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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-27-2019, 01:45 AM
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Motion Pro tools work well - I have the Rugged Roads fender riser, so I didn't even know there was any kind of clearance issue. I use the stepped Motion Pro 12/13 wrench for the pinch bolts (it's a tapered wrench that seems to work better on those bolts).
I also use the axle tool for the other side to help remove the axle without banging away on the threaded side.
Just leave the pinch bolts tight when you loosen the axle nut - no need for that fancy Motion-Pro hex tool thingy. Then loosen the pinch bolts and with the axle nut still on but protecting the outer threads bang the axle out with the palm of your hand or a rock or stick... then stick a screwdriver through the cross-hole and pull the axle out.

When tightening the axle, finger tighten the axle nut, then tighten the off-side pinch bolts to clamp the axle, then torque the ale nut. Loosen the off-side pinch bolts, torque the nut side pinch bolts, pump the forks to get things aligned, then finally tighten the off-side pinch bolts.

It's a fast and easy job to remove the front wheel if you also remove the lower fender bolts and pivot the brake callipers out to clear the front tyre as you drag it through.
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OP here. So I ended up buying the 22mm Motion Pro combo lever. It just clears the front fender and so will work.

I already had the 27mm Motion Pro combo lever for the rear.

I need to learn the procedure for removing the front wheel. I've done it a million times on my KLR and dirt bikes, but the lower fender and dual front discs on the AT are new to me.
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OP here. So I ended up buying the 22mm Motion Pro combo lever. It just clears the front fender and so will work.

I already had the 27mm Motion Pro combo lever for the rear.
Niceee! Good to know.
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Yep. Fair enough. The axle tool is a nice to have when things are gunked up or stuck together. Otherwise, yes that procedure is pretty much the best way to get things off and back together. There's not much of a weight penalty for carrying another screwdriver as you mentioned or this axle tool. Both will do the trick.

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Just leave the pinch bolts tight when you loosen the axle nut - no need for that fancy Motion-Pro hex tool thingy. Then loosen the pinch bolts and with the axle nut still on but protecting the outer threads bang the axle out with the palm of your hand or a rock or stick... then stick a screwdriver through the cross-hole and pull the axle out.

When tightening the axle, finger tighten the axle nut, then tighten the off-side pinch bolts to clamp the axle, then torque the ale nut. Loosen the off-side pinch bolts, torque the nut side pinch bolts, pump the forks to get things aligned, then finally tighten the off-side pinch bolts.

It's a fast and easy job to remove the front wheel if you also remove the lower fender bolts and pivot the brake callipers out to clear the front tyre as you drag it through.

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The front axle nut is 22mm. What are folks carrying with them on the bike to remove the nut on the roadside or trail?

I want to get a combo tire lever axle wrench like the Motion Pro T6 or Tusk, but it looks like there may not be enough clearance for it. The fender is very close to the nut, and is a welded post. Does anyone have the combo lever, and is there enough clearance?

I have a 1/2 inch drive 22 mm socket that I use in the garage, but would prefer not to carry it.
I have a DRC tire spoon/axle wrench for that application, it works with no clearance issues. Now, it is steel, and heavier, but fact is a steel spoon is better than an aluminum one any day, the co-efficient of aluminum sucks when changing or repairing tires, and the polished DRC slides nicely.
And if you're on the trail, spit makes it even slicker!
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