R6 front axle question

Discussion in 'Tech' started by Jerry999999999, Mar 2, 2021.

  1. I have a 2006 R6. I bought an extra set of rims thinking surely they will fit, wrong! The axle bolt is ah hair too big for the new rims. So my thinking is, all I need to do is find the axle bolt that fits the new wheel and I'll just swap the bolt when I swap wheels.

    So my first question is, will that work or am I an idiot? My second question is, if that will work does anyone know the year model they changed the size of the axle?
     
  2. forgot to mention the rear fits fine, the front is what I'm having problems with.
     
  3. TurboBlew

    TurboBlew Registers Abusers

    youre doing something wrong... rotors are thinner on 06-07 so youll need to seat calipers
     
  4. gonriding

    gonriding Member

    I’m not familiar with the r6, but I bet if everything but the axle works, the right size bearings could be found.
     
  5. Gecko

    Gecko Well-Known Member

    This. --^
     
  6. Bruce

    Bruce Tuck & Roll

    I'm confused by this. The R6 front axle bolt screws into the internal threads of the axle shaft. What exactly is too big?
     
  7. pscook

    pscook Well-Known Member

    My understanding is that the bearings in the "new" wheel (year/gen unknown) are too small ID for the 2006 axle.

    Methinks that a swap to 2006 wheel bearings and spacer will quickly yield satisfactory results.
     
  8. Bruce

    Bruce Tuck & Roll

    So the axle is too big. Now that makes sense.
     
  9. Gecko

    Gecko Well-Known Member

    pscook is saying that it's likely someone installed the wrong (or perhaps a non-oem) bearings (or dust/dirt cover) in the "used" front rim. 2006-2016 should all be the same thing (IIRC).

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  10. stangmx13

    stangmx13 Well-Known Member

    We need a pic of what doesn't fit
     
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  11. Kurlon

    Kurlon Well-Known Member

    I believe that range goes back to 2nd gen, 03 to 16 should al bee the same, other than differences in rotor thickness/OD but the actual rotor mounts are the same. I don't know if 1st gen (02 and earlier, 3 spoke instead of 5 spoke) swap over or not.
     
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  12. Gecko

    Gecko Well-Known Member

    Josh, you're correct. I limited my response to 2006 because of OP's bike. I still use 2 sets of rims from my 2003 for rains and inters on my 2008 (just swapped in the '08 rotors). If I remember correctly, the 2002 and earlier (three spoke) do not swap.
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  13. Sorry I've been out of pocket a few days. To add a little more clarification to this, the axle fits the wheel bearings, however the axle is too big for the internal spacer thingy inside the rim. "Internal spacer thingy" is the best description I can come up with on that thing. The aluminum tube thing inside the front rim. I'm not sure the year model of the rim, but its a newer OEM rim.
     
  14. Kurlon

    Kurlon Well-Known Member

    So, the bearing spacer inside the wheel is a smaller ID than the bearings?!
     
  15. Bearing spacer sounds a lot more correct than what I called it lol. Yes the axle is just a bit too big for it. Fits the bears fine, but not the spacer. Thats why I was curious if the new model wheels were different.
     
  16. Kurlon

    Kurlon Well-Known Member

    Something doesn't add up, if the bearing spacer is a smaller ID than the bearings... how would any axle work in that setup? Something fucky in wheel-ville.
     
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  17. pscook

    pscook Well-Known Member

    Maybe the previous bike had captive spacers with a smaller axle? Might not be "R6" configuration, it might be from a custom application.
     
  18. That’s why I came to the experts for answers. I can’t understand why this is a problem. Anyone want to buy a front R6 rim.
     
  19. TurboBlew

    TurboBlew Registers Abusers

    pop a bearing out and get rid of the sleeve.
     
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  20. stangmx13

    stangmx13 Well-Known Member

    Are you sure the sleeve isn't jammed off-center?
     

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