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Hey guys, I'm planning on changing out the front tire this weekend, I just have a couple questions.

Is 22mm the correct size for the hex key bit?
Do I need two of them to remove the axle?
Also any tips on how to remove would be appreciated.

Thanks.
 

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do any of you guys have a tool kit bought with the bike?

I had 2 yami's and they both came with tool kits..

sucks not to have a spanner wrench and basic tools to take off the wheels..

BTW you can buy the tool from ebay.. I went to osh and picked up some hex nuts and a bolt.. and managed to get the front wheel off. I found a nut that was 22mm in diameter.. that went over a bolt.. it costed me 3 bucks.
 

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go to cyclegear either in person or on line and order the axle tool for like 16 bucks, it's worth it. Front tyres are far easier than the rear.
 

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Alright, thanks guys. I'm going to tackle this project this weekend.

go to cyclegear either in person or on line and order the axle tool for like 16 bucks, it's worth it. Front tyres are far easier than the rear.
Yep, that's what I ended up doing. I tried looking for a cheaper alternative at sears, and lowes, but they don't have anything larger than 17mm.
 

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The back side of a spark plug socket will also work for the hex, craftsmen 13/16 spark plug socket with an extension through it works perfectly.
 

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The back side of a spark plug socket will also work for the hex, craftsmen 13/16 spark plug socket with an extension through it works perfectly.
:plusone: This is what I have always used... Fits perfect. One other note ... if you are using a fork stand, be careful once you pull the axle out because the fork ends swivel ... you DON'T want them to swivel off your stand resulting in your bike tipping over. I highly recommend you use a triple tree stand if you have one.

 

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:plusone: This is what I have always used... Fits perfect. One other note ... if you are using a fork stand, be careful once you pull the axle out because the fork ends swivel ... you DON'T want them to swivel off your stand resulting in your bike tipping over. I highly recommend you use a triple tree stand if you have one.

along with that, never, ever try to do this with ONLY a front stand. dont ask me how i know:eek: the forks will twist, and compress, the bike will collapse..not pretty
 

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along with that, never, ever try to do this with ONLY a front stand. dont ask me how i know:eek: the forks will twist, and compress, the bike will collapse..not pretty
:Laughing rolling: NOOB! :D
 

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:Laughing rolling: NOOB! :D
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well, i was in a HURRY. and my rear stand hadnt came in yet. the bike didnt fall or anything. but it did give me a "wtf did i just do" moment.

ended up strapping the bars to the rafters;)

and yes, i was a noob...hell i still am..
 

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well, i was in a HURRY. and my rear stand hadnt came in yet. the bike didnt fall or anything. but it did give me a "wtf did i just do" moment.

ended up strapping the bars to the rafters;)

and yes, i was a noob...hell i still am..
Like this?



I actually have a triple tree stand, but when you pull the triple you have to get creative.
 

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well, i was in a HURRY. and my rear stand hadnt came in yet. the bike didnt fall or anything. but it did give me a "wtf did i just do" moment.

ended up strapping the bars to the rafters;)

and yes, i was a noob...hell i still am..
The very first time I changed mine, I had mine on a rear stand and a fork stand. As soon as I pulled the axle out the fork end started to swivel ... While sitting on the floor at the front of the bike, I held the fork end with one hand and grabbed the handle bar with the other hand to steady the bike ... then did ALOT of panic yelling to get my wifes attention to come slide the axle back in while I held shit in place to keep the bike from tipping. I'm not sure it would have actually tipped since it was on a rear stand ... but it sure felt like it would have and I didn't want to chance it. Once the axle was back in ... I got the triple tree stand out and used that for taking my front wheel off every time going forward.
 

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The very first time I changed mine, I had mine on a rear stand and a fork stand. As soon as I pulled the axle out the fork end started to swivel ... While sitting on the floor at the front of the bike, I held the fork end with one hand and grabbed the handle bar with the other hand to steady the bike ... then did ALOT of panic yelling to get my wifes attention to come slide the axle back in while I held shit in place to keep the bike from tipping. I'm not sure it would have actually tipped since it was on a rear stand ... but it sure felt like it would have and I didn't want to chance it. Once the axle was back in ... I got the triple tree stand out and used that for taking my front wheel off every time going forward.
lol ok good to know, all I have is a fork stand (and of course a rear stand :p). I'll have my dad give me a hand this weekend. :)
 
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