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Flipping the axle

Is it possible to flip the rear axle on a gen 4? I was messing with it today, and couldn't seem to get it. It looks like the axle could possibly be smaller on the left side. Just curious if anybody has done this, and is it possible?


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Engineers made all them one way , I would leave it alone ....

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I've always flipped mine so the nut is on the right side. I find it easier to get everything lined up when coming in from the left side. And the wheel doesn't step out when torquing the nut down - it just pushes against the alignment bolt and stays right where you set it.

This was a trick I picked up on the 6r forums from an old road racer. I've never had any ill effects from running it this way, my best guess would be that if the bearings ceased to the axle somehow, forward rotation on the wheel could potentially spin the axle and loosen the nut? The same scenario on the left side would just spin/tighten the nut and lock the wheel. But hey, I'm not an engineer so maybe there's some other reason they do this.


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I've always flipped mine so the nut is on the right side. I find it easier to get everything lined up when coming in from the left side. And the wheel doesn't step out when torquing the nut down - it just pushes against the alignment bolt and stays right where you set it.


I'm on a Gen 2, so not sure about a Gen 4, but I've always flip mine
as well, nut to right side on all my bikes (if it wasn't already).
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Yeah, that's the reason I want to flip. It slides through fine from the right, but not the left. So I wasn't sure anybody has any tricks for it.


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Try putting the bike on a rear stand, and putting a couple wood blocks under the tires so it only drops a tiny bit. This will help you get used to getting it through that side. You can also get it halfway through and let go of the wheel, the axle will support the weight of the wheel while you line up the caliper carrier.


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I use my left foot to hold it and left hand wiggle the tire and right hand sticking the axle in
Never issue takes 2 mins when you know what you're doing

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I use my left foot to hold it and left hand wiggle the tire and right hand sticking the axle in
Never issue takes 2 mins when you know what you're doing

It's not an issue going through the right side, it's an issue going through the left side. Which is why I asked the question.


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Try putting the bike on a rear stand, and putting a couple wood blocks under the tires so it only drops a tiny bit. This will help you get used to getting it through that side. You can also get it halfway through and let go of the wheel, the axle will support the weight of the wheel while you line up the caliper carrier.


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Yeah, that's what I was doing. For whatever reason through the left, it just won't go. So I didn't want to essentially force it of there was a difference in the axle.


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It's not an issue going through the right side, it's an issue going through the left side. Which is why I asked the question.


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Gen4 ?

My bike axle stock goes thru right side
What bike we talking about ?

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