Front Wheel Removal

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Front Wheel Removal

Postby timeveritt » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:58 pm

I know this is going to sound very silly to anyone who's done it - but what's the best way of lifting the front forks/wheel off the ground sufficiently to remove the wheel? It's a 350 Lightweight.

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Re: Front Wheel Removal

Postby dave16mct » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:12 pm

No, not silly at all. It's something we all have to do. I use a scissor jack under the front of the engine on a bit of wood. Use a small pad on top of the jack to stop it slipping and protect the frame. Obviously be very careful. Best to tie a rope from the handlebars to a beam to make sure it doesn't end up on top of you!
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Re: Front Wheel Removal

Postby Mick D » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:46 pm

Hi

Whilst Dave's advice is spot on and what I would do, (because I have all the equipment), I have a suspicion that once the front wheel is released the bike will rock back onto the rear wheel naturally, so maybe just place a block under the front of the engine to stop it falling forward if you forget and lean on the handlebars etc..

Edit - This may be misleading, last time I did this the fuel tank was off - sorry.

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Re: Front Wheel Removal

Postby Janet » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:27 pm

It depends where I am. At home, I put my bike on its centre stand on a paving slab or wooden blocks so it has more 'rock'. Then I either load up the back rack to weight the rear end down or I get an axle stand from the woman cave and put it under the front frame so, if it does tip forward it doesn't go far. Don't forget to remove the brake cable before taking out the wheel. You'll find it much easier.

If I'm not going anywhere and the wheel is only out for a short while, I hang the back wheel over the ramp that goes down from my garage, this not needing the slab under the stand. Roadside wheel removal needs a kerb for this purpose.

I'm guessing you haven't needed to take out the back wheel yet? Now that is a joy to do. :twisted:
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Re: Front Wheel Removal

Postby Rob Harknett » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:49 pm

I would do the same as Janet. Have something handy to hole the back down or prop up the front. If on the road, park on the pavement, about 12" from the kerb. With the bike on the stand spin it round so the front wheel hangs over the kerb. If a mate wont help, get him to sit on the bike and hold the back down, he may then get fed up and offer to help.

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Re: Front Wheel Removal

Postby alanengineer » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:03 am

The kerb, no special tools required

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Re: Front Wheel Removal

Postby timeveritt » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:41 pm

Thanks all, but, ahem, I forgot to mention that the back wheel is already off (definitely a two person job - tried doing it on my own and am just recovering from a seriously bad back some two weeks later). I think I'll try weighting down the back - perhaps, on balance, I won't ask my dearly beloved to sit at one end of the seesaw....

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Re: Front Wheel Removal

Postby Janet » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:05 pm

timeveritt wrote:Thanks all, but, ahem, I forgot to mention that the back wheel is already off (definitely a two person job - tried doing it on my own and am just recovering from a seriously bad back some two weeks later).
I do it on my own. Well, me and a lot of blocks to stand it on.
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Re: Front Wheel Removal

Postby Ozmadman » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:25 pm

The rear wheel can be done reasonably easily by one person, the manual explains how but basically you can get it out by leaning the bike over to the left and taking it out from the RH side. Think I have that round the right way. Long time since I have done it.
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Re: Front Wheel Removal

Postby 56G80S » Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:56 pm

The QD rear wheel has sometimes foxed (steady) me.

Getting the pins into the back of the brake plate was a trial BUT now I put the spindle through without the spacer, wiggle the pins in, withdraw spindle to point where I can slide the spacer in without the pins coming out of the back of the brake and there you go.

Of course, the relevance of this to me is lost in the mists of time, the 1966 14CSR was such a long time ago.

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