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post #1 of 5 Old 05-24-2011, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Tell me what's wrong with my plan to remove both wheels

I have a SWM centerstand. I've read a bunch of threads about suspending from ladders and rafters; no such luck here.

I'm thinking:

Put bike on centerstand
remove ABS sensor, brake calipers, pinch nuts, axle

Once I remove the axle from the front wheel, with less weight up front, the bike should pivot backwards.

If it needs help, I can have a helper push down on the rear rack to get enough weight off the front end to pull the wheel out from under the fender.

If the bike still wants to tip forward, place a sturdy stool under the front fork. (tell me the centerstand won't fold up when I do this...)

What happens when I remove the rear wheel? Will it tip forward? will this make the centerstand collapse? Can I use a jack under my skidplate to support the small amount of frontward weight (hopefully not more than 30-40lbs?)

Is this all a horrible idea?

I just spent 5 hours hacking off a massively overtightened oil filter, so I'm hoping this won't be another miserable misadventure... advice from y'all would be appreciated.

Either that or I'll just pay the $30 per wheel the shop wants to remove the wheels for me, but I'd rather save $60 on my tire swap; mount/balance is free with tire purchase, wheel removal is not.


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post #2 of 5 Old 05-24-2011, 01:45 PM
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The bike has much more weight forward. Even with the front wheel off, you'll need to prop up the front end. Tie the bottom of the center stand to something forward on the bike to insure it won't fold up.

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-24-2011, 02:29 PM
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Buy yourself a couple of cheap work/track stands. First tire change and they are 1/2 paid off with what you save.

The whole center stand/jack/balancing act will ruin the savings if your bike falls over.

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post #4 of 5 Old 05-24-2011, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I was hoping to avoid yet another expensive purchase before I leave for AK, but it's a drop in the bucket in the scheme of things.

I've decided to pick up a pitbull front stand, the kind that lifts from the head of the bike rather than the fork. If the shop's gonna charge me $60 to remove my wheels, hell, that'll get me 1/3 of the way to the price of the stand!
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-24-2011, 05:23 PM
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On the center stand, I just do the back tire completely, put a bag of sand in the Givi topbox (raises front), do the front tire, done. Should be able to use the sand (or anything) to raise the front, then let it down on a milk crate (or whatever) if you really want both off at the same time.

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