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 Post subject: Skewer switch ......
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:39 am 
Dirt Disciple

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I figure a lot of you already know this, but I thought I'd post it here just in case it comes in handy for a few .....

Somehow ended up with 3 rear m900 skewers and one front for my two wheelsets. Decided to cheat a little and make a front from the rear.

A lot of shimano skewers are basically the same, save for the grade of materials and the ends.

I had this orphan LX front sitting in the parts so it is going to donate the shaft. I believe you should be able to unscrew this type lever, but it requires heating first due to loctite. I didn't feel like messing with the torch so I just cut the lever off with a rotary tool :?
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The 900 skewer and others including the same generation XT's have a tiney clip that retains the lever .....
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Since the LX lever was fastened on the outside, instead of with a clip, the head was a little wider. I ran it up the grinder a few secs and made it just narrow enough to get the clip on .....
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Replace the opposite end and now I've got my cheater front ......... Not original spec, but it'll get the job done.
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 Post subject: Re: Skewer switch ......
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:00 pm 
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Why not just cut the shaft down from the threaded end and tap a new thread onto it?


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 Post subject: Re: Skewer switch ......
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:49 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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I did consider that first but .......

Fine threaded dies in that size are not a common and never included in a standard kit. I'd have to go to a specialty shop to find it.
Also, the skewers are necked down slightly before the threads start.
Lastly, I'm not sure how you'd be able to clamp onto such a small shaft tightly enough to be able to cut threads (without damaging the shaft).

Besides ..... the LX skewer was just gathering dust and it took me 5 minutes.


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