, those are good questions, so...........come on down...........for your answers.
The special tool that is needed to remove the front axle on the front wheel is nothing more than a 12mm allen wrench
, or 12mm hex head tool.
Almost anyone that has a small toolbox for working on 99% of these metric bikes, has a small set of the usual suspects of Allen wrenches inside their toolbox, i.e., the ubiquitous 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, and maybe even a 10mm allen wrench. What is less usual is the smaller ones, like a 4mm, or even a 3mm, and the larger ones like a 12mm, 13mm, 14mm 15mm and the 17mm.
Okay, down to the brass tacks..........what you all need in this case is the 12mm Allen wrench
Solution, go to your local ACE hardware, or Home Depot, or Lowes, or even a NAPA...whichever decent hardware/tool shop is close to you, and ask for a singular 12mm Allen wrench
, usually you will find this as a Allen socket wrench, that is fitted onto a 3/8" square drive socket, so you can use a 3/8" socket wrench to spin this 12mm allen wrench
If the retailer does not have a 12mm allen head socket to sell you, see if they have a 12mm allen wrench, which is nothing more than a larger sized L shaped wrench, like all those loose allen wrenches in your tool box, but it will be the largest one in your tool box from now one.
As for the SLIME
versus Ride On
issue.......as I have stated in a different thread, if the tires on the motorcycle are TUBELESS, then use Ride On
inside the tires, as it is both a Sealant and a Balancer. But if the tires on your bike require a TUBE, like on all out Van Van's, then use SLIME
, as SLIME
is much more of a Sealant, than it is a Balancer.
will have some properties to assist a bit in Balancing a tire/tube combination, but its' primary purpose is to SEAL the tire/tube in the case of a small hole leak.
I happen to have a 1 gallon dispenser of SLIME
in my shop, with a hose on it, and a hand pump, so I know how many "pumps" it takes for each ounce of SLIME
to be dispelled from the container.
is more of a "preventive" measure, to assist you "IF" you get a small hole poked into your tire/tube.
But Ride On
(a very good product) is more of an essential tool, used more for higher speed street tires, and inside TUBELESS tires, to serve as both a Sealant and a Balancer of the tubeless tire.
When I rode up towards TUK (Tuktoyaktuk) in the Northwest Territories last year, on my '17 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT, those tubeless tires had Ride On