OK, if anyone was wondering "should I use locktite on my front axle" the answer is NO. And if you are wondering "should I use red locktite on my front axle" the answer is FREAKING HECK NO!.
I went to remove the front wheel of this 2010 Patrol and it seemed MUCH more difficult to remove than I saw on the videos. To make a long story short, I used PB Blaster thinking this might be rust... and after bending/breaking several bars and tools I pulled out a VERY LARGE pipe wrench, inserted a large bolt through the axle hole and decided the two of us were either going to break the axle free or rip the front forks off. I kid you not, we were able to lift the front of the bike with it. Changed position, the two of us managed to compress the front springs almost 2" still no go. Changing to a push down position we finally broke the thing loose and unscrewed it. After some cleaning and close inspection I found the unmistakable ring of red locktite around the threads. I thought SURELY NOT... so I cleaned it again and then gave it to my Son without prompting he looked at it and said "Red Locktite, why would anyone do that?"
So... NO LOCKTITE of ANY kind on the front axle please, I might want to buy your used rig one day and I just don't need that kind of work.
2008 - Tourist - "Ursula" / 30mpg / 32k as of 9/2017
2010 - Patrol - "The Rattler" / 32 mpg / 53k as of 9/2017
K28 tires on both rigs, pusher gets about 6000 miles give or take.
3/8" toe in and 2.5 degree lean
- Give a bat a home!