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How do I remove the front wheel?

Evidently I'm an idiot. Seems like a pretty simple thing: take off the calipers losen the pinch bolts, unscrew the axle. I watch a video on this, doesn't seem too complicated. My axle just spins nothing seems to happen. What did I do wrong?

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It should not spin unless the threaded bushing on the left side is loose. Check that first.

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Evidently I'm an idiot. Seems like a pretty simple thing: take off the calipers losen the pinch bolt, unscrew the axle. I watch a video on this, doesn't seem too complicated. My axle just spins nothing seems to happen. What did I do wrong?

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Keep the pinch bolt tight on the clutch side of the axle. It's the nut and needs to stay put. This will also allow you to reinstall the wheel in the same place side to side as the factory setting.
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It should not spin unless the threaded bushing on the left side is loose. Check that first.
Hmmm more help needed. Everything on the left spins. Should I have not loosened the left pinch bolt?? I'm confused

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Keep the pinch bolts tight on the clutch side of the axle. It's the nut and needs to stay put. This will also allow you to reinstall the wheel in the same place side to side as the factory setting.
Okay. I loosened the left side. Should I tighten that back up? I sort of tried that and the axle was pretty tight. How much pressure does it take to break the axle free?

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Okay. I loosened the left side. Should I tighten that back up? I sort of tried that and the axle was pretty tight. How much pressure does it take to break the axle free?

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The pinch bolts need to be tight 19nm. The axle is set at 50nm of torque so fairly tight at first. The caliper bolts are tightened to 28nm
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Thanks guys! I truly am an idiot, but you guys always save the day.

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If you haven't already you will need to remove the fender to be able to get the tire/wheel out. When removing the calipers twist them side to side to push the pads back. This will also help when installing them. Don't forget to pump the brake lever after reassembly and before riding to reset the pads.


Once reassembled spin the wheel to make sure the ABS sensor isn't rubbing on the perforated disc. If so then you moved the wheel that way a little when the nut pinch bolt was loose. Loosen both pinch bolts and bump the wheel away from the sensor until there is a slight gap between it and the perforated disc.


After a couple front wheel removals you'll have it down pat.
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If you haven't already you will need to remove the fender to be able to get the tire/wheel out.
Yep, did that. Thanks the reminder though

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If you haven't already you will need to remove the fender to be able to get the tire/wheel out. When removing the calipers twist them side to side to push the pads back. This will also help when installing them. Don't forget to pump the brake lever after reassembly and before riding to reset the pads.


Once reassembled spin the wheel to make sure the ABS sensor isn't rubbing on the perforated disc. If so then you moved the wheel that way a little when the nut pinch bolt was loose. Loosen both pinch bolts and bump the wheel away from the sensor until there is a slight gap between it and the perforated disc.


After a couple front wheel removals you'll have it down pat.
thanks for your help on this. I read the manual, but I guess I wasn't clear on the left side pinch bolt staying tight until I loosened the axle. I did watch a video who gave me the tips on rocking the calipers back and forth etc. Once I get the new tire on tomorrow I should be able to reassemble it, doesn't seem like it should be too much trouble, but be on the lookout for another post from me. thanks again.

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