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removing front wheel and the slaken of axle clamp

trying to remove front wheel I tried to loosen the axle bolts and i stripped the left axle clamp bolt ( sitting in the bike, the left side).
are those two bolt standard (righty tighty, lefty loosen...). i used a # 5 extractor and grabbed for a little but it was so tight that I then stripped that one also...... i can always try to get a # 6 extractor but want to double check that bolt loosens to the left!
can someone give some advice?
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trying to remove front wheel I tried to loosen the axle bolts and i stripped the left axle clamp bolt ( sitting in the bike, the left side).
are those two bolt standard (righty tighty, lefty loosen...). i used a # 5 extractor and grabbed for a little but it was so tight that I then stripped that one also...... i can always try to get a # 6 extractor but want to double check that bolt loosens to the left!
can someone give some advice?
Yup. Normal bolts. Yours appears to be frozen in place for some reason. I don't know anything about extractors and such, but you might soak it in WD-40 if possible before trying to remove it again.



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trying to remove front wheel I tried to loosen the axle bolts and i stripped the left axle clamp bolt ( sitting in the bike, the left side).
are those two bolt standard (righty tighty, lefty loosen...). i used a # 5 extractor and grabbed for a little but it was so tight that I then stripped that one also...... i can always try to get a # 6 extractor but want to double check that bolt loosens to the left!
can someone give some advice?
I'm no expert , but I know a little heat on the area before applying torque does wonders.
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Normal bolts but you probably want to give them a couple heat/cold cycles first and lube them from the back as you do that. Maybe the PO used Loctite, there shouldn't be any there but you never know. If there is any and if the red stuff it will need 450F to release.

You probably noticed that the threads go right through the leg, bad spot for corrosion buildups.

Instead of an extractor you can often use a Torx socket into an Allen head to get some grip.

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I finally got it out with a #5 extractor. It took me and my friend 3 hrs....
Need to be so careful with over torquing with those "butter bolts". I probably did something wrong first time I replaced the tire.
well, put everything together and tested it. All worked great...
I did sweat bullets for a couple of hours
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Do you have a torque wrench? Not a lot of tightening is called for in that area.
The said clamping screws that you damaged are only 21Nm and while locktite is called for by BMW I have never used it.
The axle bolt is 30Nm which again is not much. To put it in perspective, the rear wheel studs are tightened to 105Nm which is considerably less than most tire fitters would fit a car wheel stud with an air driver.

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