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Front axle hex socket

It's front tire time, and I thought I'd be slick by using my only hex socket from my tech days.

As it turns out, the axle isn't 17mm, which IS the size of a VW check plug... It's much, much larger.

Anyone know off hand what size hex socket I'll be trying to source?

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Harbor Freight! Do not remember the size. Just went out and looked at mine, it is 1/2" drive 22mm with the word Titan stamped on it. I think it came from Home Depot.
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If I remember correctly the small end of the spark plug socket in the factory tool kit fit the axle bolt.
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If I remember correctly the small end of the spark plug socket in the factory tool kit fit the axle bolt.
I haven't opened my tool kit yet. I'll have to check it out.

Meanwhile, it's 22mm and nearly impossible to source locally as an individual socket. However, my dealer has one for $21+tax and the local cycle gear has them for ~$22.

Makes me long for the days I could step onto a tool truck and step off with a bunch of shiny chrome and a weekly bill.

Except for the weekly bill part.

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I got mine here for less than 7 bucks..https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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This is the full extent of my factory "toolkit"

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Thought I'd get smart and remember what I have.

My O2 sensor socket is 7/8", with a half inch drive that goes all the way through.

But it's 24mm on the outside.

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Then I thought about my own spark plug sockets, and noted that my 13/16 spark plug socket does indeed have a 7/8" hex on the end.

Then I looked down the three eighths hole...

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Get 7/8 lug nut. the longer the better. stick half the lug nut in the axle, then use a 7/8 socket or wrench on the other end of the lug nut and unscrew the axle. VERY IMPORTANT don't forget to loosen the pinch bolts on the bottom of the fork first.

or get bolt with 7/8 head run two nuts on it as tight as possible. stick the 7/8 head in the axle put wrench on inside nut and unsrew the axle. don't forget to loosen the pinch bolt first.

if worse comes to worse break the porcelain end off of a 7/8 spark plug. stick the 7/8 hex end of spark plug in the axle. using vise grip pliers grip threaded end of spark plug and unscrew the axle. Do I need to remind you to loosen the pinch bolt first?
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Get 7/8 lug nut. the longer the better. stick half the lug nut in the axle, then use a 7/8 socket or wrench on the other end of the lug nut and unscrew the axle. VERY IMPORTANT don't forget to loosen the pinch bolts on the bottom of the fork first.

or get bolt with 7/8 head run two nuts on it as tight as possible. stick the 7/8 head in the axle put wrench on inside nut and unsrew the axle. don't forget to loosen the pinch bolt first.

if worse comes to worse break the porcelain end off of a 7/8 spark plug. stick the 7/8 hex end of spark plug in the axle. using vise grip pliers grip threaded end of spark plug and unscrew the axle. Do I need to remind you to loosen the pinch bolt first?
I bought the tool. This likely won't be my last bike, so it'll be good to have around.

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It's front tire time, and I thought I'd be slick by using my only hex socket from my tech days.

As it turns out, the axle isn't 17mm, which IS the size of a VW check plug... It's much, much larger.

Anyone know off hand what size hex socket I'll be trying to source?
The front wheel requires a 14mm Allen key, at least on a MK1 an MK2 Versys.

The rear I believe is a 27mm socket.
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The front wheel requires a 14mm Allen key, at least on a MK1 an MK2 Versys.

The rear I believe is a 27mm socket.
It's 22mm on my 1000.

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Makes me long for the days I could step onto a tool truck and step off with a bunch of shiny chrome and a weekly bill.

Except for the weekly bill part.

Love those chrome taco trucks. Just wish the chrome tacos were not soooooooooooo expensive.

I should have bought more tools when I was younger and they were more affordable.
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Here's what I purchased recently to do some front end work on another bike. This should fit the bill as well for the V https://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycles...e/263976001640 My only gripe is that it's 3/8" drive not 1/2".
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Here's what I purchased recently to do some front end work on another bike. This should fit the bill as well for the V https://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycles...e/263976001640 My only gripe is that it's 3/8" drive not 1/2".
The one I picked up is just like that except black... Which makes it sexy. And, as we all know, anything sexy costs at least double. Mine was $23 after tax.

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Love those chrome taco trucks. Just wish the chrome tacos were not soooooooooooo expensive.



I should have bought more tools when I was younger and they were more affordable.
I've spent so much money on the Snap-on truck, they gave me a really nice wool letterman jacket. I still have my 50th Anniversary Corvette edition Snap-on toolbox in my garage. They said I'd never lose money on it... They were correct. No one would buy it from me.
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Here's what I purchased recently to do some front end work on another bike. This should fit the bill as well for the V https://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycles...e/263976001640 My only gripe is that it's 3/8" drive not 1/2".
This tool will work for the v1000 (which is what 52degrees has) it will not work on the v650 or the v300.

I think it is important for people reading threads to know which versys the thread is referring to. although the 650 is the most popular, there is still the 1000 and the 300. also notice the year model.

As for the 3/8 drive. Use a box end wrench for breaking loose and final tightening
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The front wheel requires a 14mm Allen key, at least on a MK1 an MK2 Versys.

The rear I believe is a 27mm socket.
THIS thread is for the V1000!

YOUR post is correct, for the V650s.
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THIS thread is for the V1000!

YOUR post is correct, for the V650s.
well then, hedge your bets and buy these https://www.amazon.com/Neiko-01141B-.../dp/B00ED2S8ZU https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-2-Inch.../dp/B000JLBQV2
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