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Offline Baldy

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Little help finding a front axle tool
« on: May 22, 2013, 08:21:16 pm »
Getting mine apart while Laam has the seat for a tpms battery change.   Back wheel came off without a hitch.   Front was going fine till I got to pulling the axle.   Long story short 22 mill Allen sockets are very scarce in NE Ohio.   Anyone know of a national chain I can buy one from?   I'd like to get it done tomorrow. So I'd hate to have to order it and wait for shipping.  I tried napa,  orielly,  harbor freight,  and a few others.
Any idea?
Thanks for the input
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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2013, 08:35:07 pm »
I went through the same thing a couple years ago.  Ended up getting a couple of those hex tools from Motion Pro.  I'm thinking you're looking at ordering/waiting - sorry. 
I used those to put together a "real" tool kit to carry onboard so I could at least remove either tire roadside, just in case a patch/plug doesn't work while out on the road.

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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2013, 08:37:25 pm »
Getting mine apart while Laam has the seat for a tpms battery change.   Back wheel came off without a hitch.   Front was going fine till I got to pulling the axle.   Long story short 22 mill Allen sockets are very scarce in NE Ohio.   Anyone know of a national chain I can buy one from?   I'd like to get it done tomorrow. So I'd hate to have to order it and wait for shipping.  I tried napa,  orielly,  harbor freight,  and a few others.
Any idea?
Thanks for the input
Ken


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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2013, 08:40:59 pm »
Got mine from Harbor Freight
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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2013, 08:49:09 pm »
They might sell some motion pro tools at you local bike dealer
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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2013, 08:50:07 pm »
I bought both a steel one and a lighter weight aluminum one to keep in my tool kit on the bike, to keep my tool kit lightweight.

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http://www.bikebandit.com/motion-pro-chomoly-hex-axle-tool

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http://www.bikebandit.com/motion-pro-t-6-hex-axle-tool
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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2013, 09:02:28 pm »
Thanks all!
I'll call habor freight and talk to someone else.   Tried their Web sight and couldn't find it.   Hopefully they have one and I'll pick it up tomorrow.   Otherwise I'll just have to order one.

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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2013, 09:17:30 pm »
I ran into the same problem years ago when I owned my ZX9. I searched around and found this gem at a local "mom & pop's" hardware store. "That's not an allen, this is an allen!" ...It's actually a 7/8th inch but it will work for 22mm. Hope you don't have to order/wait for one; I just wanted to mention that you may get lucky if you search high & low at your local(privately owned) hardware stores. Good luck with it-

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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2013, 09:19:40 pm »
I got one for my C-10 at Sears. Have you looked there?
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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2013, 11:47:39 pm »
I got one for my C-10 at Sears. Have you looked there?
Thats it!
Thanks everyone.   Sears has them in a set for a little north of 40dollars.  Can't believe Sears didn't occur to me.
That's where I'll be heading in the morning.
Thanks again
Ken

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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2013, 12:14:05 am »
I got one for my C-10 at Sears. Have you looked there?
Thats it!
Thanks everyone.   Sears has them in a set for a little north of 40dollars.  Can't believe Sears didn't occur to me.
That's where I'll be heading in the morning.
Thanks again
Ken
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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2013, 12:15:49 am »
The ones I got at Harbor Freight came in packs of 3 for around $12
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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2013, 12:26:53 am »
That's 'cuz you'll break 2 Harbor Freight sockets before you get to 94ft/lbs of torque Bruce! :nananana:
May depend on the size & quanity of the set, but to me $40 'n change ain't too bad for a good Craftsman set of allen sockets. Especially if it goes up to 22mm or bigger?
Also gotta figure that sometimes, if you need or want something NOW... you pay the premium.
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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2013, 12:43:34 am »
For Less than $5.00, I went to Napa and found a 3/4" bolt and two 3/4" nuts and made my own. Tighten the nuts against each other and they won't turn. Maybe not as fancy as a store bought one but it works with a 3/4" socket.
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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2013, 01:09:44 am »
The ones I got at Harbor Freight came in packs of 3 for around $12
I sure wish I could get those Bruce.   Unfortunately,  I've talked to two separate people and searched their website and that set isn't available.   Largest I can get from them now is 19
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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2013, 01:10:14 am »
I think someone mentioned to me that you can use a spark plug socket that has
the wrench flats on it. You put the extension through the socket and use the wrench
flats in the axle. Works with some sparkplug sockets but not all I believe.

