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I have a '97 TRX300. I'm in the process of trying to get to the drum brake, and the service manual says to remove the wheel hub.

I have removed the cotter pin, and I'm not sure what I'm supposed to remove next. There is a large nut, approx 1" that apparently needs to be removed from the end of the axel.

I don't have a socket that big, but I have tried using a pipe wrench, and a large cresent wrench, but can't get it to budge, even using a hammer.

The cresent wants to round the edges, and the pipe wrench is also damaging the nut.

Am I doing something wrong? Is there something else in addition to the cotter pin that I need to remove before I attempt to remove that nut?

I'm afraid to bang on the wrenches any more than I have for fear of destroying the nut. The only other thing I can think of is buying a socket big enough to fit the nut.

The problem is made worse by the fact that the sides of the nut are pretty narrow, probably less than 1/2 inch wide.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Greg
 

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Your going to need to get that socket dude!! then your home free
 

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Thanks. I found a tire-iron online at Harbour Freight that is 1" for $14. I'm going to run by there today and see if they have one at the store.

If that doesn't work, I guess I'm going to have to cut the nut off the axel with a dremmel tool. They only cost $4 to replace, so if I end up cutting it at least it won't be that expensive.
 

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Get it off?
 

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I did get it off, finally! That nut was on there crazy tight. WAY too tight. I just about destroyed the nut in the process.

I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a tool to remove it, since I rarely deal with large nuts like that. I couldn't find anything at Walmart that would do the job, so I went to Harbour Freight the next day and ended up buying a cheap set of large wrenches (Not metric, ugh!)

I had to pound on the nut using a 1 1/16" wrench and a 3 lb. hammer. It was a tough angle to swing the hammer under the plastic fender. I had to wrap a towel around the wrench where I was striking it with the hammer because it kept flying off, even though I was trying to hold it hard with the other hand.

I was having no luck, and was just about to give up and start cutting it with a dremmel tool, and it finally gave way!

Thanks for the suggestions.
 

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Nothing else damaged that I could tell. Just waiting for the brake shoes to arrive in the mail, then will see if I can put it back together!
 
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