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Tightening front axle on '13-'14

When installing the front axle and torqueing the axle nut on the opposite side, the axle rotates. If you temporarily tighten the pinch bolts, then the axle cannot be pulled into position. There are two notches in the end of the axle. Is there a tool that fits these notches to hold the axle in place while tightening the axle nut? Or some simpler way?

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I use a Masterlock padlock to hold the axle. When closed, the shackle fits perfectly into the notches in the axle. I used to use a screwdriver, but happened on the padlock trick one afternoon using the padlock on my toolbox.

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I use a Masterlock padlock to hold the axle. When closed, the shackle fits perfectly into the notches in the axle. I used to use a screwdriver, but happened on the padlock trick one afternoon using the padlock on my toolbox.
Not sure how the shackle would fit in the notches, but that would be a simple solution...picture?

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I can post up a pic tomorrow, but if you close the lock, hold the body and put the curved end of the shackle into the axle, as the curve widens the two arms will fit nicely into the grooves. It has to be the right sized lock.

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I just changed a front tire today on my 2015 DVT. I used the tool from motomfg. Pretty basic, Im sure you could get by with something else, but they do make a tool. Double check you get the right one if you order it. I think the 2014 is the same as a 2015 here, but Im not sure.

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Crummy cell pic, but there ya go. I used to have a tool that I made out of a piece of metal while fiddling around on the grinder, but it disappeared somewhere along the way. Then I just used a screwdriver for a while, until I noticed the lock on my toolbox. I've got some other Duc specific tools, but never could bring myself to spend any money on this one.
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Crummy cell pic, but there ya go. I used to have a tool that I made out of a piece of metal while fiddling around on the grinder, but it disappeared somewhere along the way. Then I just used a screwdriver for a while, until I noticed the lock on my toolbox. I've got some other Duc specific tools, but never could bring myself to spend any money on this one.
Aha, now I understand. Thanks for taking the time and effort to post the pic...worth a thousand words. I'll see if I can dig one up that fits.

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I just changed a front tire today on my 2015 DVT. I used the tool from motomfg. Pretty basic, Im sure you could get by with something else, but they do make a tool. Double check you get the right one if you order it. I think the 2014 is the same as a 2015 here, but Im not sure.

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I have this tool and it works great. Highly recommend it... especially over some of the mickey mouse suggestions in this thread.
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Ive always done up the axle bolt till it starts to turn the axle, i lightly tighten the pinch bolts, just enough to stop the axle from turning, then torque up the axle nut, i then loosen the the pinch bolts, bounce on the suspension, to make sure no twisting of the forks, then torque up the pinch bolts,
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