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post #1 of 7 Old 08-24-2008, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Front axle Q...

Hey, try not to laugh. I am not a wrencher. I was checking out the 08 the other day and checking to make sure the loctite worked to keep the pinch bolts in on the front fork. (it did). Noticed that on the left side of the axle is a nut (of course). On the right side is just a hex hole. I have never seen that on a bike before. Both my other bikes have hex ends attached to the axle bolt that protrude out.

Believe it or not, I have spent an hour with the Clymers, owner's manual, and looking online and I haven't found out crap. Little help? Pics?




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post #2 of 7 Old 08-24-2008, 08:01 PM
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mr lockjaw, Not laughing here, just is there a question there?

I was wondering how you were checking your loctite.
Honestly, you should not need or use thread lock on axle pinches anyway.
It will make tire changes a pain.

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Yeah, the question was: does the end of the front axle that doesn't have a nut on it just have a hexagonal hole? I've never seen that before. Granted I have never spent much time looking at axles on Bikes I do not own.

I found a youtube vid and the axle seemed the same.

Kent, I used the loctite on the pinch bolts cause they kept coming loose. I was just checking to make sure they were still in there.




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And the Question WAS unclear, sorry.




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post #5 of 7 Old 08-25-2008, 01:59 PM
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Here is a diagram of the front axle. The hex bolt is the axle itself.


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post #6 of 7 Old 06-10-2009, 03:06 PM
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In looking for an answer for my question I came across this thread. My question is - what gets tightened first? The pinch bolts, or the axle nut? Put on a new tire yesterday and in reassembling it wasn't obvious to me. I went with pinch bolts first then axle nut with the reasoning that if you did the axle nut first, the pinch bolts wouldn't be able to actually pinch. Does that make sense? Anyone know for sure? The lame "user manual" doesn't say anything about it.
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Lockjaw -

If your pinch bolts aren't staying tight you may not be torqueing them correctly. A paired set of pinch bolts needs to be 'snuck up on' to work right.

If you tighten one to the proper torque and then move to the next one and torque it, the first one will be loose.

The proper procedure is to snug them up slowly, first one, then the other, over and over until you get them both torqueed correctly. I use increments of about 5 pounds or so. When you are done the split gap should be nice and even, not wider at one end than the other.

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The axle bolt should be lightly torqued (perhaps 10 ft pounds or so) so that the recessed head of the bolt is sure to be up against its shoulder in the fork lower. That big hex is there so that you can hold the head while doing this tightening. Then the head-side pinch bolts shoud be torqued so that the head can't possibly spin. The hex wrench shouldn't be needed anymore. Then torque up the axle nut and finish off with the nut-side pinch bolts.

The aforementioned didn't come from a manual, but there was a class at the School of Hard Knocks...

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