I ruined my bike the day I got my kit

Rnroutlaw

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Nov 15, 2008
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I am so dissapointed....I just got my motor kit and had my cruiser bicycle ready to except it...so I thought. As I was following the steps and getting ready to mount my sprocket I find that it won't fit over the coaster brake arm. So clever me decides to loosen the nut over the coaster brake arm so I can pull the arm off. In doing so I pulled the whole bolt contraption out and falling to the ground was bearings and maybe something else but I couldnt find anything. Now that I have put it back together the wheel doesn't spinn right. Should I take the wheel to a bike repair shop and maybe they can fix it or do I need to buy a brand new rear wheel? I am so pissed at myself!
 

1_2Mini

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Oct 2, 2008
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Hahaha I remember the first time I spilled wheel bearings all over the place. About 15 years ago I was restoring an old Mongoose BMX bike and the crank ball bearings went everywhere.
 

saetta

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Jul 29, 2008
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When you are past this problem you will be glad you chose a cruiser bicycle in my opinion. I adjusted the existing bends in my coaster brake arm to clear the sprocket while the arm was off. One more thing, You can replace your front fork with a suspension fork which also has a front brake on it. I did this and the added suspension and front brake are worth the miminal effort to do so.
 

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mabman

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Saetta. You would be well advised to trade in that alloy stem for a steel one to hold those ape hangers. A guy posted on here not long ago that had snapped one due to the extra leverage involved. It wasn't pretty.
 

Weedylot

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Jun 12, 2008
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When I dissembled my coaster I reached a point of "Oh shucks, where do all these bits and pieces go?" I wrestled with it for awhile like a Rubik's Cube until it went back together, nothing like the instructions I looked at LATER.
The instructions on the correct method seemed a little too complex anyway. My method involved holding the hub weirdly and "gluing" the pieces in there with griz. :D