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Old Yesterday, 01:06 PM   #1
heffergm OP
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Stuck front axle

I'm having a weird issue with the front axle of my Beta EVO. Basically, as I unscrew it, the side that I'm turning from where the allen wrench is inserted doesn't continue to come out of the fork leg. Instead, the other threaded end starts to push against the other fork leg and push it outward instead.

I've tried a few whacks on that end to push it out, but it doesn't seem to want to move. Everything rotates fine and the wheel spins true. No front end crashes or anything, so I'm confused as to what it's hanging up on. Any ideas?
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Old Yesterday, 02:05 PM   #2
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I am not a Beta expert but 2 things come to mind. Try removing the pinch bolt. Maybe the axle has a groove like a shifter. Is there a spacer between the fork and the hub? Maybe it is seized to the axle. Is it turning with the bolt? If so, penetrating oil or a little heat may free it up.

Good luck.
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Old Yesterday, 03:01 PM   #3
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I am not a Beta expert but 2 things come to mind. Try removing the pinch bolt. Maybe the axle has a groove like a shifter. Is there a spacer between the fork and the hub? Maybe it is seized to the axle. Is it turning with the bolt? If so, penetrating oil or a little heat may free it up.

Good luck.
Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately, I'd already pulled the pinch bolts all the way out. There's no groove.

The spacer I'll have to check.
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Old Yesterday, 03:31 PM   #4
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Hit it with a rubber mallet, it is just binding on the bearings.
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Old Yesterday, 04:48 PM   #5
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Hit it with a rubber mallet, it is just binding on the bearings.
I'd also recommend you replace the wheel bearings if force is required to remove it.
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