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Old 08-06-09, 12:52 PM   #1
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Maxle 360 Problem

So I have a 2008 RS Pike with the Maxle 360. The fork has been great and the Maxle is great too, but it has been increasingly more difficult to insert the Maxle. When I first got it, it took almost zero effort, but now, each time I use it, it gets harder and harder to turn. I have never let dirt get in the threads or anything, but I do need to remove the wheel each ride. I have even flushed the Maxle and threads. It did not help at all. It is to the point that I now need 2 hands to turn the Maxle and it takes a lot of work. That can't be right and I am afraid of hurting my fork lowers. Anyone else have this problem?
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Odd that something like that would get cross threaded, but that's sorta what it sounds like to me. How do the threads "look"?

Can your shop / riding buddies pop another Maxle in there and see if it's the axle or the lowers?
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Odd that something like that would get cross threaded, but that's sorta what it sounds like to me. How do the threads "look"?

Can your shop / riding buddies pop another Maxle in there and see if it's the axle or the lowers?
It does indeed seem cross threaded, but I have no idea how that would happen. At first glance, the threads look good, but I will need to look a bit more closely tonight.

Unfortunately, I am the only person I ride with who has a Maxle. I doubt my shop would have one either, but maybe I will ask.

EDIT - I did try installing the Maxle without my wheel, just to make sure that was not the problem. Didn't make it any easier, so I am sure it is either the fork lowers or the Maxle.
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HA! I didn't break it! Praise the BF gods!

Ok, so I kept removing parts of the maxle and putting it back in. First tried without the wheel. No good. Cleaned everything really well. Still no good. Threads didn't look messed up, so I removed the QR type part that goes through the maxle, and suddenly it worked perfectly! Apparently, the wedge expander part of the QR was too tight and was deforming the threads. Now I just need to remember to loosen the QR part a lot more when I remove/install the maxle.

You have NO IDEA how relieved I am. And yes, had it actually been broken, there would be a video of me bawling my eyes out. No such luck for you though.
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Glad you got it figured out on your own.
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