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Old 06-30-14, 10:30 PM
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Help removing stuck freewheel

I'm trying to remove the 6 speed frewheel off my wheel. I actually removed it last week because I got a new one but it ended up being the wrong part and I put the old one back on . I haven't even rode the bike so I don't understand why it's so hard to get off now. Been at it for 40 minutes with wrench, FR 1.2 and chain whip. I tried spraying some wd-40. don't have a vice at home
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Old 06-30-14, 10:34 PM
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Freewheels don't need a chainwhip to aid the removal. Only a freewheel tool and a long and sturdy lever (vice) is needed. Are you sure you're doing this the right way? your question begs my question. Andy.
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Old 06-30-14, 10:44 PM
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1) remove wheel from bike

2) insert FR-1.2 tool in freewheel

3) put big adjustable wrench or socket on FR-1.2

4) put BFP (big, frickn' pipe) over big adjustable wrench.

5) hold on to wheel, by hand, while upright and unscrew counterclockwise...

IME, can be a very satisfying experience.

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Old 06-30-14, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart View Post
Freewheels don't need a chainwhip to aid the removal. Only a freewheel tool and a long and sturdy lever (vice) is needed. Are you sure you're doing this the right way? your question begs my question. Andy.
Don't have access to a vice. I'm using this method:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJCKm6DG-NQ

I did it before
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Old 06-30-14, 10:45 PM
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As Andy said above the chainwhip plays NO PART in removing the freewheel. Put in your Park Tool FR1.2 and a socket that fits over the FR1.2. Use a long breaker bar and hold the wheel steady while unscrewing (LEFTY LOOSY) it. It should come out very easily.

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i think the video shows the removal of a cassette not a freewheel.
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
Don't have access to a vice. I'm using this method:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJCKm6DG-NQ

I did it before

He was removing Cassette and NOT freewheel!!! BIG DIFFERENCE and why the chainwhip!!!
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Old 06-30-14, 10:50 PM
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+1. No chain whip. Insert freewheel tool and turn with long wrench.
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Old 06-30-14, 11:08 PM
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Thanks. I feel like an idiot
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Thanks. I feel like an idiot
No worries....we are here to help!!!
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Old 07-01-14, 03:27 AM
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Thanks. I feel like an idiot
No worries....that's what we are here for!!!

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It also helps if you use the skewer or axel nut secure the freewheel tool fairly snuggly to the freewheel then put a big wrench on it turn most will pop come off fairly easy with 70-80 lbs tork.
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If you have an impact wrench (electric, cordless, or pneumatic), it should help
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Originally Posted by U5512 View Post
As Andy said above the chainwhip plays NO PART in removing the freewheel.
Turn your freewheel in the direction that it freewheels. If you're having to hold your freewheel with a chain whip you're turning it the wrong way.
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Old 07-01-14, 10:01 AM
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And for the love of God and all that is Holy, DO NOT put the wheel between your legs.
No good can come of this.
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Old 07-01-14, 11:01 AM
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I'm not even going to mention the other freak thing that went wrong last night. Turned a 20 minute job into 2 hours bit everything is working now
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Old 07-01-14, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
It also helps if you use the skewer or axel nut secure the freewheel tool fairly snuggly to the freewheel then put a big wrench on it turn most will pop come off fairly easy with 70-80 lbs tork.
^Essential or you'll strip the tool.

Buy a quality bench vice and bolt it down somewhere. It's a needed investment.
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