Don't remember, but I think it is 36mm.i need to get a socket for the back wheel nut that holds it on, just wondering if anybody could let us know what size it is, all mine are too small, tried looking through old threads on here but gave up lol
"2 grunts"I went down to the second hand tool shop and they had an old tough 3/4 drive 36mm socket and large handle to suit very cheep, i then torque it up to about 2 grunts.
27mm fits on the front.
1" 7/16ths spanner will fit that back too. slightly sloppy but gets the job done.
It'll be obvious when trying to remove the front axle that you need to hold it on both sides or it'll just spin in the fork holes and never loosen, lol. Same when tightening, after 20 ft/lbs or so it'll just spin and spin and never tighten.You don't need that fancy axle adapter tool, I just used a big 19mm hex key to hold the shaft with one hand while using a torque wrench on the other end. Luckily for me 19mm was the biggest size the local auto parts store had.
The manual does say "hold the shaft and tighten the nut" so I guess that implies you should hold it with a hex key, although they should have made that clearer. It doesn't say anything about needing to hold the shaft when loosening the the nut, only when tightening.
Do you guys grease the axle before putting it back in? Mine was already greasy so I just stuck it back in but I wonder if I should have wiped it clean and regreased it.
I'm talking about using the forks or bars for leverage to loosen or tighten the axle. Vertical movement won't upset anything, horizontal movement will.Also, after tightening the axle nut, I pump the forks a few times before tightening the pinch bolts, just to help settle everything in its natural position.
I changed my front tire recently, and the axle didn't spin when I loosened the axle nut. Although I did loosen the axle nut before I loosened the axle holder bolts (which is what the manual says to do) so maybe that's why.It'll be obvious when trying to remove the front axle that you need to hold it on both sides or it'll just spin in the fork holes and never loosen, lol. Same when tightening, after 20 ft/lbs or so it'll just spin and spin and never tighten.
Little tip when doing this, make sure you don't use the forks for leverage or have someone on the bike holding the bars when tightening or you could throw the forks and front wheel out of alignment. Just use the axle nut and whatever you use on the inside of the axle as the only contact points when tightening/torquing it down.