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14 MM allen/ hex

Has anyone managed to remove the transmission drain plug on a 2005 LT. It requires a 14 mm allen/hex. A straight one will not do as the stand gets in the way forcing you to approach it sideways. Has anyone tried a 14mm ball ended allen key?

There is no room incidentally for a socket.
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Re: 14 MM allen/ hex

Is it some part of the electric center stand that is the problem? I don't remember having this problem.
I know I had to remove the hanger for the exhaust cover though. Is that what is in the way?

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Re: 14 MM allen/ hex

I used a short piece of one cut off and inserted in a 14MM box end wrench, even better, a GearWrench so it ratchets.

You cannot cut the Allen wrench with a hacksaw though, need to use an abrasive cutoff wheel.

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Is it some part of the electric center stand that is the problem? I don't remember having this problem.
I know I had to remove the hanger for the exhaust cover though. Is that what is in the way?
Yes part of the electric centre stand is slightly in the way.
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I used a short piece of one cut off and inserted in a 14MM box end wrench, even better, a GearWrench so it ratchets.

You cannot cut the Allen wrench with a hacksaw though, need to use an abrasive cutoff wheel.
I will try that so when I get a chance
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As Dave said you can cut the hex with a cut off wheel.
Or if you buy a 14mm hex with a drive socket ( usually 1/2 inch at this size ) just support the socket and tap the hex out through the socket. Easy. Also gives you a longer hex to use the 14 mm wrench with.

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Re: 14 MM allen/ hex

yuup... I went to a local "industrial bearing supply" store. Paid $2 for the wrench.. and used my Dremel with cut-off wheel to slice it into chunks.

The length is about 1.5 to 1.75 inches.

Now the real tricky part.. how do you HOLD the new 14mm extension in the closed end of your combo wrench?








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yuup... I went to a local "industrial bearing supply" store. Paid $2 for the wrench.. and used my Dremel with cut-off wheel to slice it into chunks.

The length is about 1.5 to 1.75 inches.

Now the real tricky part.. how do you HOLD the new 14mm extension in the closed end of your combo wrench?

I use a piece of "duct tape" taped across the hole. Yeah.. fancy, huh?
Or get a cheap wrench and epoxy it into it.

Another possibility, since you are going to cut an allen wrench anyway, cut enough of the short end so that the wrench can be used by itself,

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yuup... I went to a local "industrial bearing supply" store. Paid $2 for the wrench.. and used my Dremel with cut-off wheel to slice it into chunks.

The length is about 1.5 to 1.75 inches.

Now the real tricky part.. how do you HOLD the new 14mm extension in the closed end of your combo wrench?








I use a piece of "duct tape" taped across the hole. Yeah.. fancy, huh?
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I used a short piece of one cut off and inserted in a 14MM box end wrench, even better, a GearWrench so it ratchets.

You cannot cut the Allen wrench with a hacksaw though, need to use an abrasive cutoff wheel.
an inexpensive option is to buy a 3/8" threaded rod coupling, measures just at 14mm and is just the right length. Use a combo wrench to break loose and spin it off by hand. Never had to pull the center stand motor, just the muffler support. They cost about 1.00 at the home depot or lowes, 3.00 at ace.

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Sorted. Put the shorter end of the 14mm Allen key onto the plug and then put some gun barrell pipe over the long end of the key to give it more leverage and hey presto, it worked.
Did'nt need the ball end at all.
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Re: 14 MM allen/ hex

Now that you're done be certain to put it in the "motorcycle special tools" drawer for next time. I have one dedicated tool cabinet drawer which is all motorcycle nuts, bolts, and specialty tools that I only use on the LT and RT.
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Re: 14 MM allen/ hex

Good idea.

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