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    Front axle bolt

    I am trying to remove the front axle bolt but it is not budging anyone ever have an issue removing it?
    Any tricks or maybe I'm missing something, first time I've done this on a springer.
    Thanks

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    Last edited by cuda567; 11-24-2018 at 06:30 PM.

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    Re: Front axle bolt

    Well-brace the right-side fork rocker and drift the axle out from the left side. There's nothing in there for it to hang up on, except rust. and getting the axle out is key to disassembly.
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    Re: Front axle bolt

    Thanks sarge, I will try knocking the axle out with a drift pin, I just wasnt sure if I was missing something it could hang up on
    Thanks

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    Re: Front axle bolt

    Put a socket on the hex and turn it as you drive it out.
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    Re: Front axle bolt

    Can you turn it? Try and turn it and see if the spacer on the right side turns with the axle and if you can hold it while it's turning. If not,chances are that it is rusted in the Spacer on the right side. You could heat it or use some Kroil or something similar to soak it with. A pipe wrench will help but it will damage the spacer. Be careful with drifting for mushrooming the end of the shaft will make it more difficult for the shaft to move through the spacer. Good luck

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    Re: Front axle bolt

    Put the large nut (stub axle/brake sleeve) back on the left side before you go banging on stuff. Soak everything as long and thoroughly as you can. The axle can rust and freeze in the the brake sleeve, the center sleeve of the hub, the thrust plate of the hub, or the axle spacer. It may take a bit of time to free if it hasn't been out in a while. Even longer if the bike was washed with a wand...
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    Re: Front axle bolt

    Before you put it back in the fork/wheel, coat it with anti-seize. That goes a long way to prevent this problem in the future.
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    Re: Front axle bolt

    Thanks guys for all the suggestions, I ended up being able to drive it out with a punch while turning with alittle effort and a good soaking.

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