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Old 30-Mar-2005, 02:18 PM
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Rear Wheel Nut - there must be an answer

A few months back I took off my rear wheel for a tyre change. The hub nut was a complete bitch, and needed a 4 foot extension on the breaker bar before I could shift it.

When it went back on I made sure to Copaslip all of the threads, and torque the nut correctly, figuring next time would be easier.

This weekend the wheel had to come off so I could fit some nice magnesium pressies in its place.

The following tools died terrible deaths attempting to remove the nut -

2 half inch slide bars
2 half inch breaker bars, including my neighbours
2 half inch ratchets, including my favourite Teng.

Heated the nut for 10 mins with a hot air gun. Nope.
Tried to drift it - no good.

Eventually I had to carefully cut the ******* off.

I know an air tool would be likely to shock the nut loose, but this is not really an option at my home garage.

I'm going to invest in a 3 quarter inch breaker bar, but I would like to aviod the brute force method if I can.

So does anyone have cunning tips to avoid this problem happenning next time?

I will be going to the track soon, and as I now have spare wheels I will be likely to want to swap between wet and dry tyres without too much hassle.


Any suggestions welcome.

Spinoli
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Old 30-Mar-2005, 02:43 PM
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Electric Impact Wrench, 25 from Argos:
http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/st...oductId=127809

Runs off a 12v battery, so just hook it up to your bike battery and off you go.

I bought one for a tenner in their last sale and it works a treat.
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Old 30-Mar-2005, 02:44 PM
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3/4 loooooooonnnnngg breaker bar does the job.
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Old 30-Mar-2005, 03:20 PM
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Yep thats what i have a 3/4 '' ratchet and just do it as tight as i can with that i know its tight enough and isn't gonna come off with safety clip in place and that zip tied together. Also helps with the ducati paddock stand with the bar to stop the wheel
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Old 30-Mar-2005, 03:25 PM
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I use the rear brake to stop the wheel, saves potential damage to the wheel, cunning eh!

I use a long 1/2" breaker bar to undo it, never had any problems with that.
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Old 30-Mar-2005, 03:29 PM
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I use the rear brake to stop the wheel, saves potential damage to the wheel, cunning eh!

Except you'll damage the rear master cylinder instead!
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Old 30-Mar-2005, 05:50 PM
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The trick I find is not just the brute force aproach - with a long breaker bar, with the bike on the workshop stand and the tube in place to stop the wheel turning, "crack" the bar suddenly, rather than slowly increasing the pressure.
When all else fails I resort to my trusty impact wrench though!
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Old 30-Mar-2005, 05:52 PM
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3/4 breaker bar get someone to sit on it and apply the rear brake not had any problems.
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Old 30-Mar-2005, 06:31 PM
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I've got a length of scaffold tube about 3 foot long that works wonders on stubborn nuts to give a bit of extra leverage on the breaker bar - have also found sometimes gently bouncing the bar as you appy pressure will get them moving
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Old 30-Mar-2005, 06:33 PM
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I use the rear brake to stop the wheel, saves potential damage to the wheel, cunning eh!

Except you'll damage the rear master cylinder instead!

Maybe, but it's a darn sight cheaper to replace than a wheel!
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