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post #1 of 26 Old 01-10-2019, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Front Axle Ground in slide

Unfortunately my bike and I went for a slide today. The roads are nice and wet in Washington and those rubber seals they put on cracks are slick. Partially my fault for going a bit too fast for the conditions and taking a bad line on an offramp. Luckily, I am ok for the most part (full gear and pretty slow speed), just a bit sore in the hips where I made contact first and the bike seems to be mechanically sound. The biggest piece of damage is that the front axle was ground down pretty well during the slide. Some damage to bar end/saddle bags/brake levers, but most of the weight was on the axle. My question is, should I replace the axle completely after this/could there be deeper damage to the bearings I can't see? Or should it be ok to leave until I need a new set of tires? Pictures below. Any other things I should check over?
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Personally, I'd make sure I could back that nut off. You may need to chase the threads first.

Otherwise, the axle itself is likely fine for use. I doubt the bearings would have felt any significant side-load impact. The forks, on the other hand, may no longer be true, depending on how badly the axle dug in. As you say it was low-speed, they're probably fine.

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There may be some distortion of the front fork, hopefully they are not bent, I think not likely that they are. So I would follow the procedure for re-installing the front wheel. Can't remember in detail but it's like loosening the pinch bolts and the axle nut, suppressing the front suspension several times so all can settle in it's natural location, then re-tightening everything to spec.

If you have the maintenance manual, check for the correct procedure.

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Loosen only the lower pinch bolts if your forks got twisted and use the bars and pumping to straighten them. I'd look carefully at the axle threads and possibly use a file on them before loosening the axle nut if the damage to the treads is extensive.

It's better to remove some material first rather than cause a jam up while attempting to remove the nut. Remove the nut carefully. You can put weight on and off by reversing back and forth to clean up the threads and make the axle reusable. Use a little oil on the threads. If you can clean up the threads sufficient to make removing/installing the nut a simple operation it will not be necessary to replace it.

Putting a nut on a bolt before shortening that bolt is an old trick and a very easy way of cleaning up the threads.

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My guess is that the axle will be unusable after you get the nut off and the odds of the nut being reusable look pretty slim to me. I'd go ahead and order new parts. Glad your not injured.

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Thanks all! Would it be obvious if the forks were out of whack? They look fine and I was able to ride home the last mile or two and they fine.
Would it hurt to leave the bolt on for a bit? I don't have a 29mm socket on hand and commute every day with this bike. I'll plan to get a new axle and bolt when I can.
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Thanks all! Would it be obvious if the forks were out of whack? They look fine and I was able to ride home the last mile or two and they fine.
Would it hurt to leave the bolt on for a bit? I don't have a 29mm socket on hand and commute every day with this bike. I'll plan to get a new axle and bolt when I can.
The nut is still solid on the axle with enough material left to hold everything in place. I’d say you are safe to ride until it gets fixed if nothing else is broken.
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Thanks all! Would it be obvious if the forks were out of whack? They look fine and I was able to ride home the last mile or two and they fine.
Would it hurt to leave the bolt on for a bit? I don't have a 29mm socket on hand and commute every day with this bike. I'll plan to get a new axle and bolt when I can.
looks fine to ride with that axle to me
the only issue is when you go to remove it
as mentioned above, use a file to try to remove excess damage
oil and back n fourth when loosening
I would have a new nut on hand and possibly an axle for next tire change if were me
good luck glad your not to beat up
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Thanks all! Would it be obvious if the forks were out of whack? They look fine and I was able to ride home the last mile or two and they fine.
Would it hurt to leave the bolt on for a bit? I don't have a 29mm socket on hand and commute every day with this bike. I'll plan to get a new axle and bolt when I can.
You will know. Get the bike out on a nice, open, straight road and see if the handlebars are pointing straight when the bike is going straight. If not, be sure the bars are not tweaked before playing with forks. Check handle bars with a string running from grip to grip, measure perpendicular (square) from string to each fork leg cap, should be equal.

I would take nut off and touch up threads with file. Not much room to work on it until nut is off. Axle and nut look reusable to me but replacing is fine too. Depends on how pretty the bike still is.

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I wouldn't worry about the axle failing. But I would order a new one. No way to cover up the damage. A new axle and maybe nut will make it look new again and never be a problem to remove for service.
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