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post #1 of 18 Old 09-03-2010, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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2008; Is there any benefit to installing the rear axle from the right side? I know it comes from the factory with the cotter pin on the right side. Is there a right or wrong answer or proven technique that anyone has?
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post #2 of 18 Old 09-03-2010, 10:22 AM
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I install my axles from the right side. I find it easier to deal with the caliper holder that way plus on the SS it's 'uphill' Make sure to grease the axle!

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There is the official way as noted in the manual.

Here in the real world it doesn't matter one single bit.
I've never even seen a nut turn far enough to touch the cotter pin.

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2008; Is there any benefit to installing the rear axle from the right side? I know it comes from the factory with the cotter pin on the right side. Is there a right or wrong answer or proven technique that anyone has?

I'm thinking it's a right handed vs. left handed thang. When the nut is on the right side you use your right hand to tighten/loosen.

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ok, all good - I am installed and ready to hit the Pyranees, thanks
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Speaking of which, my cotter pin is half broken from the last time I took it out. Does anyone use something else (garage leftovers of any kind) vs buying a new pin?
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Speaking of which, my cotter pin is half broken from the last time I took it out. Does anyone use something else (garage leftovers of any kind) vs buying a new pin?
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Generically speaking this is a hitch pin. Got it at Tractor Supply. Used a small zip tie at the end for extra security.


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I use a reusable pin too but it's shaped different than Paper's.

Mine's shaped like a fire extinguisher pull-pin but I cannot
remember the name of the stoopid thing. It's the most common one, tho.
Ya see 'em holding on garage door openers to the center track, lawnmower handles, etc.

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post #9 of 18 Old 09-07-2010, 11:24 PM
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Generically speaking this is a hitch pin. Got it at Tractor Supply. Used a small zip tie at the end for extra security.

Very cool. That looks solid. I'll have to try to find a tractor supply place.

CheapBTurd: where did you buy yours? just a hardware store?

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