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Its great to have a sight again.  I've been missing ex500riders lots!!
Well I'm trying to put on new tires and wanted to take off the wheels.  Surprisingly the rear wheel was easy to take off, but I've had problems taking off the front.  The Clymers book says to remove the Axle nut on the side shown in the picture and remove the axle from the other side.  However I can't figure out how to do this.  When I try to loosen the nut, it loosens the nut on the other side and the axle just spins.  Do you have any recommendations how get this wheel off??? I have a pic attached where I turn and the axle just spins.
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loosen only the right side pinch bolt, and keep the left side tight. that will allow the axle to spin and keep the "nut" stationary.
 

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loosen only the right bolt, and keep the left side tight. that will allow the axle to spin and keep the "nut" stationary.
Yeah, I wouldn't think it should be that hard. . . When I tighten pinch bolt on the right side (the side thats not in the pic) and loosen the left pinch bolt. When I turn the bolt as shown in my pic the other bolt doesn't move, but it is being unscrewed because the axle is turning. This results in pressure on the fork causing it to spread out.
Thanks Slugger for the response.
 

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HUH?

the right side pinch bolt should be loose and the left side should be tight. the axle is removed from the right side.

are we on the same page here? i'm not so sure we are...
 

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What size are the pinch bolts? thats the ones I have a problem with. I've been meaning to change my front tire, but without knowing what size sockets I need to do it, I cant really do it.
 

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like, 5mm? you don't need a socket for any of this. an Allen Hex head wrench set should do most of the work on an EX. the only thing you're going to have trouble finding is the 12mm. that thing is friggin huge. I found mine at sears for 8 bucks.
 

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Its great to have a sight again. I've been missing ex500riders lots!!
Well I'm trying to put on new tires and wanted to take off the wheels. Surprisingly the rear wheel was easy to take off, but I've had problems taking off the front. The Clymers book says to remove the Axle nut on the side shown in the picture and remove the axle from the other side. However I can't figure out how to do this. When I try to loosen the nut, it loosens the nut on the other side and the axle just spins. Do you have any recommendations how get this wheel off??? I have a pic attached where I turn and the axle just spins.
Thanks!!
Having the same problem here! Is the "right" side, the one with the rotor or the one with the speedometer gear?
 
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On a gen2 (1994-2009) the rotor is on the RIGHT side of the wheel.

And remember, anytime someone talks about "right" or "left" on a vehicle, they're referring to as if you were actually sitting in/on the vehicle.

And the solution was already posted here. Loosen the right side axle retaining bolt (the smaller hex bolts on the bottom of the fork), keep the other bolt tight, then loosen the right axle nut.
 

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Pogo said:
On a gen2 (1994-2009) the rotor is on the RIGHT side of the wheel.

And remember, anytime someone talks about "right" or "left" on a vehicle, they're referring to as if you were actually sitting in/on the vehicle.

And the solution was already posted here. Loosen the right side axle retaining bolt (the smaller hex bolts on the bottom of the fork), keep the other bolt tight, then loosen the left axle nut.
1. Loosen right side retaining bolt.
2. Keep left side 12mm hex nut and retaining bolt tight.
3. Remove right side 12mm hex bolt.
 
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Yes, thanks. Edited.

Can also do it vice versa, which might be easier since you won't be turning the whole axle rod.
 

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Pogo said:
Yes, thanks. Edited.

Can also do it vice versa, which might be easier since you won't be turning the whole axle rod.
For the life of me I can not loosen the right side axle bolt. The thing is that this bike has been in an accident, and the axle rod might be slightly bent? All I am trying to do is separate the forks from the wheel. The forks and wheel are already removed from the top triple clamp. The bottom triple clamp is still in place.

I can loosen the left side hex nut no problem, but does that mean I will have to punch out the axle rod?
 
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Pogo said:
Yes, thanks. Edited.

Can also do it vice versa, which might be easier since you won't be turning the whole axle rod.
For the life of me I can not loosen the right side axle bolt. The thing is that this bike has been in an accident, and the axle rod might be slightly bent? All I am trying to do is separate the forks from the wheel. The forks and wheel are already removed from the top triple clamp. The bottom triple clamp is still in place.

I can loosen the left side hex nut no problem, but does that mean I will have to punch out the axle rod?
Ok reverse it then. Tighten up your right side pincher bolt. Loosen the LEFT pincher bolt instead and try to loosen the axle on the left side. The right side axle bolt turns the whole axle rod, while the left side turns what the rod slides into. If there's a problem with your axle or wheel bearings, then the left side should be easier to work with.

You can't punch it out. It's a two-piece unit. The right side is the whole rod that slides out.

By the way you never mentioned the year of the bike. If it's Gen1, the rotor is on the left side :)
 

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Pogo said:
You can't punch it out. It's a two-piece unit. The right side is the whole rod that slides out.

By the way you never mentioned the year of the bike. If it's Gen1, the rotor is on the left side :)
It is a GEN 2. I loosened the left side 12mm hex nut and the right side retaining bolt.

Then I proceded to punch out the axle rod. It came out after about 5min with a hammer :)

It turns out my axle is slightly bent which was causing the headache for me. I will need to get a new axle which should slide in much easier!
 

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really... make sure your forks are aligned correctly. that was my problem with the CBR and why it took a deadblow hammer to get it back in...
 
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SergeyZ said:
Pogo said:
You can't punch it out. It's a two-piece unit. The right side is the whole rod that slides out.

By the way you never mentioned the year of the bike. If it's Gen1, the rotor is on the left side :)
It is a GEN 2. I loosened the left side 12mm hex nut and the right side retaining bolt.

Then I proceded to punch out the axle rod. It came out after about 5min with a hammer :)

It turns out my axle is slightly bent which was causing the headache for me. I will need to get a new axle which should slide in much easier!
Yeah man, definitely make sure your forks are ok. Glad to hear you got it out.
 
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