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post #1 of 11 Old Nov 30th, 2006, 4:22 am Thread Starter
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Wheel removal advice

This will be my first time removing my wheels to have tires changed. Any advice would be appreciated. Can I leave it on the center stand and use a floor jack to balance the bike ? 05 KLT

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post #2 of 11 Old Nov 30th, 2006, 5:34 am
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Glad you asked!

First, get a BFH (basic five-pound hammer =). You will use this for striking the motorcycle (or vise) to relieve your frustrations.... oh, wait... sorry, I thought I was on the Harley board for a minute there...

Ignore that first comment..

I put my '05 on the HCS then put some weight in the topcase to help balance...

Next, put a 1x4 under the bike against underside of engine and gently jack until the REAR wheel touches the ground with enough pressure to "stablize" the bike.

Commence front wheel procedures.

Remove jack, 1x4 and weight you put in the topcase.

Commence rear wheel procedures.

After all is back together and properly secured, don't forget you MUST "scrub" your new tires in CAREFULLY.

good luck.... if all else fails, remember my first comment... =)

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Pretty straight-forward...yes, use a small jack, or a block of wood, blah blah blah. One one word of real advise: remember to tape your wheels to prevent the calipers from scratching them. I use Gaff tape. Masking tape works too. Duct tape leaves behind the wonderful goo.

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I found that if you take the brake pads out of the front calipers it makes the removal much easier. You remove two retaining clips, and the two pins and slide the pads right out.
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I use Gaff tape.
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Where do you buy gaffer tape? I have looked at all the usual suspects and can find duct tape in every possible description and color, but no gaffer tape.

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Where do you buy gaffer tape? I have looked at all the usual suspects and can find duct tape in every possible description and color, but no gaffer tape.
I buy it on eBay. Three rolls at a time. It's not cheap. But I don't leave home without it.
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Gaff vs Duct tape???

Dude, grab some masking tape and tape a rag round the rim - done

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Thanks for all the tips, expecting a foot of snow tomorrow so I am going to yank them off.

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I just changed the tires on the 05'. I just put a floor jack under the center stand skid plate and raise it just enough to raise the front a few inches off the ground. The front calipers won't touch the rims if you rock them (after the bolts are out) to compress the pads. Just grab them with your hands and gently rotate them to the inside of the wheel then to the outside then they just slide off right past the rims with plenty of space. Put a rag on the brake handle to remind yourself or anybody else to keep from touching it or put a wedge in between the pads. Done this four times now and not one scratch on the rim.

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One more tip, remove the rear first, then you can raise the front high enough to get the front tire out without removing the fender.
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