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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-08-2015, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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I bought new tires and now need to take the wheels off of my XCT to take them to a shop to change the tires. The service manual describes the process but there are four questions I have.

1) It appears that a large Allen wrench is needed to remove the front axle. Does anyone know what size this Allen wrench is or have another way of removing the front axle?

2) The service manual has a section on front wheel removal but I did not see a section on front wheel installation. Am I just missing this? If so, can you tell me the section number for this?

3) The service manual says to remove either the left or right caliper from the front wheel before taking the wheel off. Why is this? Won't the wheel simply drop down out of both calipers when the axle is removed and then slide back up into both calipers during installation?

4) The service manual says that the rear axle tensioning/adjusting bolts do NOT need to be loosened to remove the axle. How can this be? Won't they be pulling tightly against the belt and under this force, can the axle be slid out?

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5/8" or 16mm. A while back, someone posted a cheap 5/8" hex item (I don't remember what it was) he got at a hardware store. Maybe you can do a search or someone will chime in and tell us what it was. It was so simple--just stick it in the axle and put a 5/8" wrench on it.

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I haven't pulled my XC tire yet, but what I've found works well is finding a bolt with the right size head (5/8 should be a 7/16 bolt) and either welding a nut on it or using 2 nuts and jamming them together, then put your wrench on the inside nut. As for the caliper, you'll probably have to remove one because the width of the rim and/or tire is wider than the distance between the calipers so it won't just drop out

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Some who don't want to splurge for a hex socket use a 16mm coupling nut. 5/8 if your local HD(the other HD Home Depot) hasn't caught up to metric.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=16mm+...GpcLiw&dpr=0.9

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Some who don't want to splurge for a hex socket use a 16mm coupling nut. 5/8 if your local HD(the other HD Home Depot) hasn't caught up to metric.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=16mm+...GpcLiw&dpr=0.9
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There is at least 2 sizes of axle bolts on the XC. I lent MAGS my 5/8" hex which fits my 13's axle and it was too big for his axle nut.
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depends on year, 13+ gets a 14mm, older gets a 16

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Thanks, folks. I just measured my axle and the Allen "hole" is a 16 mm or 5/8". I will look for a coupling nut.

Anyone have any thoughts on my questions #2 and #4?'

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I put a car tire on the back a couple of weeks ago, I didn't make a video because it would have been too long, but I am in the process of making one for the front tire so stay tuned for that.

The adjuster nuts on the back don't have to be loosened, it is probably better to leave them alone so the wheel stays aligned exactly as it is now when you put it back together.
There is enough play in the belt that the axle can be removed easily, then the wheel can move forward enough to remove the belt.
Once the axle is off I slid the brake caliper mount off so the tire can pass easily between it and the belt guard on the other side. No bolts to remove on the caliper, the bracket just slides off.

Personally I remove the two front calipers because I also like to clean and inspect them at the same time.
In my upcoming video I show you the coupler nut and the bolt with the two jam nuts that you can use if you can't find the proper hex head socket.
My 2014 XCT has a 14mm front axle which translates to 3/8" coupler, the earlier models uses a 16mm axle which is 5/8".

When you remove the wheels there will be spacers on the rim where the axles goes through, they are different sizes, make sure you remember which ones go where. On the front the long one goes on the left side.

Assembly is just as easy, the only thing you need to know are the torque values. Your service manual should have these.
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Thanks, folks. I just measured my axle and the Allen "hole" is a 16 mm or 5/8". I will look for a coupling nut.



Anyone have any thoughts on my questions #2 and #4?'



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service manual has specs for install, unbolt and remove axle, lift front end, wheel comes out, its easier if you pull calipers, 2 bolts, easy, install is opposite, no need to touch rear adjusters to remove axle or wheel, unbolt lower shock/link bolt, take out axle, lift, remove rear wheel.

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