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Old 08-13-2011, 11:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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RK rear wheel removal

I've searched and cannot find a "how to" for removing the rear wheel/tire from a Road King (FLHPI). I've taken the front wheel off with no problems, but this will be a first for the rear. Can someone please give me a "cliff notes" version of what to do and look out for? TIA
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Safely jack up rear of bike.
Pull both mufflers.The ovals are fat and dont give room.
Remove safety clip and 36 mm nut.
Pull axle and watch for the dropping spacers and where they go before hand
Bring wheel up to remove belt
Pivot caliper up and remove caliper and safely let it hang.
clean axle and lube before re-installing.
Installing is reverse process,just make sure you get belt tension set properly.
Make sure when jacked up bike is secure. When removing the wheel the weight gets shifted.

Hate to say it, but a manual will help too..
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Easier than pulling the mufflers is to remove the lower shock bolts.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Easier than pulling the mufflers is to remove the lower shock bolts.


beat me too it...

May depend on exhaust model, but usually you can clear the pipes enough to get the axel out.

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That does work on some pipes,but i never had luck doing it with the ovals. they are a large body muffler and would interfere.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This is an old thread, but hopefully someone will take a look at it. I am about to do the same thing. I am about to pull my worn tire/wheel and have the new one put on. For the 2000 Road king classic, are there any differences in the process? Do I need to worry about wheel alignment. I don't think my shop manual mentions it but I just want to make sure I know everything that could go wrong before I get it off. (What to watch out for) I saw where some people made marks on the axle for alignment. Should I worry about that for my year road king?
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Its pretty straight forward as they have posted .
I have a 2000 RKC. Its no problem.
Just make sure of spacers . Adjust belt to proper tension.
And torque rear axle to spec.
Good luck.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:22 AM   #8 (permalink)
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This is an old thread, but hopefully someone will take a look at it. I am about to do the same thing. I am about to pull my worn tire/wheel and have the new one put on. For the 2000 Road king classic, are there any differences in the process? Do I need to worry about wheel alignment. I don't think my shop manual mentions it but I just want to make sure I know everything that could go wrong before I get it off. (What to watch out for) I saw where some people made marks on the axle for alignment. Should I worry about that for my year road king?
If you can take the wheel off and on without tweaking the adjusters, then the wheel alignment should be OK. Most likely you will want to adjust them for proper belt tension and alignment.

The way the manual describes alignment didn't work too well for me. I use long florescent light bulbs.

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