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While reading the threads about sprocket options and selections, I had a thought. Is there any compelling reason as to WHY the rear axle nut must go on the RIGHT HAND side of the bike?

When I recently changed my rear sprocket, I was unsure whether the chain would be long enough to accommodate a larger sprocket, so I only installed 3 bolts - and would install the remaining three if it worked - but I was thinking that IF the axle-nut was on the LEFT hand side, I could withdraw it partially, remove (or replace) the sprocket and then slide the axle back in without having to remove the entire wheel.



So...can it be done? Can the axle-nut go on the right side instead of the left? I can't see any reason why not!
 

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It makes a difference on the front axle. The nut will loosen. Don't know about the back.
 

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It makes a difference on the front axle. The nut will loosen. Don't know about the back.


Whaaat?????




The axles don't turn. They are just big f##### bolts holding everything in line & together. How can the direction of the head/nut make any difference front or rear???????
 

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Whaaat?????




The axles don't turn. They are just big f##### bolts holding everything in line & together. How can the direction of the head/nut make any difference front or rear???????


Beats me, but it does.
 

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I thought about the "loosening" aspect...my 1969 VW Beetle had a left-hand thread on the left-front wheel bearing. But nowadays, even RV's have standard threads on ALL wheels, they simply add a castellated nut and cotter pin to keep the forward motion of the wheel from loosening the bearing nut.

I have been thinking about changing out the OEM jam nut on the rear axle, for a castellated nut and cotter pin. The axle shaft is already drilled...and if I mount it "backwards" (with the nut on the LEFT side instead of the RIGHT), I'll be able to do what I suggested above.
 

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If you have access to a drill press the holes can be easily added to the axle to switch to a castle nut.



Buy the nut, measure how far from the end the holes need to be & if ya don't have a drill press, take the axle to a local machine shop & have them drill the two holes. Gotta be less than a $20 bill to do that at any shop.



 
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