Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Brockie, maybe you have a light touch or a calibrated arm. The ones Ive had seized were torqued by gorillas who would stand on the breaker bar while tightening, thinking to do otherwise would lead to instant death and destruction. I use a torquewrench because I have them, I know they are calibrated, trust the wrench more than my arm depending on time of day and physical condition. And...why wouldnt I use one?
I smear coppercoat on the axle so it doesnt stick in the wheel bearing inner races. I've had to beat out a few axles where this wasnt done. But on my bikes and friends whose bikes Ive serviced from the get-go, Ive never had a galled axle.