THere must be an easier way to put the rear wheel back on! - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 17 Old 11-28-2012, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
bigboy292000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: TX
Posts: 658
Question THere must be an easier way to put the rear wheel back on!



I really dislike the whole thing:
  • There is the rear brake caliper that needs to be lined up to the brake disc, which slides around (floats)
  • There is a spacer on both sides of the wheel that falls out easily as you are trying to lift the wheel into the position; if it touches the swingarm just so, on the floor it goes!
  • There is the whole sprocket assembly that wants to fall off the wheel or gets out of alignment as the chain gets put on it and you move the wheel around
  • There is a rear fender that basically sits right where I'd want to have my face to be able to lift the wheel upwards, while watching for all of the above, from the rear of the bike
  • Finally, there is a rear axle, covered with grease, making my hands greasy in the process which then translates into grease on the brake disc

And oh yeah - all of this is with my bike jacked up pretty high (so the wheel fits in), being tied down to the jack of course, but still giving me that ever so wobbly feeling as I am lifting and pushing trying to get it all to line up just right.

I probably forgot some part of this enjoyable experience that is also annoying LOL. Sigh.

Anyone have tips on how to make this easier?

09 WABS w. some farkles & teeth
[URL="http://www.stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=35638&page=3"]Strom Squadron Member #5[/URL]
bigboy292000 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 Old 11-28-2012, 10:13 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
NWArkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Bentonville, AR
Posts: 200
The whole process seems to go a lot more smoothly if the axle is installed from the right side of the bike.
NWArkie is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 11-28-2012, 10:22 AM
Moderator++
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 31,576
Garage
Take the rear bolt out of the rear caliper and rotate it up and out of the way. The ABS sensor should have come off to avoid damage when taking the wheel off. If not, take it off before re-installing. Make sure the caliper bracket slot fits on the tab in the swingarm. Use a piece of wood to raise the wheel up behind the swingarm. Hold the spacers in and roll the wheel forward until you can get the chain on. Align the axle holes in the wheel and swingarm. A tapered shim on the wood support is great for this. Put the axle in from the right. there is more stuff on that side and it's easier to get all of it supported early. Once the axle is in, push the caliper against the flat springs in the caliper holder to seat it and rotate it back down. Replace the caliper bolts and ABS sensor. Apply anti seize compound to the axle threads to prevent galling. If you use a torque wrench, set it to 58lb-ft to make up for the lubricity of the anti seize.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. 2012 DL650A is just getting started.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014+ DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012+ DL650s
See http://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at http://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #4 of 17 Old 11-28-2012, 11:14 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
bwringer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Indy
Posts: 2,387
I feel your pain, plus my Vee has the added washer on the left side (part of a kit that supposedly fixes a minor misalignment). I've glued the washer to the spacer several times, but the furshlugginger thing just loves to drop out at the worst times. After years of riding shafties (easy five-minute two-handed process to remove/replace the rear wheel) going back to a chain drive bike was aggravating.

Anyway, using some sort of wedge to lift the wheel gradually and controllably really helps -- I've got some small rubber wheel chocks that work well for this, and I've also used a 1" X 4" piece of wood to lever the tire up.

Or, get a riding buddy to help. Might cost you a beer.

2002 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom, Dark Metallic Space Blue
1983 Suzuki GS850G, Cosmic Blue
2005 KLR685, Aztec Red - Turd II.2, the ReReTurdening
bwringer is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 11-28-2012, 11:23 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Noblehops's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Posts: 175
Quote:
Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
Take the rear bolt out of the rear caliper and rotate it up and out of the way. The ABS sensor should have come off to avoid damage when taking the wheel off. If not, take it off before re-installing. Make sure the caliper bracket slot fits on the tab in the swingarm. Use a piece of wood to raise the wheel up behind the swingarm. Hold the spacers in and roll the wheel forward until you can get the chain on. Align the axle holes in the wheel and swingarm. A tapered shim on the wood support is great for this. Put the axle in from the right. there is more stuff on that side and it's easier to get all of it supported early. Once the axle is in, push the caliper against the flat springs in the caliper holder to seat it and rotate it back down. Replace the caliper bolts and ABS sensor. Apply anti seize compound to the axle threads to prevent galling. If you use a torque wrench, set it to 58lb-ft to make up for the lubricity of the anti seize.
Very helpful, thanks!

N.
Noblehops is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 11-28-2012, 12:11 PM
brg
Stromthusiast!
 
brg's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: East Texas
Posts: 55
As an aside, I nearly pushed my wee off the center stand last time I replaced a rear wheel. It rocked forward as I was pushing the wheel with one hand and holding the axle with the other. It nearly crossed the break over point where I would have had a bad day.


Sent from my iPhone using Motorcycle.com Free App
brg is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 11-28-2012, 12:24 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Seattle
Posts: 1,935
Once you do it a few times, it becomes easier....


but yeah, there are a whole lot of things that have to line up just right.
Rashnak is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 11-28-2012, 12:50 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
V-Strom Ry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Hamilton, ON, Canada
Posts: 1,424
Pretty much the same deal as every other chain drive bike I've owned. The ones with a drum brake were a little easier, since it usually stayed put pretty good and didn't need to be lined up with anything as you installed the wheel. For endurance racing wheel changes this is why some manufacturers developed single-sided swingarms (Honda, Ducati, etc), but a single-sided swingarm tends to add weight and cost compared to a standard swingarm of the same rigidity, and for most bikes tire changes are something that happens at most once or twice a year.
V-Strom Ry is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 11-28-2012, 01:24 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
JRWalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Whitehall, OH. USA
Posts: 969
Garage
hand winch

Quote:
Originally Posted by bigboy292000 View Post
Anyone have tips on how to make this easier?
1200LB DOUBLE HOOK COME-ALONG CABLE WINCH PULLER on eBay! lift bike with hand winch. works ok for me.

Last edited by JRWalker; 11-28-2012 at 01:26 PM.
JRWalker is offline  
post #10 of 17 Old 11-28-2012, 01:53 PM
$tromtrooper
 
hunt1moore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Monroe, NC
Posts: 1,494
At first I wanted to say "y'all are kidding, right"? Then I remembered that I have loads of experience removing and re-installing the rear wheel, so I may be a little hasty in my thoughts.
It's is all about preparing for the install before executing.

2012 DL1000 Adventure (Tinkerbell)
PC-V, TRE, CR8EIX , ECM, K&N, RDL, PR4, PC-8, EB H4, WERKS, Madstad 22", 17/43 gearing, AdventureTech: Fork brace, shelf, mirror extenders, SpeedoDRD, wheel spacer, Head's-Up voltage monitor, Goldwing pegs, Sonic 1.1. Wolo Bad Boy.
hunt1moore is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Tags
rear axle , rear wheel

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome