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Old 07-21-2009, 11:09 PM
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Default Front Wheel Removal Not Going Well

Before I do something wrong and end up spending more in repairs I wanted to seek some help. I'm trying to remove the front wheel on my 2007 KLX250S and can't decide if it's on extremely tight or I'm missing a step. I loosened the four nuts on the right side and removed the speedometer cable. The left side of the axle is threaded into the fork bracket. So, there's no nut to remove or grab. Now I can't loosen the front axel at all. Am I missing something or is this just extremely tight?

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Old 07-21-2009, 11:33 PM
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It's probably tight. As long as those four nuts are loosened completely, the axle should unscrew. Use a bar of some sort to get leverage on the wrench you're using.
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:54 PM
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A quick squirt of WD40 wouldn't go astray either.
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:25 AM
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Thanks guys, job done. Remarkable how much easier it was after using a 24 inch long bar for leverage.
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Yep, leverage is your friend!

That also works well on the sprocket nut. Sit on the bike, foot on the rear brake, and comes right off.
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Two words to save you a bit of hassle.................. Impact Gun. I have a cordless one and works great. It doesn't have a ton of power but I haven't come across any nut or bolt that it hasn't taken off for me including the front sprocket nut. That one was a MFer when I used to just use a breaker bar.
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Please don't over tighten the four pinch bolts when you refit the front axle, they will break.
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Two words to save you a bit of hassle.................. Impact Gun.

I'll say negative on that....always change your tires and rims by hand. That way ya can allways do it out on the road.


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I'll say negative on that....always change your tires and rims by hand. That way ya can allways do it out on the road.
Good point finger.
Its a good idea to work on you bike from time to time using only the tools you carry on the trails/road.
That way you will know what you can achieve and what you may need to carry.
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:35 AM
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All good advice, thanks again. I'll be attempting the front sprocket in a couple days. So much here on the forum about this, I hope it goes well for me. I bought the 13 tooth front. Stock rear is 42 teeth. What is the best rear tooth number for optimum low end tork for trail riding?
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