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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-25-2011, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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Front axle - cotter pin or deathtrap?

I noticed the other day on my motorbike that the front axle on the right side (while sitting) has a hole in the end. Is there suppose to be a cotter pin or something there? It looks like it could just fly out while turning or something?

Paranoid much or did my previous owner have a death wish?

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Don't know for sure why the hole is there, but mine's the same way. I'm thinking that you might be able to stick something in the hole to hold the axle when you are tightening or loosening the nut on the other side so that it doesn't just spin. I'm sure someone else will chime in on this.

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There is not a cotter pin for that, don't worry.
That hole is for removing the axel, when you remove the not and loosen the bolts on the bottom you can put a screwdriver in the hole and twist and pull.
The Axel has a sholder so it cant go in and can only be pulled out from that side.

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I thought the same until people on the forum set me straight. I had a large cotter pin in there for a week or two....doh!

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Thanks a lot!
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Or use a tool like this.............


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What a relief! I just noticed this yesterday on my new (to me) '94 VN750. I was 50 miles from home and was enjoying a Coke while admiring my bike and when I saw this I freaked! Now all I have to do is still get around to working on the ACCT and I will be able to rest easy for a while


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Since this thread got reserected...

Originally Posted by jthill524 View Post
Or use a tool like this.............

For what? looks like an adjustable spanner, not an axle wrench. Good for shocks and your steering head, not sure why you'd need one to pull a front axle.''

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