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So, was going to remove my front wheel to do a tire change.
I just assumed the correct 22mm drive would be in the underseat tool kit. You know, 18,000 Canadian dollar motorcycle.
No....no one has that size drive for sale where I live.
What a pain.
 

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Here's an old trick - find a nut that fits inside the hex hole (local engineering supplies or hardware shop), if its a reasonably wide nut you can have half of it in the hole and enough protruding to turn with a socket or spanner.
 

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Steve b, that tool in Canada from amazon is $45.00!!! That's right, shipping and handling. Found a 1/2 inch socket drive with 22mm end on amazon for $18.00. It might work once before self destruction.
The BMW part 363691 is $17 and change US....so here (a $70.00 ferry ride away) its probably $30, and u still need a 22mm socket if you want to torque to spec.
 

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Cheap solution

I had the same dilemma the other day. So I had a look around the garage and found one of these 22mm spark plug sockets. Modern vehicles do not use these spark plugs anymore and since it was a cheap socket, I cut the rear hex part of the socket with a hack saw (cheap Chinese "chrome vanadium" :wink2: ).

The result is that you have a 22mm hex that can still be attached to a 3/8 rachet/torque wrench to remove and install the axle.
 

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I had the same dilemma the other day. So I had a look around the garage and found one of these 22mm spark plug sockets. Modern vehicles do not use these spark plugs anymore and since it was a cheap socket, I cut the rear hex part of the socket with a hack saw (cheap Chinese "chrome vanadium" :wink2: ).

The result is that you have a 22mm hex that can still be attached to a 3/8 rachet/torque wrench to remove and install the axle.
This is what it looks like.
 

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Well I found a 22mm connector nut that is the same length as the BMW tool and was dirt cheap! Order or buy from a fastener supply store.
 

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I'll have to check the adapter I have from a previous bike and see if it fits... :)
 

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I'll have to check the adapter I have from a previous bike and see if it fits... :)
You don't actually need this tool for LC models, r0ckrat. The screw cap on the other side (12 mm hex drive) tightens the axle in place, then the clamp screws.
 
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I still find it useful to have a 22-mm something to turn the axle while I’m pulling it out. I don’t like tapping on it from the other end. With my luck, I’d wreck the threads.
 

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Had purchased mine for my F800r where you must have one, as the axle threads into the fork leg.
It is handy but not a must have on the R12R.
 

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I use a bolt and a couple nuts. Welded nuts to bolt or you can locktite them. Use a 22 mm socket and ratchet.
 
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