Stupid front wheel question

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  • RenoMike

Posted June 11, 2008 - 05:31 PM


I searched but couldn't find anyone wiling to ask as stupid a question as this.

03 450.
It's got a big allen hole on the right side, presumably "The Axel."

And a 22mm nut on the left side.

Pinch bolts are loose on both sides.

Now, this 22mm nut on the left side is like 3mm WIDE. So it doesn't really like a lot of torqueing on it. I have the bike on a stand and with a ratchet on the nut, I can STAND on the ratchet and it doesn't budge an inch. At first I turned the Allen head on the right side but it just kept spinning the Nut on the LEFT side. So I tried the nut on the Left side.

Question. Did I turn the allen head and really REALLY tighten the nut? Should I get a 22mm spanner and hold the nut in place while turning the allen head? Or should I just put the ratchet on it and start banging away on it till it breaks loose?

Or am I just missing something completely.

Sorry for the dumb question, but I'd rather look dumb and do it right than break something and look even more dumb.

  • Wiz636

Posted June 11, 2008 - 06:07 PM


Tighten the pinch bolts.

Remove the nut with a 22mm socket. Loosen the pinch bolts, remove axle.

You are trying to turn the nut counter-clockwise...right?

When you put the axle back in that nut gets torqued to 75 ft/lbs.

  • grayracer513

Posted June 11, 2008 - 08:49 PM


Be sure the axle pinch bolts (two on each fork leg) are tight while attempting to loosen the axle, then turn the nut counterclockwise as you normally would.

To tighten:


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  • RenoMike

Posted June 11, 2008 - 09:41 PM


Ok I'll try it that way. Problem is that the nut isn't turning at ALL.

Might need a breaker bar. As long as I'm not missing something I'll tighten the pinch bolts and put some muscle into it.

And yes I'm turning it counter clock wise :thumbsup:

Thanks for the replies.

  • intensem1rider

Posted June 12, 2008 - 03:26 AM


You could always break out the air tools :thumbsup: My friend is a hammer head when it comes to working on his bike so when I get my hands on it, I need to use the impact gun to get his bike apart, but it works!

  • sparkyz

Posted June 12, 2008 - 11:35 AM


Here's a tip to turn or hold the hex head... You can use a spark plug socket, remove the rubber and you'll see that the hex side of the large spark plug sockets fits perfectly in there. Then you can use a 3" extension going the wrong way into the plug socket and a ratchet... Hope that makes sense.

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