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Old 12-02-2012, 08:14 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Use a metal file on the edge of the shaft until 1 thread is slanted a bit

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Or tap on the nut with a rubber mallet while turning the nut with an open end.


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Old 12-02-2012, 09:39 PM   #22 (permalink)
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It's probably just me however, if I thought the axle or anything else holding the front tire on was damaged I'd probably replace it.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:31 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Just look closely at the axle it should be smooth is it a matching set axel and nut

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Old 12-03-2012, 08:41 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Sears sells an external thread chaser file. It's a square 4 sided file with 8 different thread patterns on it. That would fix the threads on your axle on the cheap. I think the thing goes for about $5.00.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:13 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Question - Why was a new axle needed in the first place? What year model is your Sportster? Last of the 3/4" axles was in '07...from then on they became 25mm. I'm also assuming you did remove the pinch bolt on the right-side fork lower leg.
I changed to a wide glide front end and a 130 front tire. I purchased the axle/spacer kit from Vulcan works. Spacer kit fit perfect but the axle was very hard to get in. It's the correct diameter but looking at it now I think it may have been machined incorectly. I had to beat it pretty hard to get it all the way in. The bike is an '07 and it is a 3/4" axle. ...... I also beat the shit out of it getting it out yesterday! .. I figured it was shot anyway and I was pretty pissed off.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:51 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I used the same kit from Vulcan on this '07 with no issues. At what point when inserting the axle do you encounter resistance? Sure sounds like they sent the wrong axle to me. That's a 150/80 tire on a '06 RK wheel pictured. What wheel did you go with and did you swap bearings/spacer? I would take the wheel back off and individually fit the axle into each component to try to determine where the resistance is being met. Is there a possibility that you are snagging the spacer that might be hanging awkward between the bearings? I made a little trick spacer combination to prevent it from moving around without having to squeeze it too tightly between the seals/bearings...essentially a spacer inside another spacer.









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Old 12-03-2012, 10:07 AM   #27 (permalink)
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The axle fit okay up to the point where it steps up in size toward the end. The part that fits into the right fork after it has gone through the wheel is where it got hung up. When I removed the rear axle I had to beat it to get it out so I didn't think twice about the fact that the front need some extra help. .... I used the rear wheel from an FLH (16 x 3.5) on the front and in speaking with Vulcan Works they said this was no problem and the axle and spacers should fit fine. I'm going to call him this morning. Im sure I will enjoy my conversation with Mr. grumpy!! ;-)
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:13 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Actually I just spoke with him and he was pretty nice so I take it back! ... He is going to send me out a new axle at no charge!! ... I also think I may have found the problem while I was speaking with him. I had the lower legs powder coated and while there is no powder on the hole, there is powder build up around the edge where it was being held up. I think that might be the problem. He insists the axle is correct. ... Now that I know I that I shouldn't have to pund that sucker in, I will look for other reasons as to why it doesn't fit. ....... Live and learn I guess!
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:22 AM   #29 (permalink)
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I used the same kit from Vulcan on this '07 with no issues. At what point when inserting the axle do you encounter resistance? Sure sounds like they sent the wrong axle to me. That's a 150/80 tire on a '06 RK wheel pictured. What wheel did you go with and did you swap bearings/spacer? I would take the wheel back off and individually fit the axle into each component to try to determine where the resistance is being met. Is there a possibility that you are snagging the spacer that might be hanging awkward between the bearings? I made a little trick spacer combination to prevent it from moving around without having to squeeze it too tightly between the seals/bearings...essentially a spacer inside another spacer.









Would you mind taking a picture from the front of the bike so I could see how the spacing ended up on each side?? Your bike looks great by the way!!
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:32 PM   #30 (permalink)
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That would be difficult as the bike is now in Iowa with it's new owner. This is the only shot I could find that might qualify...you are welcome to browse thru the album for any other shots.


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