I am trying to adjust the drive chain and the axle nut will not budge - using a 17mm hex socket is even slipping. Sprayed a lubricant and still nothing. The bike is lifting off the stand when I try
yes, exactly this. I am going to try later today. if no go, I am not going to ruin the nut...will let the service dept attack it as i plan to put WW tires on it. It has the original tires from 2002 (less than 6K miles) so those need to be replaced anyway. The chain is loose, but I can ride carefully to the dealer...and will anyway considering the age of the tiresVLX has 17mm as well. (On chain side). The other side looks slightly bigger. Anyways I use an adjustable on the other side since exhaust pipes are very close for most of my sockets to fit there.
The other side is a self locking nut. Make sure the threads are not damaged and the locking nuts itself is not damaged. Those has some small plate type.
Try tightening a bit to see if anything is stuck under thread which might get released by doing this?
Getting it started...so it will be about a month before I know if I can get it started.
that would have been a good idea...i got a head of myself. It will be a nice looking piece of furniture if I botch itGetting it started...
I suggest you find a donor tank, could even be a lawn mower tank or a tapped into gas jug, etc., and spend some time getting it running to be sure it does run.
Something I'd do before spending money on paint, etc.
Just me though,
I agree! Sometimes plan B (vice grips, cold chisel, torch), can really suck. A 6 point leaves zero room for slippage. They can be a life saver on a high torque application or an ugly rusted nut.A crescent wrench may be OK to hold an end of the axle, but they can spread open and slide and round off the flats on a very tight nut.
A 6 point socket will hold much tighter to turn a tight nut.
If I even have the feeling it will be a fight I will go for a 6 point.
I hate rounding off a nut or bolt and then have to find other way of getting it off.
I have done it of course but the time wasted is a factor.
Then i grab my Turbo sockets. They have saved my butt a lot of times, especially on exhaust bolts.
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And nobody around as Momma is in Houston right now so caution is at its highest consideration. Just couldn't ride on a worn out Cobra any more. No threads showing but was starting to delaminate in 3 spots. So far found a worn shock bushing (urethane aftermarket), cleaned the coolant tank, replacing all pads, front brake fluid change, and coolant change for now. Be doing the fork rebuild after the season is overAn 800 pound bike on it's side with your leg under it.😣