950 Adventure axle puller

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by 640Pilot, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. 640Pilot

    640Pilot Been here awhile

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    Guys,
    Just wanted to set up an axle puller on the front of the 950, checking online so far I can get confirmation of fitment or find a specific brand that clearly says it'll fit or that will give me a direction on internal axle sizes etc.....anyone got a particluar brand they've fitted and can offer some advice...

    Thanks in advance

    Cheers
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  2. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    I got a Zip Ty Racing axle puller last year-- works great.

    Not much more to it than that.
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  3. sonoran

    sonoran copacetic

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    Tip: unscrew the axle nut until it's about to come off, give it a whack with the palm of your hand and the axle will push out far enough on the left side for you to grab it and pull it out.

    Or buy the ZipTy. :D
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  4. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    That doesn't work for me.


    Touratech makes a nice one, small enough to go in the tool kit. Put the big end in the axle, and push.

    http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/2766/PN-370-0201/Axle-Removal-Tool-KTM-LC8
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  5. sonoran

    sonoran copacetic

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    A little axle grease goes a long way...
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  6. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    I always grease up my axles, quite well. There's not enough to grab ahold of with the nut method, and there's too much resistance even when the wheel's unloaded.
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  7. 640Pilot

    640Pilot Been here awhile

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    I found the same actually mate, even on a clean well greased axle.....just took a look and will order a zip ty unit add that to the axle problem solved and happy days,

    Thanks for the input guys

    Cheers
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  8. dmn0507

    dmn0507 Been here awhile

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    Am I the only one using a piece of broomstick to push out the axle?
    Works great, cheap, lightweight, eco-friendly. :D
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  9. Peanuts

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  10. K2m

    K2m ....58....

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    This method with a hole drilled through both sides slightly larger than the screwdriver ....... Works a treat with no weight added to the bike.
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  11. Bumpaman

    Bumpaman Been here awhile

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    +1 on the Zip Ty
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  12. Blackbert

    Blackbert Factory Rambler

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  13. Sporting Wood

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    Yup. If it needed one, it would have come with one. :deal

    Loosen bolt, tap, insert screwdriver if necessary and pull.
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  14. Hootowl

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    Or a piece of schedule 40 plastic water pipe
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  15. gefr

    gefr Life is a trip

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    Mine was sticking badly. Some black PTFE coating made it very hard to come out.
    I constructed a piece of pipe, screwing in the place of the aluminum nut and slightly slimmer than the fork's hole. It is heavy but works well. It also helps to sandpaper the axle to clean the black paint that makes it sticky.
    Cheers.
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  16. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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  17. Treewakr

    Treewakr throttle junkie

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    One trick that is helpful with front axle removal is to insert a flat blade screwdriver into the gap on the right fork leg after loosening the pinch bolts. Insert finger into axle end and the axle usually slides right out.
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  18. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    +1

    Small, light, effective, durable, and available free from your scrap pile.
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  19. geometrician

    geometrician let's keep going...

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    All the WP USD-forks KTM uses (including their dirt bikes) need liberal, constant greasing to prevent getting stuck. It's in the KTM bike setup/PDI manuals techs are supposed to follow and any good KTM shop will not only do it but explain to the customer at delivery. If done from the beginning of service life the axle won't stick, even when you ride the bike in muddy areas. Dirt becomes trapped in the grease; this is another way grease around joints of heavy equipment protects by catching the dirt/dust before it can get in. If the axle is dry dirt makes its way into the pinch area and becomes embedded in the metal, causing galling & holding moisture which corrodes & swells metals. I've seen new bikes assembled with no grease & they're stuck by the first tire change. My "old" 250EXC's axle comes out like it's a new bike :deal

    If it hasn't been done at all or regularly take the time to clean the fork pinch interior carefully so as not to damage any of the surfaces. Wash everything clean and re-apply the grease. As long as you don't contaminate the brakes, you can't put too much on.

    I do this too but to prevent damaging the soft aluminum axle nut threads I tap the axle just enough to get it to move after I've loosened it only a few turns. If you run it almost out and then strike it you can bugger the threads... as a professional wrench DAMHIK or how many come in with the threads damaged on the nut. Once the axle is loose you can run it out, but the first blows are the ones that are going to un-seat the axle which will require the most force.

    That isn't PTFE and you certainly don't want to remove it- that's hard-anodization to protect the axle from electrolytic corrosion & prevent distortion at load areas (bearings & axle clamps) Axles with the coating already damaged from previous work can be a bear to get the axle out as the loose "flakes" wedge things.

    YMMV & I'm sure your axle will serve you well but I wouldn't want inmates to do this when cleaning & greasing is the solution
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  20. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    Careful with that one...
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