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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Rear axle nut

I hope I can get some ideas about my rear axle that I am trying to remove. My wrench on the axle nut turns the entire axle without loosening the nut. The pinch bolt has not been loosened. I have applied WD40 to the nut and axle, but the nut will not turn off the axle. Any ideas or help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks folks.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Axle trouble

I forgot to mention that the axle is on my 1990 Aspencade.
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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 06:59 PM
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Depending on the bike some rear axles have a hole drilled sideways thru the end of the shaft where you can stick a phillips screwdriver thru it to hold it from spinning.....
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Honda has a penchant for requiring one side to be loosened before the opposite side.
Try tightening it back up, and removing the nut on the opposite and then axle will slide out.

at least on the front wheel to my 1800, that works.

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Do check the left side of the axle for the crossdrilled holed mentioned earlier in this thread. Be sure the pinch bolt is tight on the left side and insert phillips thru said hole to help hold axle from rotating while turning nut on right side.

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Yep, my '91 has a hole in the left side of the axle bolt and using a large size "phillips" screwdriver, I wedge the axle from turning as I loosen the axle bolt on the right side. That axle bolt is torqued to 81 ft/lbs so drink some gorilla juice to get it to break free. If your axle does NOT have the hole, I would be tempted to use a pipe wrench on the axle to hold it firm. The part of the axle where a pipe wrench would "grab" doesn't slide inside anything so you can "knurl" it up as much as needed.

That "pinch" bolt on the left side is torqued to 23 ft/lbs when you put it all back together. Check the torque on that pinch bolt to make sure it's tight enough to "hold" the axle as you undo the axle bolt.
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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks do much for the replies and suggestions. Actually my axle does have that hole at the left side end. I did take a frustration time away from the task, but if no family or other responsibilities pull me, I hope to continue using the suggestions offered. I will look for a large screwdriver or similar shaft to try secure the axle as well as checking the tightness of the pinch bolt. I can also try to reverse turn that axle nut too. Thanks very much folks!
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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 12:16 AM
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I'm confident an impact wrench would spin it right off if you or a friend owns one. The screwdriver will probably work as well.


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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Actually I do have a 110 volt impact wrench, but I need to buy the 27mm impact socket which available at a couple of stores according to their online inventory. Thanks for the additional option.
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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 10:31 AM
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1-1/16" is virtually a perfect match if you have that.
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