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post #1 of 23 Old 03-09-2011, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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DL650 front wheel removal

Time for new tires and brake pads. I need to get the front wheel off the ground. I have a pit bull rear stand and a good floor jack.

The manual states on page 7-38 #5 to "place an accessory service stand or equivalent under the swing arm to help stabize the rear end", before #6 which is to jack up the bike under the motor.

Issue: My rear stand takes the rear wheel off the ground. I cannot imagine I should do that. It seems the weight needs to be on the rear wheel and side stand, correct?

Maybe the idea of the "service stand" is to keep the rear wheel from moving left or right while on the ground?

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post #2 of 23 Old 03-09-2011, 11:02 AM
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Lifting it up is easy. Keeping it from falling over is not so easy.

When I do my bikes I cross tie the guilty beast between 2 poles in my basement by the frame or handle bars. Then place a jack under the skid plate.
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That's it. If you have a stand supporting the rear under bobbins and jack up the motor, it will be solidly supported. It's easier with a center stand though. Putting some concrete blocks in the tail trunk while on a center stand will lift the front wheel nicely. Do whatever gets the job done safely. I put the bike on the center stand on the table lift, raise the lift, tie the handlebar to a garage rafter and lower the lift a little.

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Yes, I plan on strapping the bars to my garage ceiling beams.

GW, to be clear, you are saying to put the rear end up on spools using my pit bull, and then use a floor jack under the motor? It seems to me that the book is assuming the front tire removal would be done on the floor. Am I wrong on that?

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You have to get the front tire off the floor to remove it. Otherwise, the fender will be in the way even if the tire has the bike's weight taken off of it.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Yeah, I remember from last time that the front tire has to go up enough to move the wheel forward, but my main question remains. What is the benefit of putting the rear tire up 2-3" in the air on spools vs just jacking up the motor while the rear wheel is on the ground? Doesn't that shift wt forward onto the engine jack area, causing the front end to even have to go higher? My goal is to keep this baby as close to the ground as possible

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mhoffm,

I do mine with the rear tire on the ground. I am going to try the cinder block trick using my center stand next time and see if my front wheel comes off the floor enough...if not, then plywood under the center stand. I still plan on tying mine so it can not move sideways.

If there is a way to drop my bike on its side...I usually find it.
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What is the benefit of putting the rear tire up 2-3" in the air on spools vs just jacking up the motor while the rear wheel is on the ground? Doesn't that shift wt forward onto the engine jack area, causing the front end to even have to go higher? My goal is to keep this baby as close to the ground as possible
Do you have a center stand? If so, use it rather the spool stand. If not, you need to keep the bike upright and stable. The spool stand helps with that. Keeping the bike close to the ground doesn't do anything for you. The need is for stability. In fact, a higher bike is easier to work on. That's why I bought a table lift.

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I've done it two ways...

1) Bike on centerstand, floor jack under skidplate. That worked fairly well.
2) Bike on centerstand, ladder* / cross-beam stand over front of bike, with the front lifted off the ground using tie-down straps (home-brew winch). The tie-down straps were wraped around the frame.

Very similar to the method shown here, just that this shows lifting the rear of my wife's old Ninja 650R:



I only resorted to this when my wife's car wasn't around and I couldn't steal the jack from its trunk.

* - My ladder is beefy and was rated for the amount of weight I was putting on it.

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Update: At lunch, I put the bike on the rear pit bull stand and put straps to the ceiling. When I began to use the floor stand under the engine, the bike imediately began to rise off the rear spools! Not good.. So, I put the bike back on it's side stand, and slowly raised the front wheel using the floor jack and removed it. I had a feeling the wt would want to shift forward. For once I was right. Hope it holds still until I get home with my new tire. A center stand would make all this less dramatic.
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