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post #1 of 53 Old 08-05-2012, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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2012 Front tire/wheel install help please

Hello all,

I removed the f & r tires/wheels from my 2012 650 DL and had a shop mount up a pair of new Pilot Road 3 tires.

Today, when installing the front tire/wheel and after torqueing it to 47 ft lbs, I notice that the left fork tube was sitting noticeably away from the L wheel spacer. I can hit the fork tube with the palm of my hand and snug it up to the spacer, but it wont stay that way. No mention of this is made in any instruction I have seen regarding wheel install.
Did I lose a washer or two from the wheel?
Thought it was just a shouldered spacer on each side. Didn't even look for a washer in there.
I have both spacers installed in their proper orientaion... seems they only go one way.

Appreciate any help...

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post #2 of 53 Old 08-05-2012, 02:50 PM
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There is supposed to be free space on the left side. That's why the left fork tube has a pinch bolt at the bottom. Once the axle is tightened, pump the front end a few times with the pinch bolt loose to let the left fork leg find its proper position. Then tighten the pinch bolt to keep it in place.

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Thanks..
Yeah I follow that Okay..
Don't remember there ever being a gap on my BMWs...
It's not like I do this very often though...

So THIS is normal then?





Thanks again

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Except for the grease, mine looks just like that. How did you get grease there?

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Good to hear.. reassuring

Grease was already there.
Bike has only 300 miles..

OEM grease?
or
does the dealer install the front wheel to a new bike and applied xtra ?

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There is no reason to have grease there. The nearest grease will be inside a wheel bearing behind a seal. If it was always there, the setup out of the crate was done wrong.

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Hmmmm..

I thought that the axle was supposed to be greased lightly.
Not the threaded end of course.

Must have been the dealer then.
I don't think it will hurt anything, do u?

Anyway, glad that the space between the fork and aluminum shouldered spacer is the same on yours.

If another gent or 2 chime in, saying that they have the gap as well, I'll quit worrying about it completely.

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I too have the gap. No grease though.
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I don't imagine the grease will cause any harm. It will attract dirt though.

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I for one would rather a little dirt then a bunch of corrosion,most all good shops will grease the axle before installing to allow for easier removal at a later date ...And a good note to remember is to NOT use a pressure washer in this area as they will blow water in past your bearing seals and cause premature bearing failure ...

Sometimes making a wrong turn just makes the ride that much better ,,, go an extra mile it`s not so crowded there!
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