep
Weight Limit
MODEL
WHEELCHAIR WEIGHT LIMIT
Solara
Up to 250 pounds
Solara with Heavy Duty Package
Up to 350 pounds
Spree GT
Up to 200 pounds
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Securing the Wheelchair to the Vehicle
Positioning the Wheelchair in the Vehicle
WARNING
This wheelchair must be in a forward facing position during travel in a motor
vehicle.
The recommended clear zones for wheelchair seated occupants restrained by
BOTH pelvic and upper torso belt(s) and ONLY by a pelvic belt are shown in the
diagrams and described below.
Frontal Clear Zones (FCZ) need to be LARGER when upper torso belt(s) are NOT
used.
The rear clear zone of 16-inches is measured from the rearmost point on an
occupant’s head.
The frontal clear zone is measured from the frontmost point on an occupant’s head
and is 26-inches with pelvic and upper-torso belt(s) and 37-inches with ONLY a
pelvic belt.
The frontal clear zone may not be achievable for wheelchair-seated drivers.
The estimated seated height (HHT) from the ground or floor to the top of the
wheelchair-seated occupant’s head ranges from approximately 47-inches for a small
adult female to about 61-inches for a tall adult male.
Side View
Top View
(Frontal Clear Zone)
16in.
FCZ
8in.
8in.
16in.
HHT
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Securement Points
Tie-Down
Bracket
Tie-Down
Brackets
Quick-Release Pin
FIGURE 15.1 Securement Points
Securing the Wheelchair
WARNING
Ensure quick-release pins are engaged through bearing housings and tilt slides.
This wheelchair is to be used only with Wheelchair Tie-down and Occupant Restraint
Systems (WTORS) that have been installed in accordance with the manufacturer's
instructions and SAE J2249.
NOTE: A copy of SAE J2249 Wheelchair Tie-down and Occupant Restraint Systems (WTORS)
for use in Motor Vehicles can be obtained from: SAE International, 400 Commonwealth Drive,
Warrendale, PA 15096-0001, (877) 606-7232 or (724) 776-4970.
Attach WTORS to the tie-down brackets in accordance with the manufacturer's
instructions and SAE J2249.
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Securing the Occupant
Wheelchair-Anchored Belts
WARNING
The pelvic belt that is provided by Invacare has been tested for use in a motor vehicle on this wheelchair ONLY. DO NOT replace the pelvic belt with a different style
pelvic belt.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 15.2.
The wheelchair has been provided with a pelvic belt which meets the requirements of
ANSI/RESNA WC/19.
The pelvic belt provided by Invacare has been designed to accommodate use on either
side of the vehicle. If necessary, follow the instructions below to reverse the orientation of
the pelvic belt to accommodate the vehicle-anchored upper torso belt.
1. Install the pelvic belt pin (Detail “A” of FIGURE 15.2) into slot in the pelvic belt
bracket. Pull upwards until it snaps into place.
NOTE: Note the position of the male end of the belt when installing the pelvic belt onto the pelvic
belt brackets. The male end of the pelvic belt (Detail “A” of FIGURE 15.2) has a pin which is used
to secure the vehicle-anchored upper torso belt.
2. Repeat STEP 1 for the opposite pelvic belt bracket.
3. Install the vehicle-anchored upper torso belt onto the pin on the male end of the pelvic
belt.
Pin
DETAIL “A” - PELVIC BELT
Slot
Pelvic Belt
Bracket
Pin
Pelvic Belt
Male End
Pin
(Used to secure the
vehicle-anchored
upper torso belt.)
Tie-Down
Bracket
FIGURE 15.2 Wheelchair-Anchored Belts
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Vehicle-Anchored Belts
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 15.3.
This wheelchair has an overall rating of “A” with regard to accommodating the use and
fit of vehicle-anchored belts. This rating is scored as follows:
RATING
DESCRIPTION
A
Excellent
B
Good
C
Fair
D
Poor
The test for Lateral Stability Displacement for Point (P) is shown in FIGURE 15.3. The
average test result for point (P) is 0.71-inches (18.1 mm).
Rear View
Point (P)
NOTE: Rear view of
wheelchair and human
surrogate secured on test
platform and tilted to 45
degrees.
Test
Platform
45°
FIGURE 15.3 Vehicle-Anchored Belts
Seating System
WARNING
This wheelchair has been tested for seating in a motor vehicle with the factory
installed seating system ONLY.
When feasible, wheelchair occupants should transfer into the vehicle seat and use
the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) vehicle-installed restraint system.
Ensure that the factory installed seating system is secured to the wheelchair frame before
operation. Refer to the seating system owner’s manual.
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Positioning Belts
WARNING
The angle of the pelvic belt should be within the preferred zone of 45 to 75 degrees
to the horizontal OR within the optional zone of 30 to 45 degrees to the horizontal.
