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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-28-2008, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Front axle problems

Has anyone ever removed the front axle and then had a problem getting it back in? It was tough coming out but now no matter what I do it wont go back in. It appears that the wider portion is hitting on the outer side of the pinch bracket. I have lifted it and attempted to center it then hit it with a rubber mallet...no luck. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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If it came out, it's gotta go back in! A couple of thoughts: one is to have someone hang onto the back of the bike so you can really be sure about the alignment;the the rubber mallet is a good idea; second, pull the bolt out of the pinch bracket entirely (just in case you haven't) - it may be in there and loose, but not loose enough to allow the axle to seat properly. And don't forget to put the spacer back in! Wide part to the outside of the wheel.
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I have the pinch bracket bolt out and the tip of a screwdriver wedged in there to try to pry it open a little and the da%# thing still won't go. I even loosened the bolts of the lower fork brackets to ensure the alignment was straight. I'm at a loss.
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I have the pinch bracket bolt out and the tip of a screwdriver wedged in there to try to pry it open a little and the da%# thing still won't go. I even loosened the bolts of the lower fork brackets to ensure the alignment was straight. I'm at a loss.
I'm at a loss, too. Do you have the bike up on a jack so that you can move the front wheel around freely? Alternately, have you had someone hold the back of the bike down to take pressure off the front wheel altogether?

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Been there tried that...the mystery goes on.
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Are you sure it's not hanging up on the left side fork? Or tried siding the axle through, without the wheel, to see if it fits?

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I just did this. Had problems getting the speedo reciever alined. make sure the drive tangs are seated (left wheel side to speedo reciever) but then it went together ok. roll the axel on a sure flat surface to see if it is bent. I had one on a honda that looked ok but when rolled the wobble became visable. 3z
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I did try it without the tire and it would not go. I will try rolling it on a flat surface next and see what happens. Did you have to hit the axle in or were you just able to push it in by hand? Thanks for all the suggestions and keep them coming...I can't go far without a front tire.
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you should never have to force or otherwise bang it in. If you do you risk damage you don't want. Something simple must be the problem. Make sure nothing is in the way of it going back in. Your eyes are the best tool for this. Just be patiant. I had some trouble when replacing my fender, took the wheel off and couldn't replace the axel. I found I was just too impaitiant.

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I just replaced my tires last week. I didn't take the pinch bolt out, just had it loose. I just tapped axle in with a rubber mallet.
This may sound like a dumb question, but you are installing the axle in from the right to left? The pinch bolt is on the right side of the bike and the axle nut on the left.

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