Slider cap fasteners

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by gator508, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. gator508

    gator508 Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys,

    Here I am trying to get the front wheel off the bike and I don't seem to have the correct size of allen wrench to loosen the slider caps. I've got a bundle of allen wrenches but evidently not the correct one. Called the local HD and they seemed to be too busy, I do understand they are sales driven....anyway, Does anyone know what size allen fitting fits or where I can look it up.

    I should have done this weeks ago but still had usable thread left on the tire, so I waited until almost the last minute, now I'm trying to get the bike ready for our trip...does it sounds like I'm begging..you bet. Thanks!
     
  2. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    They are metric. I don't know what size.
     
  3. gator508

    gator508 Well-Known Member

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    Hey Breeze3at,

    Got a callback last evening from HD..you are correct, they are metric 4mm, just my luck, now I have to go to Sears and get a set.

    Thanks for the input.:D
     
  4. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    If you are talking about those axle caps. If you get them off, be sure to use some anti-seize on the allen screws when reinstalling. They are no fun to drill out just to get the axle out!
     
  5. gator508

    gator508 Well-Known Member

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    Hey Bodeen,

    Thanks for the tip, I will do that!

    Just got the wheel off, on my way to HD to have new tire mounted. BTW, the allen fitting ended up being a 5mm not 4mm, which I will have to inform HD of that.
     
  6. gator508

    gator508 Well-Known Member

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    Update:

    Just finished installing the front wheel, encountered 0 problems, did not take it out for a test ride yet...it's raining and may do that for several days, it looks like there is going to be a tropical system heading this way..oh well!