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I need to change my front tire and I am having a hard time finding a 14mm hex bit for the front axle on my 2011 V. Has anyone here used a 9/16" hex bit instead? I had not thought to look for it while looking for the 14mm hex bit but I will if it works. I rather not, but I can't put off changing tires much longer.
 

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My personal experience has told me using the closest metric/imp size is risky as you can potentially strip the head at which point you have a huge headache on your hands. Don't risk it just buy the size you need. Any place that sells tools should have it for less than $10.
 

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My personal experience has told me using the closest metric/imp size is risky as you can potentially strip the head at which point you have a huge headache on your hands. Don't risk it just buy the size you need. Any place that sells tools should have it for less than $10.
I agree, I have been to three places so far and I can't even find it in a multiple set. Home Depot, Harbour Freight, and Advance Auto have all struck out. Autozone was closed by the time I got there. At this point if it worked for someone else with no issues I am willing to consider it, but I will continue to look as I would prefer to use the proper tool.
 

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9/16" = 14.2875mm... If it does fit, it will be tight and won't tend to damage it.

Someone was supposedly able to loosen front axle with spark plug tool(s) included in your Versys' tool bar.

Like the rear axle, front axle should be torqued to 80 ft-lbs.
 

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Stop being a cheap @$$ and go get an $8 socket at ANY hardware store. You'll mess that bolt up with a standard socket, and the head might twist in the standard socket and wedge the bolt in. Then you'll be out a socket and a bolt.
Dude, read his posts, he's been looking. You might have recommended he call around first, instead of making @$$umptions about his willingness (or not) to spend money.
 

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I think that I will start a black market for metric tool to sell in the us ...

Her you can almost have those tool in places like 7 eleven ... :p


Like other said, I would get the right diameter instead of fiddling with "almost" the right one

The only size that I feel confortable to swap is 3/8 ~ 10 mm, a hair of a difference

Hope you find what you are looking for !!!

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Harbor Freight has them at a good price--see here. I've had mine for several years, and the quality has been adequate for my needs.

They also have a 17mm size which I've used several times, though I can't think of where I used it right now. . . .

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Like other said, I would get the right diameter instead of fiddling with "almost" the right one

The only size that I feel confortable to swap is 3/8 ~ 10 mm, a hair of a difference.

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A 3/8" socket (9.525mm) is too small for a 10mm nut/bolt head (3/8" hex bit too small for 10mm hex socket).

A 1-1/16" (26.9875mm) socket works well on 27mm nut or bolt head, as does a 5/8" (15.875mm) on 16mm.

If a 9/16" (14.2875mm) hex fits IN the 14mm axle hex socket, it will be very tight and won't damage it.

A 14mm (8.82/16") socket does fit more snuggly ON a 9/16" nut/bolt head.
 

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How about the old trick of buying a bolt with a 14mm hex nut head. Attach two nuts with a lock washer in between conveniently on the bolt shaft and tighten the two together. Insert the bolt head into the axle. Inner of the two nuts will loosen and the outer of the two nuts will tighten.
 

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In the past I have had a few metric nuts and bolts that had a better fit with the standard size instead of metric. If the non metric size fits tighter than the "proper" size and doesn't have to be forced on go for it but if it is loose DO NOT DO IT! I had a Yam ATV that had so much play with the metric size I bought a standard socket and it fit better which was good since it was an axle bolt with a high torque spec. Then again it was a Yamaha and a complete piece of defective crap! BTW- F -Yamahaha
 

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I need to change my front tire and I am having a hard time finding a 14mm hex bit for the front axle on my 2011 V. Has anyone here used a 9/16" hex bit instead? I had not thought to look for it while looking for the 14mm hex bit but I will if it works. I rather not, but I can't put off changing tires much longer.
My personal experience has told me using the closest metric/imp size is risky as you can potentially strip the head at which point you have a huge headache on your hands. Don't risk it just buy the size you need. Any place that sells tools should have it for less than $10.
I KNOW you said you've tried Harbor-Freight, but is there another one near by? I've bought TWO of those metric 3/8 and 1/2 allen socket-sets, JUST to get the 14mm one for our front axles.
 

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Stop being a cheap @$$ and go get an $8 socket at ANY hardware store. You'll mess that bolt up with a standard socket, and the head might twist in the standard socket and wedge the bolt in. Then you'll be out a socket and a bolt.
I bought the only one I could find. It was at Sears and it was in a set with two standard hex bits and two metric hex bits. $39 plus tax.

I really only need the 14mm but since that was my fourth store I got it. I may of had one or two more round trips to work on myrear tire and I could not wait for one to arrive in the mail. Oh well.
 

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I bought the only one I could find. It was at Sears and it was in a set with two standard hex bits and two metric hex bits. $39 plus tax.

I really only need the 14mm but since that was my fourth store I got it. I may of had one or two more round trips to work on myrear tire and I could not wait for one to arrive in the mail. Oh well.


Well, you got 'er done. :cheers:

I generally check Harbor Freight first these days. You could have had a nice 9 piece set for $12.99--see the link in my other post!

Not to get too political or anything, but Sears is having lots of trouble deciding if it is going to charge a premium and have the best warranty or just charge the high price and forget about customer service, IMHO of course. If the quality was better then it might be a different story, but I don't see that for this product.

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