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post #11 of 22 Old 10-19-2019, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Bridgestones come in two variants, the GT has stiffer side walls for the weight of the bike so are considered harder to mount. Are RS3s similar ?


I am not aware if rs3 has a gt version. These spooned on pretty easy in my opinion. Lots of lube and small bites with the spoons. The beads broke really easy on the stock tires.

I need to get a big allen wrench for that front axle and I still havenít figured out how to remove the valves. They arenít like all my other bikes/cars.


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Then I moved to the front and realized that I need an inside out socket to remove the front axle. Hmmm. A little weird and I didnít have any bmw tools yet. So I dug through my junk drawer and found a 22mm bolt and threaded a nut on and marred the end. Problem solved.
How did you get the proper torque on the axle upon reassembly?


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I need to get a big allen wrench for that front axle and I still havenít figured out how to remove the valves. They arenít like all my other bikes/cars.
Here is a universal front axle hex tool at Amazon https://smile.amazon.com/Jecr-17mm-M...1518497&sr=8-1


If you're talking about removing the valve core in your tire valve a standard removal tool will work. Yours may be in tight right now but I have several tools and they all work.
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How did you get the proper torque on the axle upon reassembly?

By my well calibrated forearm? I probably didn't. I just gave it some kentucky windage based on the pressure it took to remove it. I will properly torque it tomorrow. BTW, what is the torque spec for that one?

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Here is a universal front axle hex tool at Amazon https://smile.amazon.com/Jecr-17mm-M...1518497&sr=8-1


If you're talking about removing the valve core in your tire valve a standard removal tool will work. Yours may be in tight right now but I have several tools and they all work.
Brilliant sir! Thanks for the advice!

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... I need an inside out socket to remove the front axle. Hmmm.
This is the one I use: BMW Motorcycle Front Axle Tool
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By my well calibrated forearm? I probably didn't. I just gave it some kentucky windage based on the pressure it took to remove it. I will properly torque it tomorrow. BTW, what is the torque spec for that one?
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By my well calibrated forearm? I probably didn't. I just gave it some kentucky windage based on the pressure it took to remove it. I will properly torque it tomorrow. BTW, what is the torque spec for that one?
Not nearly as much as you might think... Seeing as how this value sets the "squeeze" pressure on the bearings, it is pretty important to get the torque on the axle right. Make it too tight and you will destroy your wheel bearings in short order.

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This is the hex tool I use. $7 delivered and uses a Ĺ" drive which is a perfect fit for my torque wrench.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W82PGS/

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Awesome! Thanks for the specs guys!

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