Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Franklin County PA
Rear axle and nut stripped
I have no idea how but I was trying to adjust my chain today. I put the bike on the lift, got my wrenches out and loosened the axle nut about 2 turns, just enough to move it with some resistance. I proceeded to turn the allen screw about a 1/4 of a turn to tighten the chain, made sure both sides were the same according to the swingarm hash marks, then I tightened the nut back down. After tightening the chain seemed to tighten up to where I felt it was too tight so I went to loosen the axle nut to readjust and it would not move, I mean stuck tight. The axle itself didn't seem tight in the swingarm though, which I thought was odd. Anyway, both the axle and nut are stripped.
Now, the bike only has about 5000 miles on it. I bought it from an individual with only 1500 miles on it so it has original tire and chain and sprocket (there's no reason this nut has ever been off the bike). The second thing is ever since I've had it I've been perplexed with the chain adjustments, it seems I would get it right, tighten it up and it will have moved, so this is not the first time I've had to go back and readjust it. I'm wondering if the thing has been stripped the whole time I've had it.
Anyway, new axle and nut are almost $100 so that sucks.