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post #1 of 41 Old 04-16-2019, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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Threaded axle...

Long story short, I am a dumb rookie mechanic to my own vstrom. I threaded my rear axle because I over torqued the nut taking off the wheel and it was a pain in the ass to get off and now I'm afraid to put it back on because the axle threads seems broken. See picture attached. Are my options to buy a new axle or to fix the threads on the axle?

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post #2 of 41 Old 04-16-2019, 08:32 AM
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Looks like you suffered from thread galling....occurs because of the dissimilar metals used. It is a common enough issue that the legendary Greywolf advised anti-seize be applied and torque setting reduced to 58 lb ft to compensate for lubricity--before this happens. Unfortunately, you did not get the memo in time.

Replacement is warranted and if you do a quick search on this, you'll find lots of stories and recommendations. Hope this helps.

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It is called galling. You can find all about it here with a search on axle torque and galling. I would say new axle and nut. I used never seize the first time I disassembled the rear and under torqued. That is what I did but could not recommend to anyone taking any action other than the manufacturers recommended corrective procedure. kfh000
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How new is the bike? Any warranty remaining? If bought from dealer I would ask for a new axle and nut.
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Hmm.. just torque'd mine down to 72.5 this past weekend. Is the recommendation to use 58 and use red thread locker? Do you have a link to GW's post?

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Hmm.. just torque'd mine down to 72.5 this past weekend. Is the recommendation to use 58 and use red thread locker? Do you have a link to GW's post?
No, anti-seize and 58 foot pounds.

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No, anti-seize and 58 foot pounds.
Ahh, thank you for clarifying! I bought red locker with the intent of putting that on.

There's no concern of adding some lubricity to the axle threads from the anti-seize? I have nickel and copper based AS. Any preference?

I suppose I could just re-torque periodically to give me the warm and fuzzy if I'm concerned about the torque setting.

I'm going to redo that tonight. I would hate to run into this scenario.
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Ahh, thank you for clarifying! I bought red locker with the intent of putting that on.

There's no concern of adding some lubricity to the axle threads from the anti-seize? I have nickel and copper based AS. Any preference?

I suppose I could just re-torque periodically to give me the warm and fuzzy if I'm concerned about the torque setting.

I'm going to redo that tonight. I would hate to run into this scenario.
That is why the lower torque is used, because of the lubricity and the anti-sieze stops the galling. I have been doing it that way for a couple years, axle has not come loose. I have the silver stuff, I think the copper is for higher temps and should work fine.

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Have always wondered if this happens more when bike is warm and axle is expanded form heat from riding...stone cold question.

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Thanks for the info guys. I ended up managing to get bolt back on and off and on again. I bought a torque wrench and anti seize. 58lbs it is!
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