just my .02 which ain't worth much.
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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2013, 01:17:47 am »
If 1" = 25.4mm...
I can see squeezing a 7/8' something into a 22mm hole... but dang TimR, doesn't that 3/4" bolt-head mar the crap out of the inside of your axle?  :-\

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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2013, 01:33:38 am »
For Less than $5.00, I went to Napa and found a 3/4" bolt and two 3/4" nuts and made my own. Tighten the nuts against each other and they won't turn. Maybe not as fancy as a store bought one but it works with a 3/4" socket.

Now that's awe full tempting. I really hate to drop 40 on a set I'll only use one of most likely.   If I order one online with shipping I'll be looking at driving my 18 mpg truck more which will cost me at least 5 dollars per day extra in feul.  Sordering online will probably cost me more than 40 and the wait. ... Hate to do it.   Your solution sounds really tempting
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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2013, 01:42:13 am »
Go to hardware store and pick up bolt with 7/8" head, likely a 3/4" bolt. Double nut the other end and presto, close enough! I welded the nuts on and made it a permanent tool to keep.

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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2013, 01:45:53 am »
I think someone mentioned to me that you can use a spark plug socket that has
the wrench flats on it. You put the extension through the socket and use the wrench
flats in the axle. Works with some sparkplug sockets but not all I believe.

just my .02 which ain't worth much.

That's the ticket. 13/16 spark plug socket works just fine. Fits perfectly.

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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2013, 01:57:36 am »
If 1" = 25.4mm...
I can see squeezing a 7/8' something into a 22mm hole... but dang TimR, doesn't that 3/4" bolt-head mar the crap out of the inside of your axle?  :-\
3/4 bolts have a 7/8 head.... Should fit snug

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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2013, 02:07:00 am »
I think someone mentioned to me that you can use a spark plug socket that has
the wrench flats on it. You put the extension through the socket and use the wrench
flats in the axle. Works with some sparkplug sockets but not all I believe.

just my .02 which ain't worth much.

That's the ticket. 13/16 spark plug socket works just fine. Fits perfectly.

Awesome!    Love this Site.   I'll see if I have the right size spark plug socket and if not ill use the nuts and bolts trick.   Thanks to everyone.

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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2013, 03:10:06 am »
If 1" = 25.4mm...
I can see squeezing a 7/8' something into a 22mm hole... but dang TimR, doesn't that 3/4" bolt-head mar the crap out of the inside of your axle?  :-\
3/4 bolts have a 7/8 head.... Should fit snug

It is a 7/8" bolt head and fits just about right. I was going to use the hex end of a sparkplug socket but mine doesn't have a hole big enough to allow a 3/8's extention to go in from the spark plug side. Finding a spark plug socket that would work was more expensive than buying a bolt and two nuts.  Tim
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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2013, 03:59:21 am »
If 1" = 25.4mm...
I can see squeezing a 7/8' something into a 22mm hole... but dang TimR, doesn't that 3/4" bolt-head mar the crap out of the inside of your axle?  :-\
3/4 bolts have a 7/8 head.... Should fit snug

It is a 7/8" bolt head and fits just about right. I was going to use the hex end of a sparkplug socket but mine doesn't have a hole big enough to allow a 3/8's extention to go in from the spark plug side. Finding a spark plug socket that would work was more expensive than buying a bolt and two nuts.  Tim


Yep...just checked all my 13/16 and 21 mm spark plug sockets and none of them will work.  Won't allow an extension from the other side....and the hex ends are both too small.  Probably do the 2 nuts and bolt idea.  I'll get it done tomorrow one way or another LOL.

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Re: Little help finding a front axle tool
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