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.