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Old 05-15-2017, 06:41 PM   #1
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Unhappy rear axle removal on 2007 vrsaw 240 tire

Hi Vrod friends,

I'm currently trying to take my back wheel off my bike to take down and get a new tire put on but am having problems removing the axle from the wheel hub. I managed to get the nut off the right side and the axle isn't coming out when I have tried pulling it with a pair of channel locks. Do I need to remove exhaust to tap on axle with a rubber mallet? I'm at my wits end and have broke off 3 fake nails in the process! Could someone please help me with some instructions?
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:53 AM   #2
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Happens on occasion when some jack wagon over cleans the axle and fails to lube it before installing. Just a tiny bit of corrosion will keep it from sliding through the bearings and spacers. Unfortunately the only trick is to put the bike on a nice stable stand, remove what you need to, and be careful to not do damage as you beat the crap out of it. You can't even pull the entire assembly and take it to a machine shop without cutting a very expensive belt. There is no good answer, but I have a special brass ended drift that attaches to my rivet gun for such situations. The sharp impact of the rivet gun does less damage than a heavy hammer.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:06 AM   #3
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Get a high quality real penetrating lube, not WD40 which is good for shit. Spray it up good and work the axle both ways with hammer and soft drift (alum or bronze) until the penatrant slowly breaks down the rust on the axle. Remember, if water or moisture got in there to rust it in the first place, the oil will eventually get in there too. Time and patience.
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Thanks, guys, I was able to finally get it off after taking a hammer and pound on it....it's not rusty at all.....just a really tight fit.
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:36 PM   #5
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Clean it good and spray it with lithium spray grease before reinsertion.
You can get it at any auto parts shop.
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thank you for the info....will do. I also was told to use marine grade grease. any thoughts on that?
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I'd use the waterproof grease.
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:47 AM   #8
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no!!! anti-seize! that is the proper thing to brush on the axle
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no!!! anti-seize! that is the proper thing to brush on the axle
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Negative on the anti-seize. General corrosion protection and stopping galling are two very different things. While anit-seize may provide corrosion protection, that is not its intended use. You're just throwing away money.
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you guy's should have known a woman with a hammer and a little up set can take care of any of her problem's .
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:07 AM   #12
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In reality any form of grease is fine. Anti-seize will work but it's not needed as it's not really what it was designed for. Actually while we will not see this on our bikes, certain types, depending on whether copper based or aluminum based can actually cause corrosion to certain metals in the right conditions. Not cut and dried as one would think. Waterproof grease is probably a better choice. Let's face it, anything is better then what the factory used, which is nothing.
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