What Kinda Bike Is That?
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Mount Desert Island, Maine
As one poster has already mentioned, keep the spacers in their original locations, but flip the axle to start in on the right side. This way you can hang a bunch of the stuff that is giving you trouble off of it, then push it the rest of the way through when you have everything lined up. The nut will now live on the left side of your bike.
Also, using a small wooden wedge, slid under the rear wheel, that will allow you to raise the tire and wheel to the proper height is a good second pair of hands.
Here's a pic of the axle.
Here is a pic of wooden wedges on a front tire. Do the same for the rear.
2007 DL-650 (I gave away in 2012 with 111,000 + miles)
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