Reverse Rear Axle
I know, sounds funny right..."what do ya mean reverse rear axle?"
There is also a little used technique outlined in the Service Manual which reverses the axle and axle nut.
○Insert the axle from the right side of the wheel, and tighten the axle nut.
•Install a new cotter pin.
When you insert the axle from the right side of the bike it makes lining up the caliper and rotor so much easier. It allows you to be able to hold the wheel and axle w/ caliper at the same time. Once the axle is almost completely thru the only other piece that has to be aligned is the adjuster on the left side. Re-install is a piece of cake and there are no problems with anything. I did notice when tightening the nut when it is on the left (chain) side, there is a slight movement of the axle to the rear as opposed the the front when the nut is on the right (caliper) side. Just my small observation.