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post #1 of 11 Old 08-20-2010, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All, I have needed to take out the front wheel (to paint the hub) and what a pig its been I have used a rear stand then chocked up under the engine as best I could but when I drifted out the wheel spindle the forks dropped a couple of inches ! how the hell am I going to get it back in on my own ?? has anyone got an easy way to remove and install the front wheel ??
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If I'm picturing this right (on my stupid Blackberry; can't see the picture), you didn't get the tire off the ground so that the forks were fully extended, so now there's no way to get the wheel back in. I won't suggest that you try to raise the bike further, 'cuz if you could, you would.
The simplest solution would be to enlist some help and lay the bike over, gently, on its left side so that you can slip the wheel and axle in and start over. You may have some drama if the fork tubes have rotated, but take it slow and don't get frustrated.

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post #3 of 11 Old 08-20-2010, 07:49 PM
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Lower the rear by removing the stand you're using for support. Need more? Let the air out of the rear tire. Use rachet strap over the seat to compress the rear shock some. Get a friend to lift the front by the fork ends and slip more stuff under the frame. You're a smart guy, think about it.



Heck, remove the rear stand and dig a hole

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The simplest solution would be to enlist some help and lay the bike over, gently, on its left side so that you can slip the wheel and axle in and start over. You may have some drama if the fork tubes have rotated, but take it slow and don't get frustrated.

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I'd go this route. You can't hurt the bike and it'll be a helluva a lot easier to get the wheel back on

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Also, take off your front caliper and just let it hang.. You'll just fight it when trying to put the wheel back on.. After you get the wheel on, slide the caliper over the disk and put your two bolts back in.

You can rock the bike to the left and toss another small block under the frame, and then rock it to the right and do the same to the other side, raising it until you have clearance.. As mentioned, take your time, and don't hurt yourself.. Compressing the rear end will help, as also mentioned.
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Be sure you get the worm gear properly aligned before installing the tire back on the bike. It is possible for an improperly aligned worm gear to keep the tire from going back on even with the caliper off.

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Did you get it done Klarke?

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Hi, Don Yes managed to get the wheel back in this eve, repainted the hub, cleaned up the spokes, rebuilt the caliper, fitted new fork gaitors. I took your advice and took out the rear stand, this dropped the back end down far enough
to get the wheel back in. then I drifted out the blocks of wood with a mallet
next time I need to take it out I'm going to take it to work and hook it up to our overhead crane wonder if there is a centre stand I can retro fit ?? think I saw one in a photo a few days ago , anyway thanks for your help I will post a photo soon.
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A lift jack might be a cheaper and safer way to go than a crane. I have two and paid under $70 for each. The first I got at Walmart for $62 and the second was from harbor freight for $58.

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A lift jack might be a cheaper and safer way to go than a crane. I have two and paid under $70 for each. The first I got at Walmart for $62 and the second was from harbor freight for $58.
+1. I have one of those hydraulic ATV/Motorcycle lifts that I bought on sale for around $80. It's probably my most used shop tool between the bikes and ATV's. I just try to make sure that I do heavy torquing operations (like loosening axle nuts and such) before I lift the bike. Or I guess I could tie the bike to the lift like the instructions say...
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