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Long time lurker close to pulling the trigger on an LT finally(Giving up my Valk). I have it narrowed down to 2 potential candidates. One I'm leaning toward could use a new rear tire for the long ride home. I'd like to pull the rear wheel and take somewhere local to the bike and have it mounted.

1. Can I do it on the centerstand?
2. How difficult? Special tools required?

I plan to bring my tool bag with wrenches, sockets, allens, torx etc.

I searched around the site for a write-up, but couldn't locate anything.

I'm mechanically capable, just not familiar with the LT.

Thanks in advance
 

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Very easy procedure. Can use center stand to support bike. Make sure there is nothing heavy in the side bags and top case. Just need the sockets to remove bolts and reinstall. Not a bad idea to bring a torque wrench to get them torqued to spec.
 

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since you haven't filled out your profile, I'll just call you "old". Congrats on the decision to buy an LT. Good choice.

One of the reasons you probably don't find rear tire removal instructions except in the owners manual is that it is plumb stupid easy once you get to it...
1. Bike on centerstand
2. remove two screws that hold the plastic piece where the License plate mounts
3. remove lug nuts.
4. remove tire.
5. If all you have is the tool kit tire wrench, tighten the heck out of them when installing, or as those in the know would say, use a torque wrench

All tools required are in the OEM tool kit. (Hope the bike still has the tool kit.)
This is one of the easiest chores on a rather complex and tupperware covered bike. Hope you agree when you do it.;)
 

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"Loosen brake caliper if it gives you trouble, but not normally needed."

Why would you need to do this?
 

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lnowell said:
"Loosen brake caliper if it gives you trouble, but not normally needed."

Why would you need to do this?
You do not need to do this. You must torque wheel to proper spec. And do not forget to install the spacer between the rim and rotor. If you do not have the owners manual, Make another post requesting rear wheel torque procedure.
 

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"Loosen brake caliper if it gives you trouble, but not normally needed."

Why would you need to do this?
Because I'm ahhh,,, plumb stupid?? Sorry, got carried away. Last flat I changed was on a KLR, where the caliper is a take off or a wrestling match, take your pick.

Smitty, the operation is plumb stupid simple...you I don't know about! ;) But if you come to CCR this year, we can compare notes, and ask for public consensus from the other attendees! (Boy, that'd be dangerous.)
 

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Be sure to check the "tires" area under 'technical' then Hall of Wisdom then "brakes and tires". There are not a lot of choices for the LT and they may not be carried by a non-BMW dealer.
 

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Smitty - if you do find a local shop to dis-mount the old tire and mount the new, be sure they install the tire on the rim with the rotation arrow pointed correctly (tire's rotational direction arrow to be pointed forward when the arrow is located near the top of the standing rim). And if 'you' remove and reinstall the rim at the bike, the torque values for reinstallation are:

tighten all five studs finger tight first; then torque the four outer studs to a pre-load torque setting of 50Nm; then tighten center stud to 105Nm; then tighten the four outer studs to 105Nm, using crosswise pattern.

And recommended tire pressure is 48R. HTH
 

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No offense taken. All in fun fellas.
Honestly, it doesn't sound difficult. Once the deal is done I'll make arrangements ahead of time to have everything in place including the proper tire.
As I observed while following this forum, your all very knowedgeble and forthcoming with information.

Thanks
 

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how much is 105 nm in lbs?

If I was home I could tell you. My torque wrench has it written in lbs. on one side and Nm on the other. Check yours, it might be the same.
 

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how much is 105 nm in lbs?

If I was home I could tell you. My torque wrench has it written in lbs. on one side and Nm on the other. Check yours, it might be the same.
50 NM is 37 Pound/Foot
105 NM is 77 Pound/Foot
 

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Maybe one more caution; not sure what year your LT is but (if you have ABS) be careful of the ABS sprocket when re-installing the wheel on the bike. Make sure that the sprocket and gear are aligned properly before tightning the wheel bolts.
 

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Maybe one more caution; not sure what year your LT is but (if you have ABS) be careful of the ABS sprocket when re-installing the wheel on the bike. Make sure that the sprocket and gear are aligned properly before tightning the wheel bolts.
That is not an issue on the LT. The ABS ring is fastened to the hub of the rear drive, not the wheel. It does not move when you remove the wheel.
 

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Dave: Thanks for the clarification; can''t keep the front straight from the back
 

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Smitty,

All above information is right on the money. (The amount of information available here is incredible, isn't it!)

May I humbly add one item to your list??
When you put the tire on change the stinking OEM valve stem to something that won't fail for no apparent reason!!!!! DAMHIK
Very cheap insurance.

Good Luck
 

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Smitty,

When you put the tire on change the stinking OEM valve stem to something that won't fail for no apparent reason!!!!! DAMHIK
LOL, I had the same thing happen two weeks ago. Left the house, everything was fine...10 miles later, tire was flat with air leaking around the valve stem.
 
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