Removing the rear wheel without disassembling the bike


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Re: Removing the rear wheel without disassembling the bike

Post by offcenter » Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:26 pm



I am in the middle of trying this method right now, on my 98 SE.
Just like MRJAY62, my saddlebags are hitting the rear crash bars.
The bars have to come off. But the lower bolt for the bars
is buried behind the chrome plastic trim that is held on by
those damned adjustable passenger footboards.
Is there any way to get those lower crash bar bolts
out without removing the footboards?
I may drill a 3/4 inch hole through the chrome plastic
trim so I can access the bolts with a socket wrench
without disassembling all that stuff.
Down there, no one will notice it but me.


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Re: Removing the rear wheel without disassembling the bike

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:40 pm

offcenter wrote:I am in the middle of trying this method right now, on my 98 SE.
Just like MRJAY62, my saddlebags are hitting the rear crash bars.
The bars have to come off. But the lower bolt for the bars
is buried behind the chrome plastic trim that is held on by
those damned adjustable passenger footboards.
Is there any way to get those lower crash bar bolts
out without removing the footboards?
I may drill a 3/4 inch hole through the chrome plastic
trim so I can access the bolts with a socket wrench
without disassembling all that stuff.
Down there, no one will notice it but me.
Nope. I've just gotten very fast at removing the passenger footboards. Two screws, two bolts, and they're off. Maybe 5 minutes work.

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Re: Removing the rear wheel without disassembling the bike

Post by hondageorge » Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:07 pm

I agree. The rear adjustable floorboards are very easy to remove and hold out of the way so you can get at the crash bar bolts. 5 or 10 minutes tops. Mine took a pretty big allen wrench (which I had in my set) for the floorboard bolts.
Before you lift, double check your airline on the rear shock absorber. Mine stretched too much when lifted, so I let the shock air out and removed it rather then try to stretch it & possibly pull the end off...or worse. If you have any electrical powered accessories in your saddlebags or trunk, be sure you have sufficient slack to account for the lift....just sayin... take your time, use the checklist...this procedure works for a great deal of us.
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Re: Removing the rear wheel without disassembling the bike

Post by Purplehazed96 » Wed May 24, 2017 9:26 am

If you just separate left case from bike without removing completely,you'll have better access to remove caliper assembly.I helped my local mechanic with a home made table just about 12 inches off floor with a removable rear middle section to gain more clearance to lower wheel from bike.He also did the muffler loosening,etc.



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