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It is necessary to change the rear wheel of your motorcycle from time to time. For example, it is necessary to remove and reinstall the rear wheel of your motorcycle whenever you replace the rear wheel or rear tire. Rear axle replacement, drive chain or drive shaft replacement, and rear sprocket replacement also require you to remove the rear wheel. Fortunately, you can change the rear wheel on your motorcycle using basic hand tools. Motorcycle dealerships, motorcycle repair shops, tire retailers, and online marketplaces like eBay sell motorcycle wheels. It is important to understand the safety precautions, tools, and steps required to change the rear wheel on your motorcycle.
Safety Equipment and Tools
In addition to making the repair safer, using the right safety equipment and tools makes it easier to change the rear wheel on your motorcycle. You may need additional tools to remove the rear wheel of your motorcycle and perform other maintenance or repairs, such as replacing a wheel bearing.
Change the Rear Wheel on Your Motorcycle
Changing the rear wheel on your motorcycle is relatively straightforward. Removing and reinstalling the rear wheel of your motorcycle only has a few steps. Take a few extra minutes to avoid future breakdowns and expensive repairs.
Raise the Rear Wheel
Use the centerstand, rear swingarm stand, motorcycle jack stand. or motorcycle lift to raise the rear wheel of the motorcycle off the ground. Prevent the front wheel from moving using a motorcycle wheel cho ck or similar object. Then raise the motorcycle on level ground to prevent it from falling over.
Remove the Axle
Nut and Axle
Identify the order of the hardware associated with the rear axle and swingarm. This includes washers, nuts, bushings, and collars. Later on, reinstall the hardware in the correct order. Use pliers to remove the retaining pin from the axle. Next, remove the axle nut from the axle using an axle nut socket and socket wrench. Hold the axle bolt head in place with a combination wrench to prevent the axle from spinning as you remove the axle nut. Use a dead blow hammer or rubber mallet to dislodge the axle by tapping it in gently.
Remove the Rear Brake Caliper
Take note of the rear brake caliper hardware so that you remember how to reassemble it when you reinstall the wheel. Remove the rear brake caliper hardware using a socket and socket wrench. Use a combination wrench if there is too little clearance between the brake caliper and the swingarm.
Remove the Rear Wheel
Remove the rear wheel from the swingarm assembly. If the motorcycle uses a chain drive, you may need to push the rear wheel towards the center of the motorcycle in order to remove the chain from the rear sprocket. Once the chain is free from the sprocket, remove the rear wheel.
Reinstall the Rear Wheel
Reinstall the rear wheel by assembling it in reverse order. Be sure to install the rear axle, swingarm, and brake caliper hardware in the correct order. Tighten each bolt according to the motorcycle manufacturer's specifications using a torque wrench and socket to avoid over-tightening the bolts, which can cause additional problems.
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