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Old 06-12-2013, 11:30 PM   #1
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Taking off front tire. Gen 3 ZX-10

As the title states I'm wanting to take off me front wheel but realizing I need a very large Allen wrench/socket. I can't find one anywhere in stores around me. Have checked 3 different auto parts stores and 3 hardware stores. Does anyone know a place in Houston where I can get a large(I believe 21mm) Allen wrench/socket?

I'm really hoping to get one before the weekend which is why I'm trying to pick one up at a store instead of online.

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13/16" Spark plug socket backwards on an extension.....you're welcome...
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Or hit up cycle gear.
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Plus, you can get a 1/2" to 3/8" adapter and torque it down to spec...
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This works too....made by MotionPro

http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/A.../p/36262_00000
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you could do that tool right there, but its expensive if you got the money go for it. What I did was swung by home depot, grabbed the bolt that would fit inside a (in this case) a 21mm socket. also got the nuts for it that also fit inside a 21mm socket right. tightend them up as much as i could, then i stuck it in the oven for a little while and then took it out immeidately and tightened them even more. and then i basically had a inverted socket. it was able to get my swing arm/engine bolt out... it could easily do a front axle bolt.

whatever its a little ghetto.. but its like a 2 dollar deal.
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This works too....made by MotionPro

http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/A.../p/36262_00000
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This nut axle tool will not fit all the way in due to short clearance on the inside of the fork. I have the same tool and had to cut out 17mm in order to get 22mm to fit right in. Not worth the hassle but if you have the tools to cut it then do it.
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Thanks a bunch guys!!! Those are all great ideas. I will be hitting cycle gear this afternoon to see what they have in stock. If no luck then will try the spark plug and/or nut ideas.
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13/16" Spark plug socket backwards on an extension.....you're welcome...
This works great! Done it a bunch of times!
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Thanks a bunch guys!!! Those are all great ideas. I will be hitting cycle gear this afternoon to see what they have in stock. If no luck then will try the spark plug and/or nut ideas.
Based on what Schmidie said, I'd avoid the motionpro axle tool...

Id do the spark plug route, that way you can torque your front axle to spec and not guess...
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Based on what Schmidie said, I'd avoid the motionpro axle tool...

Id do the spark plug route, that way you can torque your front axle to spec and not guess...
just gotta make sure the plug takes the extension from the wrong end.
A lot of them are round and wont let the ext. in
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just gotta make sure the plug takes the extension from the wrong end.
A lot of them are round and wont let the ext. in
So I'm finding this to be VERY true. I have checked multiple locations and multiple brands of 13/16 spark plug sockets and all would not receive an extension through the spark plug end.

So I tried the "ghetto" route but as the picture shows, that route is failing me.

Anyone know where I can get a spark plug socket that will work? Or has a 22mm Allen socket in stock?

I'm almost to the point of throwing my new tire around my neck and driving the bike to a shop
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So I'm finding this to be VERY true. I have checked multiple locations and multiple brands of 13/16 spark plug sockets and all would not receive an extension through the spark plug end.

So I tried the "ghetto" route but as the picture shows, that route is failing me.

Anyone know where I can get a spark plug socket that will work? Or has a 22mm Allen socket in stock?

I'm almost to the point of throwing my new tire around my neck and driving the bike to a shop
Ive done that too
Unless youre a real fattie it will rest on the tank and/or back seat
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Lol if your having trouble taking the wheel off have fun mounting the wheel lol. It's a pain in the the first few times assuming your doing it by hand.
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Just looked, I seem to have lost my front wheel chingalera too
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Never thought changing a tire could be such a pain.... specialty tools!
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Go to an auto part store and look for a deep socket that will do the "reverse socket" method. Make sure you measure it.
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Option B: go buy the motion pro nut axle @ CG then go to harbor freight and get you some griding tool kit for $25. U can always return the kit too... my 2c.
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Option B: go buy the motion pro nut axle @ CG then go to harbor freight and get you some griding tool kit for $25. U can always return the kit too... my 2c.
I went to the Cycle Gear on I-45(north side of city) this afternoon but they didn't have that in stock. Do other Cycle Gear shops carry that tool, or did you have to order it from them?
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