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    How to remove caps & axle from Stout front hub

    I have a 2008 StumpJumper FSR Expert with stock wheels (DT 420SL). The front hub (black with 6 bolt disc brake mount) has Stout stamped on the center. I want to replace the bearings, but I can't figure out how to remove the side cones and axle. The cones do not have any flats for a wrench. Are they press fit? I can hold one cone and turn the other side, but nothing comes loose. Since the cones are tapered, there is nothing to hold on to. Any help would be appreciated. Pictures would be a blessing. Thanks.

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    On my stout hub, theres rubber dust boots covering the cones. Are you sure thats not what youre looking at? Assuming it is, you just pull them off to get to the cones.

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    I think you just pry off the dust caps with a thin flat head screw driver or mini pry bar to get at the bearings. Then you whack the axle end with a soft faced hammer or a regular hammer cushioned by a piece of wood and the whole thing pops out the other side. Use old bearings to tap in the new ones...just taaap it in...justt taaap it in...it wants to go to it's home...put the little bearings in their hoome. Tappi tappi tap tap

    Careful not to tap em in crooked though or you might damage the hub and they can't be un-phuked once ovalized.

    Stout 24 spoke right?

    Rear hubs, the process is go buy $250 worth of DT tools that nobody can explain how to use so go to their web site and conveniently DT has translated instructions directly from swiss into english without proof reading first.

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    The covers are aluminum. Here is a picture.
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    Those end caps are just held onto the shaft by o-rings. I have not tryed to get mine off yet, but I would start by holding the inner shaft with a snap ring pliers that get wider when you squeeze the handles. This should keep the shaft from moving, then hopefully you can just twist off one of the end caps with your fingers, if not cover the end cap with thick leather and use channel lock pliers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJDude

    Rear hubs, the process is go buy $250 worth of DT tools that nobody can explain how to use so go to their web site and conveniently DT has translated instructions directly from swiss into english without proof reading first.
    His rear hub doesn't need the special tools. And, if you know where to look you can get the 240 tool set for $120. Or just the drive ring tool, which is the only one that you can't jerry-rig a substitute for, for about $50.

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    Good job! Channel-locks were the ticket

    Good suggestion on using the channel-locks. That did the trick. They designed just enough of a shoulder on that end cap to get a decent grip. Good man. Thanks. Now to the LBS to see if they stock the bearing. If not, it's to the bearing house on Monday.

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