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BMW Front Axle Removal Tool by Marc Parnes
The BMW front axle removal tool packs a lot of utility into a small package. It's handy in the shop and an essential addition to your tool kit when traveling off the beaten path, where you need to be self-sufficient. This tool works with R1200, K1200 and F800 BMW models with the front axle that is removed using a 22-millimeter internal hex tool. In the shop, the 22-millimeter hex tool inserts into the axle and the other end can be turned using a 19-millimeter or ¾-inch wrench. For use on the road, a 6-inch breaker bar is included. But that's not all this tool can do. It also has a 3/8-inch square drive so it can be used with a T45 Torx socket to loosen the front axle pinch bolts and caliper bolts or with a T50 Torx socket to remove the rear wheel bolts. The 3/8-inch drive is intended for emergency use and does not have a spring-loaded retention ball. All this functionality is included in a tool that weighs less than 5 ounces, including the breaker bar, so you can easily add it to your tool kit.
It's easily carried on board weighing less than 5 ounces complete with breaker bar.
Using the Front Axle Removal Tool
When using the tool with the breaker bar please make sure the bar is fully through the tool so it can't slip out in use. In the shop you can use either a 19mm or ¾" socket. A 12 point socket will work but a 6 point will extend the tool's life. The 3/8" square drive is for emergency use and has been tested up to the torque needed to loosen properly torqued rear wheel bolts. Care should be exercised when using the 3/8" drive not to over torque it or it will shear off. The 3/8" drive is not equipped with a spring loaded socket retention ball like a regular ratchet has so please use it accordingly.
Recommended torques are:
* Front axle - 50 NM or 37 ft-lbs
* Front Caliper Bolts - 30 NM or 22 ft-lbs
* Rear Wheel Bolts - 60 NM or 44 ft-lbs