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Old Yesterday, 03:18 PM   #1
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Help with 2006 KTM front wheel.

Easy one here. Have had this KTM apart for awhile now, and when reassembling the front wheel, something seems off. Am I missing a spacer? I can't seem to get rid of this gap between the wheel and fork. I may have lost a spacer. Let me know what you think.

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Old Yesterday, 03:47 PM   #2
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There is a procedure to fit wheel correctly .Second pic tighten caliper side pinch bolts . Tgen push forks up and down a few times to align axle the tighten other pinch bolts and axle nut
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Old Yesterday, 03:53 PM   #3
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One side floats on the axle until the pinch bolts are tightened. The other side is pulled against the fork leg/clamp by the axle bolt.

It's normal as long as you've already torqued the axle nut and didn't first tighten the axle clamps. .
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On almost all KTMs, the axle will be just about in the right spot if the axle is slightly recessed into the end of the fork leg by just a smidge. But to get everything lined up properly:
  1. Insert the axle as far as you can by hand;
  2. Put the nut on and tighten to spec if you can (unlikely, because the axle will spin);
  3. If the axle spins before fully torqued, tighten the pinch bolts on the brake side of the bike only;
  4. Now tighten the nut;
  5. Tighten the pinch bolts on the clutch side of the bike to spec;
  6. Loosen the pinch bolts on the brake side;
  7. Sit on the bike, grab the front brake, and compress the forks down as much as you can a few times;
  8. Get off the bike and tighten the pinch bolts on the brake side.
The bouncing up and down on the forks with the brake side loose like that allows the forks to find their own sweet spot and will keep them from binding, which can happen if you don't do this. Don't worry about additional space between the spacer and the fork leg on the brake side.
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