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    Best way to get a freewheel off

    Whats the best way to get off a freewheel? I do have the freewheel removal tool but the darn thing just skips off.
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    This video has some good tips:


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    what kind of freehweel is it? the four-slot freewheels with the recessed slots are the easiest to bite into. is it a nutted axle or QR?

    for problematic FW's that won't crack loose:
    1. remove the drive-side axle nut or QR skewer.
    2. fit the FW tool on the FW.
    3. thread the axle nut on over the tool, or re-install the QR skewer. if the hole in the middle of the FW tool is bigger than the axle/QR nut, put a washer on there to keep it from falling off.
    4. tighten the axle nut/ QR just tight enough that it puts some pressure on the FW tool, just enough to keep it from sliding around, but not so much that it will keep it from unthreading.
    5. put the tool in a bench vice and TWIST. counter-clockwise. if it's stuck really hard, I find that shouting "strength of bear!" while twisting helps. you just need to get it to pop loose. once the initial bond has been broken, remove the QR/nut and thread the freewheel off the rest of the way.

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    Thanks for the tips. I managed to get it off by screwing theaxel nut over the tool. I some how managed to tweak the injury in my elbow. Oh whelked now I can clean up the hub and prep everything for winter.
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    the vice technique works, think leverage.

    without a vice, i followed a technique on this board from long ago. take a 4x4 post. place a large crescent wrench aligned with one side of the post. nail up some scrap pieces of wood on both sides of the wrench handle to hold the crescent wrench firmly in place. put the socket in the wrench and turn the wheel while standing on the 4x4 post. all that leverage works. if not, try some penetrating oil and repeat.

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    I don't have a vise. But I do have a Park bench mounted bike repair stand. I use it to hold a 1/2" drive 18" breaker bar with a 1 inch socket. With my Park FR-6 Freewheel removal tool secured with my hub nut, I use the leverage of the wheel to break the freewheel free. I'm sure this works similar to the vice method.
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    I've had good luck with using my skewer to hold the freewheel removal tool on the free wheel, then use a large adjustable wrench, with a 2 foot cheater bar (2 foot section of my pool pole) slipped on the handle. Works every time.

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    just get a 36er. Way easier to remove the FW
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    Best way to get a freewheel off...

    Start with a few drinks, gently kiss and caress the freewheel, then start slowly and rhythmically stroking it, gradually going faster, until...

    And remember, "no" means no.
    Mind your own religion.

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    Yes, he went there.
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    Here in Oakland just lock wheel to a pole.

    Everything but the wheel will be gone the next day. Oh, did you want to keep the freewheel-nevermind.

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    WI freewheel - simple removal

    Using a vice didn't work for me. I killed myself trying to get that to work.
    The only solution that worked for me is a 3 foot piece of plumbers pipe.
    Simply put the socket wrench on your freewheel tool, extend the handle length by sliding the pipe over the wrench handle it and it'll come off very little effort.

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    The key is breaking it loose, sometimes not so easy.

    Freewheel tool in vice or breaker bar usually works.
    Once I had to resort to a pneumatic impact wrench, extreme case but worked fine.
    (trashed cheapo freewheel on a nice hub, luckily the wheel/spokes didn't explode)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    ...if it's stuck really hard, I find that shouting "strength of bear!" while twisting helps.
    Man, where was this advice 5 days ago when I needed it? Next time I will be better prepared.

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