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post #1 of 6 Old 05-25-2008, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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HELP! Trying to change front sprocket right now...

This probably should go in the maintenance or mod forums, but I have an emergency and need an answer. I'm changing out my Wee countersrocket to 16t and I can't get past the lock washer.

Its bent so tight up against the nut that I can't pry it away from it. Will this stop me dead in my tracks or would I still be able to get the nut off with a 32mm socket and a 24" breaker bar?
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-25-2008, 11:48 AM
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If you have a wood chisel, it may be time to sacrifice it for the sake of getting that washer bent back. Go buy a cheap one if you don't have one. It'll be able to slide under the washer if you tap it in gently with a hammer, and then you can use a screwdriver once the washer has been pried up.

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+1. Thats what I had to do

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+1 just pry it away and then use a drift to gently hammer it flat. Use an impact gun with plenty of power or air pressure to remove it easily.

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GOT IT! Thanks. I had a 1/2" chisel that I used - I had to wedge the chisel between the lip of the washer and the nut then hammered gently to get it up. For me that was the hardest part - a 24" breaker bar and 32mm socket from Autozone did the trick on the nut... just a little force counterclockwise with the wife braking the bike did the trick. I was expecting much more of a fight.

Anyway, after three hours and a test ride I now have a 16 tooth sprocket on. Now I'm worried that I didn't get the nut back on tight enough. I put blue loctite on it and used the breaker bar to get it back on snugly while the wife sat on the bike and held the brakes. But then I just realized that I did this with the rear axle loosened for the chain slack! Hope I got enough torque on that thing - I guess I'd better take the sprocket cover off later and make sure everything is okay.

I like the sprocket. I do an indicated 80 (probably about 74mph) right at about 5500rpm. In fourth gear it seems that the tach rpm number matches the speed I'm going - corrected of course, not indicated. I did notice a little loss in that extra snap when I give it hell, but I wanted to relax my riding style and get some gas mileage since I do a lot of interstate. The bike begged to be ridden hard with that 15 tooth... so I did!
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I'll be doing the 16T swap this week, thanks for the tips guys.:hat:

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