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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 2008, 11:45 pm Thread Starter
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Front Wheel Removal: 22mm hex alternative

Just passing along a great tip from this thread on another site, if you don't happen to have a 22mm hex drive in your toolbox, the back end of a spark plug socket or, in my case, an 1 1/16" oil sending unit socket that I found at the Napa Auto Parts store around the corner for $7. Put a 3/8" ratchet extension in backwards and voila.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 2008, 11:57 pm
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front wheel removal-22 mm hex alternative

I have another alternative for you as well. Go to your local hardware store or Home Depot.
Buy 2, 22mm nuts, then buy a 3/8" drive 9/16" socket. Weld the 2 nuts together then weld the new nut onto the socket. Viola!! You now have your new 22mm hex head socket for front wheel removal.

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Or just go to Cycle-Gear and buy the correct tool.

When I tried the reverse sparkplug thing the first time, it began to round out the axle. Them German's love their damn Lock-Tight stuff.

Second tool was the golden-colored hardened bolt and double-nut thing welded up with J.B. Weld epoxy. Head had to be ground down slightly, but it fits tight.


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Or just go to Cycle-Gear and buy the correct tool.
Well, CycleGear has this axle wrench which would have been fine too if $10 more.
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Guys this really isn't that big of a deal......

I simply used the Spark Plug socket backwards.

It's just a Craftsman 13/16 deep well socket.

It worked perfectly. The fit couldn't of been any better.

Just about every tool kit includes this socket.

It's the simpliest, quickest, cheapest, and safest way to remove the front wheel.

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I simply used the Spark Plug socket backwards. It's just a Craftsman 13/16 deep well socket.
Yep, that's what the post I got the idea from was about. ...but I actually didn't have one of those in my tool kit (or couldn't find it if I did), and the spark plug sockets at Napa didn't have the right end, but the oil sender socket did.

Now that I've got it I think I'll saw off the useless part (for the KGT) and stuff the important bit in the tool bag I keep on the bike... might come in handy some day.
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