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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old May 28th, 2007, 5:28 pm Thread Starter
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Front Axle

I had a heck of a time getting the front axle loose. I followed the manual to the letter. Either it was over-tightened (although I seem to remember the tech using a torque wrench), or it was "frozen" in with a little corrosion.

Not wanting a reoccurrence, what's the opinion on using some anti-seize on re-insertion?

On just the threads? Over the length of the axle?

Anti-seize on the caliper bolts? Pinch bolt?

On my airhead this is all standard practice.

Thanks for sharing the wisdom.

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I used white lithium grease on the axle when I put it back together. I don't think I'd use anti seize, or any other product on the pinch bolt.

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I had a heck of a time getting the front axle loose. I followed the manual to the letter. Either it was over-tightened (although I seem to remember the tech using a torque wrench), or it was "frozen" in with a little corrosion.

Not wanting a reoccurrence, what's the opinion on using some anti-seize on re-insertion?

On just the threads? Over the length of the axle?

Anti-seize on the caliper bolts? Pinch bolt?

On my airhead this is all standard practice.

Thanks for sharing the wisdom.
et tu?

I broke a hex wrench and almost made mine circular in the process. I ended up putting some anti-seize on the threaded portion of the axle and the portion that resides in the left fork (looking from the front). I put wheel bearing grease on the middle and the seal portion of the axle along with the seal portion of the nut that the axle screws into. I put a touch of anti-seize on the pinch bolt along with the caliper bolts. Nothing on the fender bolts because I know Lock-Tight is a no-no around plastic..

I don't know why mine was so tight either. For 35 ft. lbs. it sure was tight and squeaked like mad coming out with a 5 foot snipe. Maybe corrosion from water or possibly a tweak to the fork when it fell over and the caliper-mounted Moto-Light made contact with the ground?
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