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Old 05-01-2013, 07:54 AM   #16
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Seems a common problem, correct fork install is the key. A mate builds forks for speedway bikes, he has 2 meter long vernier calipers, measures both forks at rest and marks.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:10 PM   #17
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This was a problem with early bikes. That black sticky coating was trouble. I removed it with sandpaper and grease thoroughly. I also fabricaled a cylinder that bolts in the axle and can be taped to drive the axle out.
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I started rubbing down the rough patch on the side where the bearing had bonded to the axle and it revealed pitting so I just polished the whole smaller diameter section and greased with Silkolene RG2. I will be checking it again before too long.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:21 PM   #18
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Seems a common problem, correct fork install is the key. A mate builds forks for speedway bikes, he has 2 meter long vernier calipers, measures both forks at rest and marks.
I will check again but I no longer think fork alignment to be the issue here. Everything was ok but one bearing surface was badly corroded and forming a bond with the axle. I now have SKF bearings and a polished/greased axle (and a puller installed)...
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:37 PM   #19
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The handle for the axle nut spanner makes a good drift for the front axle, without damaging the threads.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:09 PM   #20
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i pulled the axle on day one and greased it with a good waterproof grease. That said it has not been an issue since. If done when new dont think it will be an issue. Polishing the axles after the fact and then greasing it would also serve the same purpose.

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Old 05-01-2013, 11:52 PM   #21
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i pulled the axle on day one and greased it with a good waterproof grease. That said it has not been an issue since. If done when new dont think it will be an issue. Polishing the axles after the fact and then greasing it would also serve the same purpose.

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Unfortunately the first 20,000 miles were on the clock before I bought this bike and although I read up on the major things to look out for I missed this one.
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