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post #1 of 51 Old 06-25-2012, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Axle nut made from Cheddar ??

I was heading out for a ride tonight and noticed my chain was a little slack. I LOOSENED, not removed my rear axle nut which I thought was turning a bit hard, but didn't really have to force it. Then I adjusted my 2 adjusters and went to tighten my axle nut again, and holy cow, it was like it was all but seized in place. VERY hard to tighten OR loosen. As I write this, I'm not certain of the exact Kms, but the bke has in the neighborhood of 2500 KMS on it.

I've owned and have done lots of maintenence on bikes for over 25 years and have never had this happen. Had a friend come over who runs a NAPA Autopro garage, so he knows what he's talking about. He says it looks like it was put on too tight at the factory, causing the threads to likely be damaged even though we never actually took the nut completely off to investigate. I didn't want to take it completely off as the head of the axle side was beginning to show damage and didn't want to bugger it up to the point of making it unserviceable.

We managed to tighten the nut back up enough to roll it up onto the truck, and called the dealer where I bought it from. I asked if it would be covered under warranty as it isn't a year old of course. He says they would have to take a look at it to be sure, but if they think that it was damage on my part then no, I would need replace on my own dime. He also suggests that I possibly cross threaded the nut which is not the case as I didn't even have the nut off !! As well, when tightened, you can see that the couple threads on the end of the axle are undamaged.

Is this a common problem on Vstroms/Suzukis/other years? I believe the same axle and nut have been used on previous models.

Any help would be appreciated as it looks like I will be pleading my case with the dealer and from the phone call they seem to want to put the blame on me.

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Common problem on 2005 DL650's. You need a new axle and new axle nut.

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I've had mine off already, no problems here.

How did the end of the axle get damaged?

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Stainless steel likes to gall and the combo is SS. The preventative measure that works is to apply anti seize to the threads to prevent galling and torque to 58 lb-ft instead of 72.5lb-ft to account for the lubrication effect. It was common around 2005 but can happen with any year.

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How did the end of the axle get damaged?
Just from reefing on it, It really didn't want to budge
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Stainless steel likes to gall and the combo is SS. The preventative measure that works is to apply anti seize to the threads to prevent galling and torque to 58 lb-ft instead of 72.5lb-ft to account for the lubrication effect. It was common around 2005 but can happen with any year.
Good to know Greywolf, I'll do that on my hopefully warranted new one
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Same thing happened on my 2009. Had to replace.
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Common problem on 2005 DL650's. You need a new axle and new axle nut.
Has anyone ever had them covered under warranty?
In what neighbourhood would an axle and nut cost D'ya figgur?

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I trashed mine (2011) also or the dealer doing the setup did. I have also owned several bikes and never had a problem with stripped threads.

I was under warranty when I discovered the problem during a chain adjustment but never bothered to try and claim any fault towards suzuki or dealership.

I had the dealership order me a new shaft and nut close to $100 if I remember later found it online about $30-40 cheaper.

Follow greywolf's words I have not had a problem since using anti seize and lower torque value.

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3500 mi with 1 chain adjustment. No problem with the nut and axle. But this is really something to look for next time. Thanks for the tips
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