Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
There should be almost no tension on the adjuster bolts. All they are for is lining up the axle before you tighten down the axle nut. You should be able to ride with the adjuster bolts removed, because the axle nut is doing its job.
Odds are, if the axle is crooked or the nut comes loose it will damage the adjusters/bolts. They are not supposed to bear any of the drive load. Use them to line up the marks, then hold your wheel forward against them while you tighten the axle nut. Once the nut is good and tight, barely snug your adjuster bolts so they aren't loose and then hold them in place and use a second wrench to tighten the lock nut on each bolt. 99% of the time they break is because of an error in setup.
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