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'06 R6 rear axle nut won't loosen - July 17, 2007, 10:32 PM

I was trying to do my first tire change, well at least remove the wheels so I can take them to get new rubber put on. I got the front wheel off without a problem. The rear wheels axle nut doesn't want to loosen.

I've tried that little dinky 32mm wrench in the tool kit until my hand started to hurt. Then I switched to a 12" adjustable wrench which was hard to get a good grip on the nut because it is recessed within the swing arm some. I had all my body weight on the wrench (feet off the ground) and still nothing moved. My last ditch effort for the night was to clamp onto the dinky tool kit wrench with the adjustable wrench for some added leverage. I gave that a few attempts before I feared breaking my hand and called it quits.

The service manual specifies 80ft-lbs of torque for that nut and I had at least 200ft-lbs against it (breakaway torque), I looked at the threads and it is left handed thread. My next idea was to get a pipe that the end of the tool kit wrench would fit in and give that a try (added leverage) or go to Sears and get a 32mm (1 1/4") socket and the biggest breaker bar money can buy (return when I'm done of course). Iím worried that a socket that big doesnít have enough clearance around the nut to fit on it though.

Am I missing an obvious step here or does anybody else have any other suggestions? Thanks in advance for any help!


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32mm socket + Bar breaker handle = Win.


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Whoooaaaa not left hand thread!!!! Try some Permatex lube first. Sometimes a little rust will form and you need a lube to get in there and loosen it up. If that won't work try a little heat from a propane torch. If you really need some help let me know.


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If you invest in a socket, try to find a 6-sided one (Sears probably won't have it in stock). A 12-sider might roll. Good luck!


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Like dodge said, apply heat. My rotors were so tight they may as well been welded onto my chromies, a little heat and they came off like butter.


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Ahhh the power of air!!

Rob has it right. 32 socket and a breaker bar. Then you can put some ass behind it.


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+1000000000000 on what rob said...........if it doesnt work...a little heat, and it will come off like nuffin!!


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32mm socket + Bar breaker handle = Win.
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DO NOT use an adjustable wrench on that bolt, you could strip the bolt easily.

Also, have someone hold the bike since it's very easy to lift the rear and possibly knock it off the rear stand.


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Just make sure you don't break the puller/spacer on the other side of the axle if yours is designed the same way as the R1!!!


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Air or electric impact are very helpful. As JPV said...get a 6 sided impact socket.
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I was trying to do my first tire change, well at least remove the wheels so I can take them to get new rubber put on. I got the front wheel off without a problem. The rear wheels axle nut doesn't want to loosen.

I've tried that little dinky 32mm wrench in the tool kit until my hand started to hurt. Then I switched to a 12" adjustable wrench which was hard to get a good grip on the nut because it is recessed within the swing arm some. I had all my body weight on the wrench (feet off the ground) and still nothing moved. My last ditch effort for the night was to clamp onto the dinky tool kit wrench with the adjustable wrench for some added leverage. I gave that a few attempts before I feared breaking my hand and called it quits.

The service manual specifies 80ft-lbs of torque for that nut and I had at least 200ft-lbs against it (breakaway torque), I looked at the threads and it is left handed thread. My next idea was to get a pipe that the end of the tool kit wrench would fit in and give that a try (added leverage) or go to Sears and get a 32mm (1 1/4") socket and the biggest breaker bar money can buy (return when I'm done of course). Iím worried that a socket that big doesnít have enough clearance around the nut to fit on it though.

Am I missing an obvious step here or does anybody else have any other suggestions? Thanks in advance for any help!
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