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#1001758 - 12/01/17 11:53 AM Front Axle Hex Size?  
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What is the size of the tool required to remove the front axle?


Dave
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2007 R1200RT
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#1001759 - 12/01/17 12:28 PM Re: Front Axle Hex Size? [Re: dduelin]  
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Originally Posted by dduelin
What is the size of the tool required to remove the front axle?


Morning dduelin

It's 22mm --

22mm is .866" & 7/8" is .875"-- that is only .009" larger so on the stamped axle hex of the BMW 1200RT a long 7/8" OD
connector nut (Home Depot), or 7/8" rear hex of a deep socket (like some spark plug sockets) check your tool box, or a 7/8" OD
nut tightly screwed on a 7/8" hex head bolt will all work to remove the 1200RT front axle & allow a torque wrench to be used
at reassembly.


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#1001760 - 12/01/17 12:57 PM Re: Front Axle Hex Size? [Re: dduelin]  
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Thanks D.R.

I saw the post in the archived sticky on maintenance items about using a 7/8" bolt and nut(s) but did not quite understand. Thanks for the clarification.


Dave
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2007 R1200RT
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#1001810 - 12/02/17 04:12 PM Re: Front Axle Hex Size? [Re: dduelin]  
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I'm using a Marc Parns Axle tool to remove the front wheel

http://www.marcparnes.com/BMW_Axle_Tool.htm

I'm not associated in any way with MP. I just love his tool

You can also use it with 3/8 sockets & bits

YMMV

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Daniel

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#1001811 - 12/02/17 04:22 PM Re: Front Axle Hex Size? [Re: dduelin]  
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A simple axle tool from cycle gear works great, allows the use of a torque wrench as well when installing.

https://www.cyclegear.com/accessories/motion-pro-hex-axle-tool


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#1001815 - 12/02/17 06:15 PM Re: Front Axle Hex Size? [Re: dduelin]  
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Originally Posted by dduelin
Thanks D.R.

I saw the post in the archived sticky on maintenance items about using a 7/8" bolt and nut(s) but did not quite understand. Thanks for the clarification.


Afternoon dduelin

A very cheap & effective (small & easy to carry) axle removal tool is a 7/8" OD coupling nut from Home Depot (about $2.16). If you drill holes through the flats you can just stick a screwdriver though the holes to remove the axle (works great & very easy to pack).


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#1002246 - 12/11/17 11:38 PM Re: Front Axle Hex Size? [Re: dduelin]  
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After a couple trips to Home Depot then Lowes for threaded rod union nuts and 7/8" nut/bolts that did not fit into the axle I went back to Lowes with my caliper. I could not find anything that measured at or slightly less than 22 mm. I'm glad that some have found the low budget solution at the hardware store but I did not. The unions are a tad too large as are common 7/8" nuts. I guess I needed the 'uncommon' ones.

I ended up buying the $20 tool at Cycle Gear and at the point of sale remembered the scene in Grand Torino when Kowalski tells the kid next door "even a bonehead like you can understand that a man acquires a garage full of tools like these over 50 years". Now I have one more tool someone can borrow.


Dave
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2007 R1200RT
Jax, FL
IBA #33208 MOA #133008
#1002251 - 12/12/17 01:32 AM Re: Front Axle Hex Size? [Re: dduelin]  
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Well, Dave, I told you would be welcome to borrow mine any time you wanted.
Glad you found the same solution I found 10 years ago.


Bernie
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#1002257 - 12/12/17 03:26 AM Re: Front Axle Hex Size? [Re: Bernie]  
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I know you did Bernie but I like having my own tools and you are also busy these days.


Dave
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#1002323 - 12/13/17 08:27 PM Re: Front Axle Hex Size? [Re: dduelin]  
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Spark plug socket reversed, likely already have one in the tool box, I've been using one for 107k miles/tire changes. I use an extension on the socket wrench and can torque wrench if necessary, but my right arm is fairly calibrated wink


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