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Will be needing to replace my front tires soon and was just wondering if its possible ro remove the front wheel without a front stand??

I only have a rear stand for my bike. I plan on removing the front wheel and taking it along with the new tire to get it mounted.

Also with balancing do I leave the disc brakes on or do I remove it???

Thanks again.
 

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It doesnt appear anyone answered your questions. :(

A front stand is the most secure way to remove the front tire, however you can also place a board/stiff foam under your exhaust and use a floor-jack to lift the front. Warning: Put bike on rear stand first.

Remove the rotors and spacers before taking the wheel to the shop for tire removal/replacement. Keep the spacer and rotor orientation (which side they go on) the same when you reinstall the assembly. The shop SHOULD be balancing the wheels for you (without the rotor/spacers), but ask to make sure. I have found some shops that state, 'it is not necessary for motorcycle wheels to be balanced since they are always angled by turning and soforth'. :eek:
 

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Can't help you with ideas of rigging the front stand. You can never go wrong with tools! Get a front stand and do it right, I mean, there only $150 (US) or something around there. And you could more than likely sell it if you don't need it later.

I don't take off the brake rotors when getting the tire changed. But do make sure you pull the spacers and keep track which side they came from. There's a good chance that one of those spacers will fall off during transporting or on the shop floor.
 

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Reason for removing rotors BEFORE taking wheel to shop - warpage is sometimes hard to see, but easy to tell once you start riding. Most shops will remove the rotors prior to working on a wheel, as they are much easier to work with. You never know what kind of tools/machinery a shop is going to be using, so it is safest to know the condition of your rotors and keep them at home. Im sure you dont want to to be spending $400/each on a new set of rotors, that is why I am explaining my initial post. Why take chances on an expensive part that takes 5 minutes to remove? ;)
 

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No one I know removes the rotors just to have a tire mounted. None of the dozens of folks at the track ever do that. So unless you are really worried about the skills of your tire changing person, I would not bother. If I were that worried, I would find someone else to change the tire.

You do want to remove the spacers, and the sprocket if it is the rear wheel. Those pieces can get lost, and are not used when balancing.

You can use an A-frame ladder and a heavy duty ratchet strap to elevate the front tire for removal. Use a rear stand first, of course.

You will need to remove the calipers, but not the front fender. Loosen the axle pinch bolts on the throttle side first, then undo the axle nut. After that, you can loosen the pinch bolts on the othe side and slide the axle out.

For replacement, put in the axle, tighten the clutch side pinch bolts, tighten the axle nut, then the thottle side pinch bolts. Make sure to torque the caliper mounting bolts and axle bolt.
 

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Zippy said:
You can use an A-frame ladder and a heavy duty ratchet strap to elevate the front tire for removal. Use a rear stand first, of course.
I was about to suggest similar method. Before I owned a front stand I hoisted the front end from the rafters in my garage.
 

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I'm with Zippy. I don't know anyone who pulls their rotors off when changing the front tire. Any reputable shop will be able to change it with the rotors on. Even homemade tire changers (TireQwik), don't require removal of the rotors. I've changed a lot of front tires on my 929, which has some of the biggest rotors of any bike, and have never had a problem.

For installation of the front wheel follow the manual instructions and you won't have a problem
 

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Great thanks for all the replies!! I will have to invest in a front stand, I hate having to leave my entire bike at a shop, never know what they gonna do or mess up. Gone through the headaches of having things screw up at dealers with my car before so NEVER again!

So guess there is a debate on whether you leave the rotors on or not but I'll be calling some shops today to find out exactly.

Thanks for the great info guys.
 

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So guess there is a debate on whether you leave the rotors on or not but I'll be calling some shops today to find out exactly.
No debate, just a difference in personal preference. Each person has different experiences and modifies the way they live accordingly. ;)
 

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If your tech bends the rotors make them buy NEW ONES. Leav them on, you want the WHOLE thing balaced.
 

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Temp front end stand in my garage consists of my canyon dancer bar harness and tie down straps hooked to the garage door opener mounting brackets which of course are mounted to studs, with many screws.
 

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How do you get the front wheel off - what is the sequence of events (i.e. do you loosen the right axle pinch bolts first, then undue the axle bolt?)
 

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First, loosen the pinch bolts on the side where the nut is.
Then loosen the nut.
Then loosen the pinch bolts on the other side.
Unbolt the brake calipers.
Slide the axle out.
 
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