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Hi all:

I have a 2004 Gemini 900 and although I believe I properly install the front wheel, I notice a very *very* small amount of play in the wheel when I lift it off the ground and push/pull it perpendicular to the direction of rotation. It's extremely minimal but I don't think it should be there, so my questions are these:

1) Does anyone else experience this?
2) Is it "normal"?
3) If you don't experience this, what is your procedure for mounting the front wheel?

FWIW, I do the following:

1) Insert wheel.
2) Insert axle all the way.
3) Tighten 2 fork mount screws on bottom of Breakout, only on the side from which the axle was inserted.
4) Insert and tighten axel nut.
5) Tighten other two fork mount screws.

Am I missing something? Thanks for any input...

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kayac said:
I would tighten first the axle bolt, then fork bolts. It could be that you shoud change the hub bearings...
Kayac -- I'll give that a shot, I think now you may be right. Back when I got the bike I could swear I remember reading instructions as per what I specified above, but I just tracked-down a PDF online that describes the process as you say. Thanks.
 

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raelx said:
Is this front or rear? You said thru 12 (rear) but keep talking about the fork (20mm).
raelx -- The front; on the 2004 Gemini 900 it's a 12mm, they've beefed them up since...

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Ok. The front is an ISO 20mm thru axle, there is no such thing as a 12mm front axle, only on the rear.

From Answers manual:

8. To install the hex axle, simply slip the axle into the drop out, small axle hex
side first into the large dropout hex. Thread in the set bolt into the small hex
side and snug slightly. Push the fork up and down a few times to center the
axle and hub and then tighten all pinch bolts to
40-60 in-lbs. (4.5 – 6.8 Nm).
 

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raelx said:
8. To install the hex axle, simply slip the axle into the drop out, small axle hex
side first into the large dropout hex. Thread in the set bolt into the small hex
side and snug slightly. Push the fork up and down a few times to center the
axle and hub and then tighten all pinch bolts to
40-60 in-lbs. (4.5 - 6.8 Nm).
This is more precise than the instructions I just found, thanks raelx I bet I'm good to go...

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same happens to me and its def a manufacturer defect put brand new enduro bearings in hub and it still has play. i even out a huge steel bolt on the side to tighten it. im not sure if its a sherman defect or a "thru 12" defct in the front hub. and yes although the hub says thru 12 on it its a 20 mm axle
 

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bElliott said:
and yes although the hub says thru 12 on it its a 20 mm axle
That makes sense because I knew it said thru-12 but in retrospect that axle is way bigger.
 
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