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    Has anyone ever cut 1-2cm off their rear axle?

    I'd like to trim each side down. Is there a right way to go about it. I don't want to **** up the threading. Thanks in advance for your help.

    -Chris

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    Thread a nut on that you don't care about up to where you want to cut it and then cut right up against it using a hacksaw. When threading the nut off after the cut it will debur it.

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    hacksaw will do the job, and keep the nut on there so when you take it off it will fix the threads. like christian said

    but why not throw some huge bmx pegs on there and give friends rides?

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    Also, If you have a bench grider, I usually put a small taper on the end (when i shorten any bolt), not necessary but looks nice and easier to start threading nuts in a hurry...
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    Quote Originally Posted by christiank
    Thread a nut on that you don't care about up to where you want to cut it and then cut right up against it using a hacksaw. When threading the nut off after the cut it will debur it.
    did this with mine and my brother's iros, worked great. no more "ben hur hubs" ([165]) for me.

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    i've trimmed many an axle with a dremel tool.

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    I'm not so sure a hacksaw will cut it (pun intended, I guess), since the axle is probably hardened steel. If a hacksaw can't hack it, a dremel with a cutoff wheel will make fairly quick work of it and will leave the threads in pretty good shape. Just threading the nut back off over the cut will fix the threads up just fine, but I always neaten them up by tapering off the last 1/2 turn of thread with a file or dremel to avoid having a sharp finger slicer. I've cut a lot of bolts for various things, but never had the need to cut an axle, or I could speculate further on how hard the steel is. I've got a wheelset with a long axle just like yours and it doesn't really bother me enough to do anything to it.
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    dont pull a mikey from orange county choppers and leave the nut off

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    a hacksaw will cut it in about 30 seconds, just make sure the teeth are facing forward, or it will take much longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacG
    I'm not so sure a hacksaw will cut it.
    I have cut literally dozens upon dozens of steel axles with a decent hacksaw blade. I have never come across one that gave me a problem.

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