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February 27th, 2009, 12:20 AM   #1
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Front axle removal...don't laugh need some assistance

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So it's time to pull the front axle and one would think it's straight forward...and no doubt it is....however how is it we do it correclty on planet Husaberg...

Undid threaded side....look in, ok it must need a gentle tap to slide out...nope... little cap on the other side pops out....leaving what looks like...well no axle

Don't laugh...it was not like this on the Kato and I'm not going to touch it again until I hear from one of you worldly gents

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February 27th, 2009, 01:05 AM   #2
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There should be clamps that close up on the diameter of the axle on the bottom of each fork leg as well as the nut on the end. Loosen off the four clamp bolts & the axle should slide out.

Be careful when you retighten these clamp bolts as I think they are only M6. There has only in the last few days been a thread about a stripped out bolt in a relatively new bike. One suggested fix was to replace the entire bottom tube of the fork!
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February 27th, 2009, 01:34 AM   #3
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Can / will it come out either way ( left or right ) ?....I figured that was teh case but it looks as if mine hasn't been out in a while....I'm still stripping relubing the bike, only got it about 3 weeks back..may be a little rust holding it in place

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February 27th, 2009, 03:22 AM   #4
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If it's a shouldered axle (most likely), then it will only come out one way, the side opposite of the axle bolt. As Bundy said, make sure to undo the pinch bolts on the fork legs. My axle is not hollow all the way through, so I can actually use a narrow rod to drive it out.
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February 27th, 2009, 09:30 AM   #5
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it'd be nice to know what year and model you're talking about, pilot. put it in your signature. it only goes out one way. if the po left corrosion inside the pinch clamps you will need to put some lite lube in there. its also possible the axle has seized in the bearings as well. with the clamps loose, lubed, and the nut removed, block the lower fork leg on the other side from moving sideways and start tapping the open side with a drift that will not destroy the threads. it'll come sooner or later.
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February 27th, 2009, 04:23 PM   #6
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I use a slender wooden brush handle every time I take te wheel off. I get it in there and tap it enough to get a handle on it to pull it out. Never messes up the threads. They do sell a part to attach on the axle to pull it I think.
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February 27th, 2009, 08:36 PM   #7
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If the axle is even slightly bent it will be a bit more difficult to remove; as I found when mine was bent less than 0.5mm.
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February 27th, 2009, 11:07 PM   #8
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Sorted Ned...
I'M guessing I've got some corrosion...I'll give it a soak. I talked to a mate today and he has a tool made by KTM for extracting the axle...I'll turn one up on the lathe whe nhe drops it in...a handy addition to the tool box no doubt

Thanks guys appreciate the heads up

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February 27th, 2009, 11:32 PM   #9
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If you back the disc side axle bolt out a 1/2 mm at a time and tap it with a soft hammer after loosening off the clamps it should start to move and come out the lhs side. If its seized in the rhs fork leg then it'll spread the fork legs and thats not good. You can also try to spread the fork legs with a wedge/cold chisel to separate them form the axle if necessary. Its the same as your old 520. Once remove, lube it all up so it doesn't happen again.

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