Bicycle Mechanics - single speed freehub removal
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06-08-05, 03:58 PM
Howdy folks, picked up a set of shimano single speed hubs at a garage sale for $5. They've never been used so the grease is chunked up pretty good. I figured since I was in there repacking the axle bearings I might as well regrease the freehub also. What I'm not sure about it how to remove it. I can't tell if it has a lockring with a left-hand thread or I just need a 2 prong remover. It's pretty hard to turn in either direction, so I don't wanna crank on it and strip anything.
Thanks if you have any info
There's a reason that the freewheel is all pulled apart. Someone clipped the spokes before removing the freewheel, and then realized that the thing wouldn't come apart without the leverage imparted by the rim. You have a few (not good) choices. You may get lucky and find out that the freewheel was just screwed on lightly. A vice and your hand will tell you that. If that's not good, then you can put some spokes back in and attach a rim. Torqueing on the hub shell will ruin it (the ringing voice of experience here). Oh, and you need a two prong remover. They're pretty cool hubs, and they don't look like they have ever been built, so it'll be worth some effort to get 'em apart.
Someone else may have a better scheme; I'm waiting with bated breath...good luck.
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