Steeper side-view pelvic belt angles are
Side View
especially important if the pelvic belt is
Preferred Zone
intended to be used for postural support
Optional Zone
in addition to occupant restraint in a
frontal crash. Steeper angles will reduce
the tendency for a vertical gap to
30°
develop between the user and the belt
45°
due to compliance of seat cushions and
75°
belt movement, thereby reducing the
tendency for the user to slip under the
belt and for the belt to ride up on the
soft abdomen during normal use.
Steeper belt angles also reduce the tendency for upper-torso belts to pull the pelvic
belt onto the abdomen during frontal impact loading.
NOTE: For this procedure, refer to FIGURE 15.4.
1. The pelvic belt should be worn low across the front of the pelvis.
2. Position the upper torso belt(s) over the shoulders.
3. The belt(s) should not be held away from the body by wheelchair components or
parts, including but not limited to wheelchair armrests or wheels. Refer to FIGURE
15.4 for proper and improper positioning of the belts.
4. Ensure the belt(s) are not be twisted.
5. Adjust belts as firmly as possible, being mindful of user comfort.
DO NOT position belts OUTSIDE
of armrests, wheels, etc.
DO position belts INSIDE of
armrests, wheels, etc.
FIGURE 15.4 Positioning Belts
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NOTES
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LIMITED WARRANTY
LIMITED WARRANTY
PLEASE NOTE: THE WARRANTY BELOW HAS BEEN DRAFTED TO COMPLY WITH
FEDERAL LAW APPLICABLE TO PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED AFTER JULY 4, 1975.
This warranty is extended only to the original purchaser/user of our products.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other legal rights which vary
from state to state.
Invacare warrants its product, except for the seat cushion (which is not warranted), to be free
from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from date of purchase. The
side frames and crossmembers are warranted for the lifetime of the original purchaser/user. If
within such warranty period any such product shall be proven to be defective, such product shall
be repaired or replaced, at Invacare’s option. This warranty does not include any labor or
shipping charges incurred in replacement part installation or repair of any such product.
Invacare’s sole obligation and your exclusive remedy under this warranty shall be limited to
such repair and/or replacement.
For warranty service, please contact the dealer from whom you purchased your Invacare
product. In the event you do not receive satisfactory warranty service, please write directly to
Invacare at the address on the back cover, provide dealer’s name, address, date of purchase,
indicate nature of the defect and, if the product is serialized, indicate the serial number. Do not
return products to our factory without our prior consent.
LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS: THE FOREGOING WARRANTY SHALL NOT APPLY
TO SERIAL NUMBERED PRODUCTS IF THE SERIAL NUMBER HAS BEEN REMOVED OR
DEFACED, PRODUCTS SUBJECTED TO NEGLIGENCE, ACCIDENT, IMPROPER
OPERATION, MAINTENANCE OR STORAGE, PRODUCTS MODIFIED WITHOUT
INVACARE’S EXPRESS WRITTEN CONSENT INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
MODIFICATION THROUGH THE USE OF UNAUTHORIZED PARTS OR ATTACHMENTS;
PRODUCTS DAMAGED BY REASON OF REPAIRS MADE TO ANY COMPONENT
WITHOUT THE SPECIFIC CONSENT OF INVACARE, OR TO A PRODUCT DAMAGED BY
CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND INVACARE’S CONTROL, AND SUCH EVALUATION WILL
BE SOLELY DETERMINED BY INVACARE. THE WARRANTY SHALL NOT APPLY TO
PROBLEMS ARISING FROM NORMAL WEAR OR FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THESE
INSTRUCTIONS.
THE FOREGOING EXPRESS WARRANTY IS EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF ANY OTHER
WARRANTIES WHATSOEVER, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE, AND THE SOLE REMEDY FOR VIOLATIONS OF ANY WARRANTY
WHATSOEVER, SHALL BE LIMITED TO REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF THE DEFECTIVE
PRODUCT PURSUANT TO THE TERMS CONTAINED HEREIN. THE APPLICATION OF
ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY WHATSOEVER SHALL NOT EXTEND BEYOND THE
DURATION OF THE EXPRESS WARRANTY PROVIDED HEREIN. THE MANUFACTURER
SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES
WHATSOEVER.
THIS WARRANTY SHALL BE EXTENDED TO COMPLY WITH STATE/PROVINCIAL
LAWS AND REQUIREMENTS.
Part No 1125027
99
Solara®/Spree GT™
Invacare Corporation
www.invacare.com
USA
One Invacare Way
Elyria, Ohio USA
44036-2125
800-333-6900
Canada
570 Matheson Blvd E
Unit 8
Mississauga Ontario
L4Z 4G4 Canada
800-668-5324
All rights reserved. Trademarks are identified by
the symbols ™ and ®. All trademarks are owned
by or licensed to Invacare Corporation unless
otherwise noted.
3-in-1 Oil is a registered trademark of American
Home Products Corporation.
WD-40 is a registered trademark of the WD-40
Company.
Teflon is a registered trademark of E.I. Du Pont De
Nemours and Company.
©2008 Invacare Corporation
Part No 1125027
Rev D - 11/08
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