I need new tires and will be removing the front and rear tire for the first time. I am hoping to have the rubber changed without having to sit around for hours and or leave the bike. I found a thread describing the procedure.
The below steps were copied from the tread. My question concerns the service manual. It describes greasing the quick release axle and bearing cover lightly with Shell Retinex Ep2. I'll get this stuff if you recomend it but what else can be used since I can't remeber seeing any Shell products anywhere. Also if you have any tips on removing the brake calibers or anything thats tricky related to this subject it would be greatly appreciated. Why can't I just leave the calipers on the front like the rear and remove the tire that way? It seems to be straightforward procedure. Thanks in advance
1. Put bike in first and roll forward.
2. Loosen rear wheel bolts.
3. Put bike on centerstand.
4. Remove rear wheel bolts and loosen muffler hanger bolt.
5. Drag wheel out, being careful and wiggling muffler to allow clearance.
6. Remove front fender, brake calipers, and loosen all front wheel bolts.
7. Turn handlebars to lock position and lock them.
8. Put my cheapy sears automotive floor jack under the fork end on the left side (in respect to sitting on seat - this is the low side) and jack it up until the front tire is off the ground.
9. Finish removing loosened hardware and then roll the tire out.
Then take them to be changed and install in reverse order. I've done it with this method probably 4 times, and it doesn't require removing ANY bodywork except for the front fender. Obviously, if you're going to do it this way, be smart and make sure it's on flat ground - don't let the dog or kids out near where they're gonna mess with it, etc. But mine has set on the centerstand and my regular automotive floor jack for several days before without any problem. I used to have a pic of it like this, but can't seem to find it now for some reason.
Last edited by jChevy04k1200rs; May 22nd, 2007 at 12:03 pm.
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