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post #1 of 24 Old 11-16-2005, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Front Wheel Removal Wrench Question

I have a question. I lifted my DL650 last night, unbolted the calipers, front axle pinch bolt, then reached through the tool kit to for the tool to unscrew the axle-nothing fits. Am I missing a tool? Or is this allen type wrench not included in the factory kit? At least I found this out in my garage, not on the side of the road.
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post #2 of 24 Old 11-16-2005, 08:54 PM
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You need one of these, a 12mm hex socket (biggest one in pict).



Don't bother going to Sears. Craftsman doesn't make a 3/8" drive hex socket larger than 10mm :roll: . I got a SK Tools brand at Wholesale Tool http://www.wttool.com/c/64271370p. I'm lucky to live near one of their retail stores. Buy two, one for the toolbox and one for the road.

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Thanks! I am off to find a 12mm Hex socket. Instant help found here.

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I also bought a cheap 12mm hex wrench. But don't use it because I can't measure the torque with it like I can with the hex socket on a torque wrench.

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So I guess I am wrong if it uses a 12mm, but the below is applicable to the big bike.

I believe the 650 uses the same 19mm allen wrench and no you don't get one in the standard tool kit. There are several work arounds if you can't find the tool locally or care to pay the price they are going for.

19mm is the equivalent of 3/4" and some sprark plug wrenches have a 3/4" hex base on them and if one can insert a 3/8's extension into the spark plug well of the socket, in effect using the socket in reverse it will remove the axle.

Made another for a friend whose spark plug socket couldn't accept an extension through the inside due to the rounding of the inner surface, so I just drilled a set of holes across it for him at 5/16" and using a 1/4" 12" extension he had a "T" style wrench.

I had an old crow bar with 3/4" flats across the hexagon shape, I cut it into 2.5" lengths and polished them up, got 9 pieces which I then sold eight of them on e-bay for about $12 each, gotta love people and auctions. Anyway you insert it in the axle and then place a socket 19mm or 3/4"on it.

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I bought this set at Autozone for $8. I actually tried two different locations before I found it - they had it at the 24-hour store.



Now, where do you need the 19mm hex socket?

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On the 1000 it is needed to remove the front axle.

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On the 1000 it is needed to remove the front axle.

Well, I've sadly just figure this out that neither my tool box nor bike's tool kit have this 19mm hex thing. :twisted: (I can't get my front wheel off to change the tire-ugh!) Where could I pick one up and is there any other tools for the K5 DL1k that I need to be aware are MIA from the kit? :?: This might be a dumb question but why does Suzuki leave such a tool out? Seems on the road tire removal tools would rank high.

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On a bike running tubeless tires it isn't a big deal not having the tools onboard to change a flat, usually can be done with a plug kit and a shot of compressed air and your on the road again. A mini compressor takes up as much room as the number of CO2 cartridges one needs and is reuseable and wiring a 12 volt outlet to the bike is just handy to have anyway.

Many bikes are using these as front axle tools now, the one on my GSX-R is now a 23mm allen, that is a real pain in the ass to find but I'm making a tool for that as well by milling a piece of aluminum bar stock to size. I'd rather spend several hours making a tool than spending the $40 to 50 to buy it. But I also love to buy tools as well, can't have an empty drawer or spot on the peg board.

But many bike aren't equpped with the tools required to remove a wheel, my KLR650's tool kit doesn't have the tools to remove the front wheel for example.

The axle 19mm allen head sockets can be bought from any major tool house from Sears to Matco but I believe the best price for an adequate tool to do the job can be found at Harbor Freight for a 1/3rd of the price of the big tool places.

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I bought this set at Autozone for $8. I actually tried two different locations before I found it - they had it at the 24-hour store.



Now, where do you need the 19mm hex socket?
Thanks. My second Autozone yesterday had these.
Now, asking the mechanic at the stealership near my work why this was not in the factory kit" Suzuki kinda doesn't want guys takin' their front wheel off a lot"
Great answer. Thanks. Now I know why I do my own work. To protect me from myself. Kinda understand all the stickers (that usta be) on the bike now. Corporate policy and all.

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