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Front Axle thread?

Right hand or Left Hand? Pulling wheels to get tires mounted in the morning.

Buell is left hand is why I ask before I bonehead something!

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Right hand. Lefty loosey, righty tighty. 14 mm socket head.

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Do not forget to loosen the lock nut first. It is on the bottom of the right fork leg facing forward.
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All apart and ready to head to the shop in the morning. I just didn't want to B.F.I. anything. Calipers are tied up and wedged open and I even cleaned everything up for the guy to mount the RP2.

I was lucky that a guy at work had a 14mm hex socket and let me use it as there's not one to be found in town. I already order one to have on hand.

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A 9/16" (14.2875mm) Allen key or hex socket should also work.
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in a pinch the spark plug tool in the kit will get the axle bolt out, still need a good tool to do a good reassembly
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Michelins RP2 on, Ahh, the minty freshness of new tires!

Everything went back on with only the front axle giving me any trouble, bugger to line up and get started.

I got 7886 miles on the factory Dunlops and could have maybe squeezed 400-600 more out of the rear in a pinch but the front would have lasted the year as it was only down about 1/3 to 1/2 the tread. But not worth the worry and I never did like those tires anyway.

So How do the RP2s work on my Versys? Don't know...raining and cold so I'm holding off a bit to try my new wet weather tires out! I am going over to a friends house to use his impact gun so I can change to the 16t sprocket this afternoon.

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...I was lucky that a guy at work had a 14mm hex socket and let me use it as there's not one to be found in town. I already order one to have on hand.
The metric '1/4 and 3/8 socket set' of allen wrenches from Harbor Freight include a 14mm, inexpensive.

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and if you already have all those smaller wrenches,
I bought a 3 piece set, think it was 10mm 12mm and 14mm at AutoZone for cheap.

Actually, I got 2 sets. One for the Lowes Motorcycle Racing ToolBox
and one to throw into the NinjaRat Traveling ToolBag.
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and if you already have all those smaller wrenches,
I bought a 3 piece set, think it was 10mm 12mm and 14mm at AutoZone for cheap.

Actually, I got 2 sets. One for the Lowes Motorcycle Racing ToolBox
and one to throw into the NinjaRat Traveling ToolBag.
I went down to AutoZone. They had a 12,14,17mm set so I have it now! Only one on hand. Thanks for the heads up. All three cost less than the one I was ordering from work.

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