I would like to remove the front wheel on my bike to get the tire replaced. I think I know what to do but just want to check with the experts. Tell me if I am missing any steps.
I have a 2000 Ultra.
Lift the front wheel at least 4 inches off the ground.
Remove the brakes
Deflate the tire
Remove the bolt on the end of the axle
Loosen the two nuts at the bottom of the right fork
Remove the axle and remove the tire.
hd107, it sounds like you are trying to save yourself some $$ by doing as much of the work as you can. If that's the case, you really should by yourself a service manual. It will pay for itself the first time you use it!
Actually it is not a question of saving $$. It is just that the shop cannot do it until August 6th, and I wanted to be on the road before then. They told me if I remove the wheel, they will find the time to put the tire on as soon as I bring it in. I usually have them do it but this is one of those exceptions. Any help would be appreciated.
It's easiest to remove the axle when the bike is lifted in such a way that the front wheel is just barely touching the ground.
Pull the calipers, pull the two bolts for the axle cap and pull the axle nut and axle. Now you can lift the bike more to take the wheel out of the fender.
The spacers are not the same, make sure they go in where they came from. Use same process to put axle back in after coating it with antiseize.
Tighten the axle nut. Put a drill bit into the hole on the other end of the axle and pull the right leg to the outside until it touches the drill bit and tighten the cap. Remove drill bit and install calipers.
Be real careful of not bumping the brake rotors during the trip to the tire shop, they bend by just looking at them hard. Do not touch the brake lever when the calipers are off.