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mikeyc Jan 20th 2018 01:02 PM

Ducati 848 evo front wheel install.
I have a 2013 Ducati 848 evo and I am trying to reinstall my front wheel as I replaced the front tire. For some reason the axle will not go all the way in. I have checked the forums and the axle alignment should be pretty straight forward but maybe I am just dumb. Anyone here familiar with this particular install? I have changed tires on my Yamahas and Suzukis' of the past and never had this many issues. It seems like it is binding on something. Anyway, if there is anyone local to Kent who could lend a hand that would be great and I will make it worth your time. So in recap, Ducati 848 front axle wont go in...Thanks in advance.

MikeMikeMike Jan 20th 2018 01:56 PM

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I'm just on the border of Kent/Seatac and I could give you a hand if necessary. I've done this a dozen or so times. My best guess is you haven't loosened the pinch bolts enough. They are easy to forget about and hard to see. Check those out. Hopefully image attaches properly, I'm talking about #3 and #5 in the diagram. There are 4 total, two on each side underneath the fork. Probably a 5mm hex head.

mikeyc Jan 20th 2018 02:05 PM

sweet ill try that today and let you know. Thanks a bunch

MarvTravis Jan 20th 2018 03:40 PM

On my ZX14, with the forks supported by a fork stand, it is sometimes difficult to get the axle to engage the threads within the far fork. Try reorienting the forks and tilting the wheel a bit to get everything aligned. It helps to have someone peer into the opening on the far fork to guide the realignment.

mikeyc Jan 20th 2018 04:24 PM

yeah, dont have a fork stand only a front wheel stand and I can get the axle into the forks its like the last 1/4 inch or so wont go in. The spacer on the brake side seems to come out of the tire as I tap the axle back in. Kinda lost on this one. I also loosened the pinch bolts so they are basically out and that got me within that 1/4 in. Any other ideas?

unicykle Jan 20th 2018 08:49 PM

If it jams, force it, if it breaks it needed replacement anyway.

MikeMikeMike Jan 20th 2018 09:37 PM

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Hmmm. Check to make sure you are putting the axle in from the correct side and everything is oriented properly. If you go on you can download the factory service manual which has detailed diagrams of everything. Looks like there are 3 different spacers.

Looking at the bike from the front:

Axle - Right Fork - Small Spacer - Wheel - Big Spacer - Left Fork - Small Spacer - Axle Nut

If you look at the diagram the spacers all have different part numbers, and their orientation is important.

MarvTravis Jan 20th 2018 09:46 PM

Perhaps I used the wrong term for what I use to support the forks. It's the type that cradles the bottoms of the forks.

Don't be tempted to tap the axle to get it to align and engage the threads; you're likely to damage the axle threads. Better to rotate the far fork a bit, and tilt the wheel a bit to get everything lined up. Once aligned, the axle will go in without force.

mikeyc Jan 21st 2018 12:59 PM

I got it. Just had to reset the bike so that it was a straight shot through the axle. The design on this bike is so dumb, but as soon as I saw my flaw it was a 2 min fix. Thanks for all the input. (outside of telling me to break it)

MikeMikeMike Jan 21st 2018 02:41 PM

Cool, yeah Ducati has their own way of doing things.

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