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Ok....What's the trick to removing the front sprocket nut?

Tried a rag in between the chain/front sprocket, tried a piece of wood between the swingarm and wheel.....no luck. I'm not weak, but......???? Is it just a matter of man-handling it or what? I'm assuming it's not a reverse nut...?? Lefty-Lucy?
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Did you?????? Open "cup washer" flange to allow for Sprocket Nut removal. Notice cup washer is facing out and replace the same way.

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You mean the washer that is flattened over on one side? Yes, I hammered it flat with a rubber mallet....
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Trying to use a 16" breaker bar with a 27mm socket.....
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This is insane.....It's like it's welded on. I don't have an air gun, but I have an impact wrench and that still doesn't loosen it......Uggh.
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Haha. Yeah, it's a common complaint around here. It is stuck on pretty good, but I had no problems with a padded wood in wheel/swingarm and a 2-foot 1/2" drive breaker bar with 1-1/16" (26.9875mm) 6-point socket... Being a 6'1" 210 lbs ex-arm wrestling champion helps as well.

Is it 1/2" drive? If so, you could add a pipe extender on your breaker bar.

No, it's not a reverse threaded nut.
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My local bikes shop could not shift it with their impact wrench so we moved it with the longest breaker bar in the world and me standing on the rear break level and mechanic fell on his butt as nut came loose and I even lent them my 27mm six point socket
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Yep, it's a 1/2" drive, 27mm socket on a 16" breaker bar. I guess I'll add some pipe/leverage to it tomorrow and keep trying. If I can't get it, I'll call my Navy Seal buddy over.....He won't leave until it's off...
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That's sounds like a good plan, with the Super Commando.
You can help by holding the Versys upright... And get ready for a good sharp "PANG !!!"

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I had a tremendous amount of trouble with the drive nut. I tried 4' cheater pipe and an impact wrench. I ended using a dremel and a cut off wheel to "Loosen the nut by cutting it in two pieces. Then I used an air hammer with a chisel attachment to drive it off.

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If you place a long socket between one of the bottom teeth of the front socket and the frame there isnt any slack. This will help you leverage.

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My air impact wrench (Craftsman) did it in about 2 seconds....


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I just have cheap impact wrench but it made short work of it.

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My air impact wrench (Craftsman) did it in about 2 seconds....

+1, except I used my battery powered impact. I was terrified to install a new chain and sprockets on my bike when I needed them, because of everything I read on here. I had out several breaker bars, and wood pieces. Just for fun I grabbed my impact, and it popped off.

It was the original sprocket, based on the mileage when I bought it, so it should have been on tight.

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Borrowed an old, heavy duty air impact gun from a friend....No luck. Again, all I have is this little Crafstman air compressor, but it should easily be able to get this thing off, no? I thought maybe the washer was stopping me, so I pounded it totally flat all the way around. I'll try the long socket through to block any slack, but I'm not understanding WHERE excatly you're placing it..."between the bottom teeth of the front sprocket and the swingarm"???
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I'll try the long socket through to block any slack, but I'm not understanding WHERE excatly you're placing it..."between the bottom teeth of the front sprocket and the swingarm"???


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And you DO turn the nut COUNTER CLOCKWISE to loosen, right?? I'm going nuts here(pun intended).
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And you DO turn the nut COUNTER CLOCKWISE to loosen, right?? I'm going nuts here(pun intended).
You're not going nuts. Some are put on very tight at the factory. Lefty loosey.

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I just bought a 16t sprocket for my Versys and remember trying to get the one off my KLR when I put a 16t on it. I tried a 24" 1/2" breaker bar with a 4 FOOT pipe. All we did was crank the bike around the garage about 3 time. I ended up at a local tire shop and they hit it with a 1/2" impact gun and even then it took four tries. Manual said 72fp on the KLR...I think they had it at 72 foot TONS!

I have a bud who has a big impact gun and I'm waiting to do the job next week end remembering what fun the KLR was.

I have never understood why it needs to be so tight anyway. The splines are what keeps it from twisting and the nut just keep the sprocket from falling off it seems to me.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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