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post #1 of 21 Old 03-17-2006, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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My front tire is backwards!

In the Wiki "New owners checklist" they mention to check that the front tire is running in the direction of the arrow. Mine is backwards.

Anyone else notice this? Is it a problem?

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post #2 of 21 Old 03-17-2006, 05:37 PM
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It's a problem..
You COULD just turn the rim around and re-install the rim/tire in the right direction, but if you have some miles on that tire, there's a chance that switching direction could loosen some belts inside..

I'd take it back to the dealer and request a new tire, mounted correctly..

Chances are, it'd be fine, but there's no reason to take chances on a new bike, under warranty.. :shock:

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I only have about 350 miles on it. Hmm, I just got back from trying to find a freakin 19mm allen head socket to take the front wheel off but can't find it anywhere! Tried Lowes, Kragen Auto, Napa, Sears, and even the motorcycle shop!

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post #4 of 21 Old 03-17-2006, 06:26 PM
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Might try a bicycle shop....Seems that it's a common bicycle size.

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No need, I read an article that mentions that a spark plug socket may have a 19mm "head" on it, and luckily I have 3 or 4 of them and one of them has a 19mm head. So just turn it around and stick an extension in the other end (take out the rubber thing) and you're all set. Saves me $30 and the headache of trying to find one.

Looks like I'll be riding this weekend after all.

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Try these guys: http://www.mcmaster.com. I just ordered a 19mm Allen socket to torque the swingarm pivot. I don't remember how much it was but somewhere around $12 sounds right. I can't remember if the wheel cares which way it's mounted, or not.

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If there is an arrow, it makes a difference.

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Try these guys: http://www.mcmaster.com. I just ordered a 19mm Allen socket to torque the swingarm pivot. I don't remember how much it was but somewhere around $12 sounds right. I can't remember if cares the wheel which way it's mounted, or not.


The wheel might not but the tire does!

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post #9 of 21 Old 03-17-2006, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Yes both the wheel and the tire have an arrow pointing in the direction the wheel and tire should rotate. Luckily BOTH the wheel and tire were backwards so I don't have to take it somewhere to reverese the tire.

Well all done. Just need to look up the torque settings for the bolts. I was hoping this would be more of an "adventure" but it was pretty easy with no surprises. My surprise will probably be a desinegrated tire in a couple months.

I can see how the dealer would make this mistake: The rear tread is angled downward ("V" shape) in the direction of travel, so they figured the front should probably also be that way. But in reality the tread on the front is supposed to be angled outward like an upside down "V". Pretty dumb not to look for an arrow though.

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I only have about 350 miles on it. Hmm, I just got back from trying to find a freakin 19mm allen head socket to take the front wheel off but can't find it anywhere! Tried Lowes, Kragen Auto, Napa, Sears, and even the motorcycle shop!
Are the 1Ks 19mm? My Wee is a 12mm allen to remove the front wheel. A 12mm allen socket is a big enough pain to find.

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