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Old 08-18-2003, 02:56 PM
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'97 RM 250 rear axle

I don't believe it either but I can't pull the rear axle on my RM 250!
I'm the third owner and the guy I bought it from obviously never
changed the rear tire because of the extreme wear it shows so
there's no telling when it has been pulled last time. I checked the
Clymers manual to make sure I am doing it right but the axle only
moves about a half an inch and I don't want to damage it by
putting too much pressure on it. It is loose and I can turn it but it
refuses to come all the way out. - Any ideas???

Thanks guys!!
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Old 08-18-2003, 03:02 PM
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Default Re: '97 RM 250 rear axle

Only way I got the axle out when I was putting new axle bearing in was to bang REALLY hard with a rubber mallot.
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Old 08-18-2003, 03:08 PM
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Default Re: '97 RM 250 rear axle

same here, but i used a slightly harder steel hammer... just make sure it is moving when you hit it, if not then stop immediately and find out why.

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Old 11-03-2003, 01:05 PM
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Default Re: '97 RM 250 rear axle

How to remove a frozen Axle:
1) Take the fuel tank off and set it aside someplace safe so it will not leak when doing the next steps
2) Lay the bike over on its side
3) using a generous amount of WD-40, liquid wrench, or some type of penatrating fluid spray it so that it gets in the gap between the axle and sleeve
4) take a wrench and just tap the axle or swing arm, all you want to do is cause some vibration to help move the fluid all the way through
5) let it soak for about 15 min. at a time and then repeat this one or two more times
6) now the fun part! getting even. Take a socket that is smaller in dia. than the hole that the axle goes through using a long extention place the socket on it backwards so that you have a flat contact area for impacting the axle with DON'T DAMAGE THE THREADS!!!
7) start hitting the other end of the extention, smooth taps rather than hard blows will work best.

if this does not work try heating the axle or just take it to your local Suzuki dealer
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Old 11-03-2003, 01:16 PM
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Default Re: '97 RM 250 rear axle

Rusty axle bolts can be a PITA (pain in the butt), but with time you should be able to get it out. I would also check the front axle bolt along with the swingarm bolt. You think a rear rusty axle bolt is bad, wait till you try to remove a non-lubricated swingarm bolt. Also go buy yourself a tub of Bel-Ray waterproof grease.

Also while your at it, I would check the stem bearings for grease.

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