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I was riding my 2000 250 recon the other day and my riding partner says that my right rear wheel was wobbling... we took the wheel off and the axel nut was loose, but the cotter key was still in place. We took out the key and got about 3/4 turn on it and put the key back in. All tight now. What happened and does it need fixed ???? Thanks for any and all help..
 

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Axel nuts will work themselves loose over time. Take a permanent marker and draw a line on the nut and continue it on to the axle. You can then very easily look at the nut and see if it has rotated just by looking at the line.
 

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marker is a good Idea I use a paint pen. When we tourque bolts and nuts on the boom lifts we have to use a paint pen to mark it.
 

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Ok, good idea with the paint/marker, but what I don't understand is that the nut loosened but the cotter key was still in the hole, we had to remove the cotter key to tighten the nut! Isn't the axel one piece from hub to hub??
 

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can't explain it but they will get loose, i have to re tighten mine all the time don't worry about it it will be ok!
 

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Ok! Thanks for the replies! I'll accept the fact that $h*t happens. But my inquireing mind needs to know, just where did the "slop" come from? In order for the nut to be "loose" the axle had to lenghten or the housing had to shorten, and if the axle is solid 1 piece through to the other side how can it move towards one side??? My biuddy said both of his have lossened at the same time!!! This is quite a puzzle!!! I'll live with it, but [email protected] I sure would like to know what's up!!!
 

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It's one of those things... I can't explain it but it happens?!?!??!
 

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Gremlins secretly remove the cotter pin and back your nut off one turn and put it back....it's something you need to send into Myth Busters?
 

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LOL ^^^^^^
Look at all the crap they go through. If you look at the cotter pin there is a little play that allows the castle nut to back off some there fore making the hub loose. I will post a pic tomorrow what I use that put a stop to mine and it hasn't backed off yet.
 

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You could burn much more than skin if you don't know what you're doing...
 

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10 for making sure about stem fit and clamp bolt torque.

Not enough torque and not only does the headset come loose, but the carbon steerer tube wears from the movement. You have been warned
 

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That is how I hold mine on too. Racing desert, almost everything gets wire tied on.
 

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Stick with cotter pins/wire tie
 
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