Thanks guys. Yeah, I’m using a paddock stand under the forks. End of the axle threads just spins against the end of the internal threads. Gotta pick up some grease this morning, then I’m gonna try reinstalling the wheels, see how it goes.
What do you mean by this?
So did some digging, you have a 2018. I am not sure what you mean by paddock stand, if you are referring to something like a pit stand, that is very dangerous, particularly on the MK-3 , if on the other hand you mean a tripple tree stand , no worries.
There is a out, several people have used a hydraulic jack and a piece of plywood under the exhaust to lift the front. You should have a second person standing by. The other option is leave things alone untill the wheel returns. The problem is the clutch side shock contains the spring, which happens to be the side with the threads in it. If when you took the wheel off, that it was in the air, no worries, what will happen is the weight of the wheel will pull the right side shock down equal to the same distance as the clutch side shock, you may need to lever the tire up a bit, turn that shaft by hand, until you are certain the threads are started.
I have a Venom stand for that, and truthfully when I lowered my bike, I almost lost my clutch handle and a finger. I raised my right side shock, the left side let go like a bullet, there I was by myself, bike heading for the concrete, the clutch cable stopped it. I came up with a way of pressing the shock back into the triple tree. Then I purchased the Venom stand for future work.