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Old Mar 27th 2015, 01:32 PM   #1
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Drilling front axle nut for safety wire

Haven't found a drill guide that could accept a nut as large as necessary, and no one seems to be producing an axle nut that is already drilled.

Aside from just freehanding it, anybody have better leads/ ideas for me?

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Old Mar 27th 2015, 01:41 PM   #2
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Could you show on a picture what you exactly want?
Is the problem the drilling of the nut? Normally you do such thing on a milling machine using an indexing chuck.
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Old Mar 27th 2015, 02:06 PM   #3
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Sure... Would look something like this
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Old Mar 27th 2015, 03:04 PM   #4
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ahhh... thanks. You want to drill this hole into the front axle nut on the left side I guess. Material is not a problem. But the hex slope makes it impossible without a boring jig. I would do this hole with a 1.5mm mill on an indexing chuck.

But as far as I coud see, there is no need to drill/mill it like that on the pani, except for aesthetical reasons. The wholes could be radial to the centre, the axle isn't that long. I will try to do this next week.
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Old Mar 27th 2015, 03:08 PM   #5
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True... Radial would be substantially simpler
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Old Mar 27th 2015, 07:34 PM   #6
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Never had to safety wire font axel nuts . Is that a requirement in your rules ?
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Old Mar 27th 2015, 08:32 PM   #7
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No rules per se.. I don't race, just do a lot of track days, so prep my bike as if I were racing for my own benefit as well as the other folks on track . I don't want to be "that guy". Safety wire is an easy way to conduct a quick visual inspection of my own. Where I can't do that, then bolts are marked with torque seal. I'm a pilot, so come by my OCD by way of training.

I've found that many fasteners tend to back themselves out on this bike compared to my previous S1000RR (which was likewise prepped)

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Never had to safety wire font axel nuts . Is that a requirement in your rules ?
Was a requirement (front/rear axle nuts) when I was racing. That kind of drill out is pretty easy - especially with AL. Don't need a jig to do it. Just patience and a little practice.
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Originally Posted by bjorgens View Post
Sure... Would look something like this
Now that is pretty.
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As promised I tried to drill the front nut, in my case it's a 3rd party Titanium nut, not the OEM original. I think it's not a good idea to drill tangentally, there is not enough material. I decided to drill radial, using an old Reglus boring jig.
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