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post #1 of 74 Old 01-10-2017, 12:46 PM Thread Starter Sponsor
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Lightweight Compact Tire Change/Rear Axle tool

I have had a few requests for a lightweight and compact tools to allow removing the wheels while on the road.

I have a few thoughts on this and have been given a few ideas, but I'm wondering what others are already using. If you have found a solution or want to provide input to a project please do so here.
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I carry your 12mm hex nut tool and.........blasphemous I know........a 8 in crescent wrench that will open up just wide enough to accommodate the rear axle nut. I have only had to use it once on the road and I made sure that the jaws were adjusted as tight as possible to avoid slipping and rounding the nut off. At home I use 6 point sockets.

A special tool would be nice though, providing it was not too big/heavy.

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It occurred to me (2 hours after reading this while walking around shopping) that I need to clarify my first post.

I have been approached separately about concepts for the wrench end of the tool and the leverage part of the tool. I myself was thinking about a tool or series of nesting tools that when used alone could act as a wrench for the front and back axles, tire spoons, wrench, and socket all in one. Something when assembled would provide the necessary torque for the rear axle nut and when disassembled could serve other purposes.

Not trying to sell $3 hex tools. LOL

Back to the subject: Since this is a universal need for all motorcyclist, unless the V-Strom poses some unique challenges I would expect there to already be something out there.

For example these:

from Tusk,

Or these from Motion pro.

So I thought people might like to share their ideas, needs, and solutions.

And there might already be nesting tools I haven't heard about.

Edit: Just found another.

And then there is this tool with a size for the front and the back.

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You need 2 wrenches for the back right?

1 to take off the nut and the other to keep the axle from spinning.

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Not sure why, but can't remember ever having to hold on to the axel to remove the nut. Least not sense I started using never seize on the nut..
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Originally Posted by richlandrick View Post
I carry 3 aluminum tire tools similar to these on my Yamaha XT250. Each tool has one of the nut sizes required for both wheels.

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I've never needed 2 wrenches to get the back off either. But that has always been at home with good sockets, a breaker bar and a torque wrench. I also grease the axle and dab the threads when they're out. I've been looking for a light box wrench to carry for emergencies but haven't found in 30 and 36mm yet. Flat open end wrenches are available but I imagine being roadside, covered in sweat, staring at a stripped nut. Strom nuts must be odd sizes.
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On the Vee, the axle can't spin.

My tool kit contains a nice laser-cut axle wrench intended for the KLR650. It has a 24mm hex for the rear wheel (same as needed for the DL650 and 1st-gen DL1000) and a 22mm hex for the KLR's front wheel. However, I don't think anyone is making these any more:

It's sturdy enough you can kick it to loosen a stubborn axle nut.

On the Vee/Wee, perhaps you could do something similar, but with a 19mm or 12mm wrench on the other end, and include a appropriate hex stub for removing the axle.

Not sure what sizes are needed for the 2nd-gen Vee...

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I have your hex tool. I have a 22 box and 24 box wrench + extension thing that I thought came in tool kit. I could have got those somewhere else but they fit rear axle. also have 6 in adjustable and 12mm wrench in my tool kit that fit hex tool. I should be good. Tire spoons...I have that motion pro bead breaker/tire spoons.

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