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    advice on trimming down axles

    i've got some surly track hubs with longer (solid) axles (to accomidate installation on a frame with 130 spacing, i'd guess), but i've got them on a track frame with 120 spacing and find the excess axle sticking out the side to be a bit obnoxious.

    i assume i can safely trim these down, but what's the best way - is a hacksaw going to take forever? should i seek out some kind of grinder?

    thanks

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    get a shorter axle. swapping them on surly hubs is a breeze...
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    Are you using full size track-nuts rather than simple bolts? If not, switch to them, then decide how long you need the axle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brunning
    i've got some surly track hubs with longer (solid) axles (to accomidate installation on a frame with 130 spacing, i'd guess), but i've got them on a track frame with 120 spacing and find the excess axle sticking out the side to be a bit obnoxious.

    i assume i can safely trim these down, but what's the best way - is a hacksaw going to take forever? should i seek out some kind of grinder?

    thanks
    You could already have had it done with a good hacksaw.
    Last edited by sydney; 03-21-05 at 03:42 PM.

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    Just spin the nuts *on* before you cut so when you undo them, you clean up the thread end a bit. A bit of dressing with a bastard file might also smooth off the rough edges before the nuts come off.

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    Best thing is to determine how much total to cut off, remove the axle from the hub and cut it all off one end. Use a bench grinder to bevel the cut end slightly to clean up the threads and make it easier to start the nuts. Then thread a nut on from the uncut end and work it off the cut end to clear any burrs from inside the threads.

    If you muck it up, then just get a new axle. No big deal.

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    That's assuming the axle is threaded all the way across.

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    Yes, it assumes that when you are finished you will have threads enough for the cones. Otherwise you need to cut both ends.

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    just sawed the sucker down with my dremel tool in about 2 minutes. left a few mm extra on each end and beveled the edges down smooth and nice... no sweat.

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