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Old 09-23-08, 08:43 AM
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solid axle wheel installation trouble

My front wheel has a solid axle with serrated axle nuts. I find that when I tighten the axle nuts, they slip against the fork ends a bit and misalign the wheel. My workaround has been to put my weight on the handlebars while tightening the nuts, but this is annoying. Proper track nuts would solve this problem, but the axle is 5/16"x26 and I'm having trouble finding track nuts in that size (at least in the US).

I've considered putting in flat washers, but is this safe? Or is there a better trick for tightening serrated axle nuts?

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Old 09-23-08, 09:19 AM
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Flat washers would be a good idea.

Serrations, whether on a nut or a washer, do virtually nothing except mangle metal.

Use washers and just make sure to tighten properly.
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Old 09-23-08, 10:12 AM
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yeah, this happens to me with virtually every serrated nut i deal with on the front fork and yes, a pair of flat washers should do wonders. otherwise the wheel will try to crawl out of the fork as you tighten it up and the hillman at your local hardware store sells them for like 10 cents. just dont go too big.
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use a nice chrome washer and nut. use a box wrench not an adjustable
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