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Old 08-29-2007, 06:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Tips for replacing a rear tire FLHT

Just found a piece of metal in the rear of my 05 FLHT. Bike has 11,000 miles on it and the dealer replaced it once already at the 5000 mile service.
I'm going to remove it myself and have it replaced. (sidewall damage).
Can anyone give me some advice on any tricks involved?
Did a search and found something about removing the rear shocks and not the mufflers... Only other thing I found was it's a 36 mm nut.
I've worked on semi's for over a decade and just bought a yellow sears lift this spring..Haven't done much wrenching on bike though.
Thanks for the advice..
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You still gotta pull the muffs off to get the axle out.
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Might want to do a search on this but somewhere around here I read that If you support the bike on the bike lift (under the engine frame), you can take the lower shock bolts out and raise the bike with the lift and the swing arm would come down low enough to remove the axle nut and shaft.

Not sure about it because I've not tried this but I will on my next rear tire on my FLH's.
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If you remove the 4 bolts that hold the mufflers to the bag supports they will move enough so that you don't have to remove them. Mark the adjuster so you can put it back in the same position. loosen the axle nut, tap out the axle, lower the wheel / tire out of the brake caliber, remove the belt and slide the wheel and tire out to one side.

Going back together lube the axle with anti- seize and be sure to put the spacers back on.
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On streetglide (shorter shocks), I got away with just loosening the left exhaust at the y and removing the 2 screws at the support and rotate it down.
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Put the axle in the reverse way, and it will come out easier next time.
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If you are taking the wheel to a shop to have the tire replaced, go ahead and take the weights off before you get there. Out of the last 5 times I let another shop do a wheel for me (too busy or out on the road) 4 times they failed to remove all the old weights prior to balancing because they were still there after I got the wheel back.

It amazes me how some of the mechanics manage to put on their work boots sometimes.
Heck if they are going to charge the full hour price then they at least should use to full hour to make sure they did it right.
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Good time to check your brake pads.
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Old 08-31-2007, 09:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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do not reverse axle

If a wheel bearing locks up and turns the axle it will tighten the nut until the wheel locks up.
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If a wheel bearing locks up, you're in deep do-do regardless of which side the axle is put in from.
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What's the big deal about pulling one muffler? One clamp bolt, two small supporting bolts and it just wiggles right off. Remove the left one, pull the axle and out it all comes. Just be sure to jack it up a ways so it will clear the fender. I think the last time I did me it took at least ten minutes to have it off, and that's not an exageration.
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If a wheel bearing locks up and turns the axle it will tighten the nut until the wheel locks up.
You can wire the nut, it is done all of the time.
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I would pick up a service manual. If you wrench, you won't stop with the rear tire. You can do most anything with the manual, and you'll have all the important torque specs. That + this site, you got it made!
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I would pick up a service manual. If you wrench, you won't stop with the rear tire. You can do most anything with the manual, and you'll have all the important torque specs. That + this site, you got it made!
Got the manual.... Pulled the tire off last night and called the dealer to ask if they wanted the belt pulley and rotor removed. They didn't... About 150 for a tire to mount and balance. Think I'll put brakes on and do the 10,000 mile service too.

What's up with the oil running out the air supply fitting,on the shock, if they are laid down or turned upside down????

For what it's worth, I pulled the shocks and the mufflers.
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Tire should always be balanced with running equipment on them.

If you let the shock oil leak out, you've ruined the shocks unless you get the proper amount back in them.
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