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post #1 of 9 Old 04-10-2010, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Chain Tension/Loosening Rear Axle Nut on an 09

I am having trouble loosening the rear axle nut on my 09 Wee. It's a locknut instead of a pin mechanism, and I am worried about binding it up. What do I need to do to loosen/remove the locknut? Do I need to be concerned about binding?
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Are you holding the nut on the other (chain) side of the axle secure to stop the whole axle rotating?
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I am having trouble loosening the rear axle nut on my 09 Wee. It's a locknut instead of a pin mechanism, and I am worried about binding it up. What do I need to do to loosen/remove the locknut? Do I need to be concerned about binding?
I have a 2009 too and have had to tighten my chain several times already. I don't think you have to worry about binding it up. It's supposed to have been torqued down to 72.5 ft lbs so it will be tight. I use a ratchet on each side and it breaks loose pretty easily that way.

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Even with the better quality nut than the smaller surfaced castellated nut, I prefer adding anti seize and torquing to 58lb-ft to account for the lubrication effect. There are just too many reports of the nut and axle galling together.

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I did not have another person to hold the opposite side. I'll try that this afternoon and let you all know how it went.
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I did not have another person to hold the opposite side. I'll try that this afternoon and let you all know how it went.
If you sit right behind the rear wheel you can easily access both sides of the axle and use two ratchets to loosen the nut as well as re-tighten. One side is a 24 and the other is a 22 as I remember.

However when re-torguing , I think I'm going to take Pat's advice and use the anti seize and the 58 lbs-ft just to play it safe. This chain adjustment thing is happening a lot and I don't want to end up with a stripped nut.

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Worked fine. I was able to loosen the nut, tension the chain, and make sure it all lined up without an issue.

Thanks for the advice.
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Question on anti-seize technique

I have been following Greywolf's practice of applying anti-seize to the axle threads and torquing to 80% of the dry torque spec. No problems so far, but I have a couple of questions. Say, if a year later you have to remove the axle nut for some reason, would you feel the need to re-apply anti-seize? Also, would there be any harm in some residual anti-seize being left between the flat mating surfaces of the nut and the aluminum plate? (I avoid this but was also curious)

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Some anti seize between the nut and the swingarm won't hurt. I'll put a little more on the threads if they seem dry but I think I've only added it once in three years.

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