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    R1200R- Front Axle Tool, Help!

    I'm looking to buy the tool needed ( socket-nut thing) to remove the front axle off my R1200R. I've been looking with no success, and thought I'd ask the experts.....
    Where can I get this tool, and what is it called?

    Thanks in advance.


    Joe

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    Stuff2c
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    www.marcparnes.com

    has all kinds of cool stuff for the do it yourselfer

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    I bought this light tool to remove the front wheel:
    http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/...hex_axle_tool/

    The heavier weight/less expensive model:
    http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/...hex_axle_tool/
    Stephen Burns - 2007 R1200GS
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    Thanks for the fast replies.

    As I move forward doing my own maintenance, and try to not be dependent on $$$ dealer labor costs, I'm also looking to purchase a wheel balancer to use at home.
    Has anyone used this product?
    Any other suggestions?
    I don't have space for a big machine, nor do I have the budget for an expensive one. Is it possible to do this at home, on a budget?

    Thanks in advance.







    http://www.marcparnes.com/BMW_Motorc...ancer.htm#BG12

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    Stephen Burns - 2007 R1200GS
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiTown View Post
    I'm looking to buy the tool needed ( socket-nut thing) to remove the front axle off my R1200R. I've been looking with no success, and thought I'd ask the experts.....
    Where can I get this tool, and what is it called?

    Thanks in advance.


    Joe
    BMW has a 22mm hex piece of iron in their shop tools available. Also the Craftsman 13/16 sparkplug socket which has a 7/8 male hex on the end of it fits perfectly. You can put a 3/8 drive into it from the sparkplug side and insert the hex end in the axle. You may have one of these in your tool box.
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    All of the above is correct.

    The internal size of that axle hex is 22 mm, by the way - so any 22mm male hex you have the ability to turn will work.

    22mm = .866 inches and the 7/8 cjack references is .875 inch = close enough!
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    R1200 axle tool

    The '05 R1200GS came with an inexpensive combination axle/sparkplug tool. You could check with your dealer.

    I unfortunately have an '06. I bought a nut with a 22mm outside diameter and a matching bolt from a local industrial fastener supply store and used JB weld to permanently (so far) mate them. I carry a 22mm socket as part of my tool kit to use my homemade axle tool. Check here for additional ideas. http://www.r1200gs.info/misc/toolkit.html This guy used a similar approach but had access to welding equipment.
    Last edited by charleshickman; 10-06-2007 at 12:51 PM. Reason: spelling

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    I have Marc Parnes work of art, as well as the head of a 13/16" spark plug socket I cut off. There are lots of ways to make it work.

    I also have the Marc Parnes Balancer, which is top notch stuff.

    Jim

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    I found a bolt in my scrap with the correct head. My intention was to weld a nut on the other end. Then I misplaced the bolt. I will find it...before I need it.

    I think there may be a couple of lessons, here.

    Gary

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    I use the Marc Parner Wheel Balancing Rig -- works great!

    I also purchased Marc's sparkplug coil puller.

    And, I have the MotionPro axel tool -- which you can buy retail at most sportbike shops, like cyclegear.com

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    Here is where I bought one, which will take a 3/8" drive on the end for your torque wrench or breaker bar.

    http://www.komotodraggin.com/products.htm

    Fred
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    The old airhead/K-bike spark plug wrench works GREAT!!! We used this at the BMW shop I work at until we got the REAL BMW tool.

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    Try this. Buy 1 bolt and 2 22mm nuts screw the nuts onto the bolt and jamb them. The nuts will fit into the axle and you can use a socket on the bolt head to remove the axle. I spot welded the nuts to the bolt on mine but it will work without doing this. Cost about 68 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SUEME View Post
    Try this. Buy 1 bolt and 2 22mm nuts screw the nuts onto the bolt and jamb them. The nuts will fit into the axle and you can use a socket on the bolt head to remove the axle. I spot welded the nuts to the bolt on mine but it will work without doing this. Cost about 68 cents.
    Red Loctite is your friend in this application. The nuts won't move!!
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