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post #1 of 31 Old 04-28-2011, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Removal of front and rear wheels

I need to take off both wheels off my Wee as I'm taking them to a local shop to have new tires put on. Problem is I don't have a center stand or a skidplate on the bike. I do have a bike jack.

Can I remove both wheels by jacking up the bike and/or setting it down on blocks ( :bom_bucktoothor something like that?

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post #2 of 31 Old 04-28-2011, 07:31 PM
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A couple of ladders might work.
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A couple of ladders might work.


What if I just lay a square piece of plywood on the jack stand? Seems like that would be the same as if there were a skidplate on the bike.

Sorry if I sound clueless but I just got the bike a week ago and haven't really spent any time with it yet other than a quick 15-mile jaunt earlier in the week. I don't even know what the bottom of the bike looks like. I did get my new Shinko 705's the other day and I'm anxious to get them mounted.

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The bottom of the bike needs help. If you don't have a skid plate, it is not even approaching flat and the exhaust is the low point.

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I was afraid of that. I'll have to get under there and see what I can rig up. In addition to the bike jack I have a couple of jack stands. Maybe I can support the underside of the swingarm with the two jack stands and then figure out a way to support the fork.

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A couple of ladders might work.
You know, that's brilliant (provided your ladders are rated for the load, that is). Thanks for the tip!

The easy way, of course, is a pair of Vortex stands, but those aren't exactly inexpensive. I have a rear one that I use for chain lubes and adjustments, but I don't see the point of paying for a front one, since it's not suitable for checking steering head bearings (it lifts by the steering head). So, I use tie downs and a jack, but I've never tried to get both ends airborne at the same time ...
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You can get a pair of stands for under $100 on eBay.

Or you could do like some and lay the Strom down for wheel removal.


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My unsolicited advice would be to:
a) get a center stand
b) if you are going to the trouble of removing the wheels, just get some irons and spoon on the new rubber yourself.

Otherwise, Dan Vesel sells some kind of adaptor plate for use with a mc jack: My V-Strom Accessories and Motorcycle Memories

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My unsolicited advice would be to:
a) get a center stand
b) if you are going to the trouble of removing the wheels, just get some irons and spoon on the new rubber yourself.

Otherwise, Dan Vesel sells some kind of adaptor plate for use with a mc jack: My V-Strom Accessories and Motorcycle Memories
I have the same MC jack as shown in the picture in that link. I might be able to simulate something similar to that support rack to lift her up. I will eventually get a center stand.

This may very well be the last time I pay someone else to change tires for me. I hate relying on other people. And at $25 to mount each tire it's not getting any cheaper. At least with the Strom tires there are no tubes to deal with.

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Overhead rafters and tie-downs (tie-ups??)..........support in 4 places. I've done it numerous times in my mancave.

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