Can the rear axle be reversed?

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by bguidry, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. bguidry

    bguidry New Member

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    Is it possible to reverse the rear axle on a Sportster? Mine in particularly is a 2006 XL1200R, but does anyone know if this will work in general? This will make life a lot easier when removing the wheel each time, as would not then require exhaust to be loosened/removed.
     
  2. shovelrider

    shovelrider Member

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    It is ok to reverse the rear axle but check the clearance between the nut & muffler after turning it around
     
  3. Chopper

    Chopper Senior Member

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    Most aftermarket shops reverse the axle to make it easy to pull the axle without taking the exhaust off. The factory installs the axle the way they do to allow a torque on the rear axle, the proper torque is important on the rear axle so make sure if you reverse it you can still get a torque wrench on the axle nut some how.
     
  4. bguidry

    bguidry New Member

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    Cool. Thanks, Chopper...two posts answered by yourself today. You are 'da Man!