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ok, i'm about ready to drown myself.....


i've purchased a front sprocket from sprocketspecialist.com, just received it today here is what i did.



1. Lift the back end of the bike up.
2. Placed a hammer wrapped in a towel through the tire to prevent it from spinning.
3. Removed the 5 7mm bolts, and the spedometer cable, or whatever it is.
4. Removed the sprocketcover
5. Cleaned some of the excess oil around the housing unit, (it was pretty dirty) I didn't remove all oil because my chain needs oil.
6. Flattened out the washer.
7. Attempted with a 1 1/6 wrench to remove the sprocket bolt.
8, Failed at removing the bolt.
9. Failed again...
10. and again.....
11. and again....

I do not have access to a torque wrench. What the hell am I doing wrong. I'm rotating counter clockwise.
 

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IMPACT gun;)

do a quick search and youll see some tips leading to a air tools
 

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or attach a long pole to the wrench...will give you more leverage
 

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I've always had good luck with things like that with a "cheater bar" just a piece of good steel pipe just big enought to fit over the wrench handle, and about 4-5 feet long. You'd be suprised how many foot pounds of torque you can generate with one of those.
 

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Try using the rear brake to prevent the rear wheel from spinning. Better than ruining your rear wheel spoke with hammer between wheel. Impact wrench is normally the quickest, but if you dont have access to one, use a breaker bar or a large box wrench holding onto the end of your ratchet (makes for a long breaker bar). More leverage(length of bar) = easy off.
 

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it came off at least....? when ya go to get a replacement bolt ask one of the mechanics how they do it...all the ways shown here should work
which way did you do it?
 

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i couldnt get mine off either, was using a 5 foot snipe on my wrench as well, woudlnt budge, so i finally to it to a shop, and stuck an impact on it, and after it hammering away for like a minute, it finally came off....
 

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hahahahaha... wusses :D jk/ I usually dont have any problem getting bolts off, i sometimes break them and am very good at stripping holes in aluminum... pleasures of being bigger than just about every human being :D
 

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Reading stuff like this makes me glad I bought a DeWalt electric impact wrench. $180 bucks and 240 ft/lbs of torque.
 

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Yes, the only "proper" was to take the front sprocket off is to use an impact gun...at my shop we charge $35 to change the front sprocket (it's well worth not haveing the 5 day headache of figureing it out in your garage )!!;)
 

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$35!?!?!?! That's over $1.75 per minute. Anyone with an impact could do it in under 20 minutes. I would even have time to clean the sprocket cover.
It amazes me what some people will pay to have their bike fixed.
What's your labor rate down there Ash, $60/hr?
 

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You don't always have to have an impact to take off bolts that are tight. In my profession, I have learned how to improvise. It is amazing what you can do with a hammer and a punch. Sometimes you can give a nut or bolt a jolt with a blunt object and it will cause it to loosen. I have used that technique on exhaust bolts and allen-head bolts that are rounded out for a long time. The pipe was a good idea depending on if you pull up or push down. Sometimes it helps to try and tighten a nut a little more b/4 you try to remove. I don't know what that is all about, but ocassionally it works.
 

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yeah, try to loosen your front sprocket with a hammer and a punch....not so easy!

For $35, we change the front sprocket (pull and replace the fairing if needed) and wipe down the bike afterward (unless its so dirty that a wipe down would make it worse)...and we also lube and adjust the chain....

Its amazing what people try to do themselves and have to bring in for us to fix their f**k-ups and THEN do the job "properly"...

Yes, $60/hr is our labor rate.
 

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Originally posted by melloyello
$35!?!?!?! That's over $1.75 per minute. Anyone with an impact could do it in under 20 minutes. I would even have time to clean the sprocket cover.
It amazes me what some people will pay to have their bike fixed.
Yeah, but some people also neither have the time, nor the tools or a decent place (garage, basement, etc.) to do it themselves. If you have a reputable shop to take it to, what's the big deal?
I'd rather pay a few extra bucks to make sure it was done right, rather than try something myself, fuck it up, and then pay out the ass for it. If the dealer fucks something up, it's on them, not me.
To each their own.
 
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