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Front axle size question

Old 11-28-06, 10:21 AM
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Front axle size question

So I ordered a new set of wheels as an early present for myself, and upon attempting to put the front wheel on I discovered that the axle is about 2 mm too thick to fit on my front drop out. so my real question is, could i feasibly dremel out the ends to accommodate the axle? i thank you for any sage wisdom you could give me
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Old 11-28-06, 10:23 AM
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unless the hubs are really nice and the fork is really crap, i'd dremel the sides of the axle. but yeah, that should work.
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Depends on how beefy they are and what you call "feasible". More than likely yes.
You can certainly file the axle unless it's a QR.
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Old 11-28-06, 10:32 AM
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let's just say that the wheels are nicer than the bike, and i would be much more willing to sacrifice the fork than the wheel
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filing the axle will not "sacrifice" the wheel. just us a small file and file the threads on opposite sides of the axle. It should not affect the usability of the axle/wheel at all and will take just a few minutes.
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Originally Posted by ВелосипедОгайо
let's just say that the wheels are nicer than the bike, and i would be much more willing to sacrifice the fork than the wheel
I've done it with a Dremel with a cylindrical grinding bit. Work gingerly as it doesn't take much to shave off 1mm per side of each dropout. throw a bit of paint on the filed areas and you're good to go.
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Old 11-28-06, 11:14 AM
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so that's not going to hinder thread usability?

plus, rikardi, i just read about the bike theft setup with the missing bar, and i can't think of one single thing that would make my day more enjoyable than seeing that
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Old 11-28-06, 11:18 AM
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File the freaking fork. It won't kill it, and you're not saving some NOS piece for a gallery. Just go slow, and check it often.
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so that's not going to hinder thread usability?

plus, rikardi, i just read about the bike theft setup with the missing bar, and i can't think of one single thing that would make my day more enjoyable than seeing that
nope, ive done it./seen it done at least half a dozen times. if you use a metal file you are only taking away metal, and wont mess up the threads. for some added assurance you could stop filing every once in a while and thread the axle nut down onto that area to clean it up. you usually only need about 2mm , and the threads themselves area bout 1mm, so if you file flats onto each side you should be fine. It will honestly take out about 2 minutes total if you have a nice flat file and use the edge.
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that's what i had to do to my front wheel.

the axle only fits in the dropouts a certain way, and i need a cone wrench and a crescent wrench to take the wheel off. i guess people are less likely to steal it?
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Old 11-28-06, 12:56 PM
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just file the fork. i've done it with a round file and it took about 15 mins by hand.
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Had this question ... and it's already answered in BikeForums! Been finding lots of help here - Thanks so much!
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