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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-22-2011, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Front Rotor Removal?

I am trying to remove the front rotors for an upgrade. Ive already removed the 8 nuts holding the hub extension (and rotor) but nothing budges. Short of using a bigger hammer, are there any tricks? (I prefer using finesse over force) Any suggestion will be appreciated. Thanks, JayB

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There's no magic - you can try penetrating oil at the interface of the hub and rotor, but usually its brute strength that wins the battle. I put a 2x4 on the back side and "tap" it with a hand sledge, rotate and repeat. Eventually it will budge. Try turning the wheels all the way one direction or the other to give yourself better access to the area you're aiming at. Bob has a write-up for brake upgrades, but you'll notice he conveniently left off the step where the rotor comes off:

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A 3lb mini sledge works best. You need a little bit of "shock" to break the hold it has on the hub.

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