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Old 02-19-20, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Kapurnicus View Post
I didnít see much difference between a cone wrench and a normal crecent. Is there a reason I canít use normal wrenches? I guess Iíll find out when the cassette removal tool comes. Iíll take a look at the front too. Iíll keep posting pics. This will hopefully be interesting for someone later to watch the whole process.
The reason cone wrenches work where normal open-end (or Crescent) wrenches won't is due to the wrench thickness. Normal open-end wrenches are too thick to get in to grab the cone flats with the nut in place. This becomes critical when you're trying to hold the cone while adjusting the nut.
One more tip is to use a stick magnet (like the telescoping ones) to grab the bearing balls out of the hub, once the cone is removed. Please keep posting pics. We love watching old, worn-out bikes slowly come back to life!
BTW mineral spirits is very different than mineral oil.
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