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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2009, 10:07 pm Thread Starter
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Front Wheel Removal

I am attempting for the first time to remove the front wheel on my 2007 K1200 GT. What I am unsure about is how to elevate the bike to remove the front wheel. I don't see any safe place underneath to jack bike up. Do I need a front wheel lift that is mentioned in the manual?
Any advice is appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2009, 11:10 pm
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It's really not that much weight to put the wheel in the air. Use a piece of wood to distribute the load. Personally, I use a Bulldog lift, but if out in the sticks, wouldn't hesitate to use the former.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 2009, 12:17 am
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To support the front end for tire changes, I got a spare screw (scissors) jack from an auto wrecker and I use that along with a block of wood under the engine. You don't need to lift it very far, just get the front tire 1/2" or so off the ground.

Or you could go with this option.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 2009, 9:36 am
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To add my 2 cents.

I lift the front by applying pressure downward on the rear. Either a helper or a ratchet tiedown. Once the front is off the ground the quick axle pull and wheel removal. I have at the ready two jack stands on either side. I then slip in a piece of rebar (protective coated) which extends far enough to be supported by the jack stands. Release tension on the rear and let it again press on the front.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 2009, 9:48 am
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Front wheel stand

I made a wooden stand. It looks like something Fred Flintstone made... but it works!
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