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The Owners Manual calls for a special tool for removal of the axle shaft as part of the front tire removal. Is this tool definetley needed or is there a substitute method?
 

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Rick @ Adventure-Tech sells a Front Axle Hex Tool that works with 2002-2013 DL1000's.The tool is cheap at only $4 but shipping as quoted seems a little high for such a small thing. Give them a call and they'll probably re-quote at a lower rate. If your 1000 is newer, they are working on a tool for it.

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Rick @ Adventure-Tech sells a Front Axle Hex Tool that works with 2002-2013 DL1000's.The tool is cheap at only $4 but shipping as quoted seems a little high for such a small thing. Give them a call and they'll probably re-quote at a lower rate. If your 1000 is newer, they are working on a tool for it.

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Nope he does not have one yet for the Vee2, but for the rest of us who ride the other year models that is great. :fineprint:
 

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It turns out that the sparkplug wrench in my tool kit fits the front axle. However, it is not nearly strong enough to actually remove the axle. Seems like a poor design to me. I carry a huge allen wrench under my seat just for that axle - but I'm considering getting and adapter - like the the adventure tech one - and welding it to the end of the axle. That way I can remove the axle with a wrench and don't have to worry about finding the one specialty tool I need.
 

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The Owners Manual calls for a special tool for removal of the axle shaft as part of the front tire removal. Is this tool definetley needed or is there a substitute method?
You can always just pick up a nut that fits in the axle and use a conventional wrench on the nut.
 

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I use a threaded rod joining nut available at Home Depot.
It is about two inches long.
I think it is 13/16 or 15/16.
Just slip it in and hold with a socket or wrench.
About two bucks.
Works great and is so close of a fit as to not want to turn and damage axle.
 

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The 24MM bolt and nut work very well for a cheap tool in a spot.
Head of the bolt goes into the axle the nut is used to remove it, when I made these in the past I would Tig weld the nut to the bolt, this in some cases allows you to use a diff size nut to in a sense you have two tools.

24 & 22mm.

Total cost is about 4 bucks all in give or take.
 
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