oediehl wrote:I got to the point where I removed the retaining nuts/washers from the two cotters (as the British manual calls them), but I can't get them to budge. My understanding is that I'm supposed to drive them up and out of the swingarm so that I can then remove the spindle, but I gave some pretty good whacks with a hefty plastic mallet (as best I could in the limited space), and nary a budge they gave.
Firstly, when removing cotters, leave the nuts on
to begin with, just unscrew them by a turn or two so they are level with the end of the cotter as not only does the nut provide a bigger surface area to hit against, but also helps to prevent the threaded end of the cotter from being distorted as you will probably need to use a hammer rather than a plastic mallet to shock them loose. If the nuts are damaged during the removal process they can easily be replaced.