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Easy way to remove a single speed freewheel?

Old 09-11-09, 06:39 AM
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Easy way to remove a single speed freewheel?

I just bought a wheel that came with flip flop hubs. I want to remove the freewheel on one side but don't have the proper tool Is there another way to do this? Can I just use a punch and a hammer on the slot to drive it in an anti-clockwise rotation?
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Old 09-11-09, 07:16 AM
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Don't do that. Get a proper tool for $8-$10.
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Old 09-11-09, 07:20 AM
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Swing by a chop and ask them to take it off. They shouldn't charge you more than five bucks, and if they don't charge you, then you should buy a couple tubes or something.

I imagine swinging a hammer and punch at it will damage it rather than remove it.
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Originally Posted by queerpunk View Post
Swing by a chop and ask them to take it off. They shouldn't charge you more than five bucks, and if they don't charge you, then you should buy a couple tubes or something.

I imagine swinging a hammer and punch at it will damage it rather than remove it.
I would go with this. Without the tool, I had to destroy my freewheel to get it off, the tabs cracked away. Either buy the tool, or take it to a shop. The shops around here wouldn't even charge to have it taken off. They might have you sign a receipt for liability, is all.
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But the tool. You'll have it next time you need to take off the freewheel, too.
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Chances are it's too tight to get off that way. I usually don't charge people just to remove a freewheel when they bring them in. Just go by a local shop.
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Originally Posted by queerpunk View Post
swing by a chop and ask them to take it off. They shouldn't charge you more than five bucks, and if they don't charge you, then you should buy a couple tubes or something.

I imagine swinging a hammer and punch at it will damage it rather than remove it.
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Old 09-11-09, 11:12 AM
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If you've ridden on it at all, its probably too tight to remove with a hammer and punch.

Buy the tool. I know, more money, but you'll probably use it again and again.

Also, even with the tool, it can be a pain to get it off. Wrench will fall off, can't get enough torque, etc. Even with greased threads, SOME just don't want to budge no matter what.

I taped the removal tool to a cheap adjustable wrench, put the tool on and with a track nut loosing holding in, stand the wheel up against something so it won't roll, and stomp the wrench handle with your heel. Fastest way I've found without a good sturdy vise and without breaking a sweat.
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Old 09-11-09, 08:24 PM
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Update: I bought the tool. Put it on. Turned it with my fingers and it came right off. Since it was a new wheel (oops, didn't mention that) it was never tightened at the factory.
Odds are I will never need that tool again, but I now have a nice new Park single speed freewheel remover to help others with.
Thanks all for the advice. Yes, if it had been tight, I might have royally buggered it up with the hammer and punch.
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Happy ending.
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