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supporting the front while changing tire
« on: September 22, 2013, 09:55:23 pm »
I thought I remembered posts on this topic.  Did a search but can't find what I'm looking for.  I need to remove the front wheel to change the tire.  What method have you used to support the front of the bike while removing the front wheel?
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Re: supporting the front while changing tire
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2013, 11:24:10 pm »
I guess I'm not patient enough to wait for input so I've  decided to jut use a floor jack (quick lift Craftsman, same as I use on the Corvette) plus a rubber puck to lightly balance the bike on the center exhaust. It only needs enough force to balance the bike back on the rear wheel and doesn't seem this stress the exhaust at all
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Re: supporting the front while changing tire
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2013, 11:54:06 am »
I was going to suggest a trolley jack with a soft pad under the exhaust downpipes!
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Re: supporting the front while changing tire
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2013, 02:10:38 am »
Thanks Cropbiker and Leak.  I went the route of using a floor jack. Got down to removing axle only to discover that I didn't have a 17mm hex head.  And it turns out that 17mm hex heads are not that common even in a city the size of Houston.  Finally found one about 5:30 PM so it will be tomorrow before the tire actually gets changed.
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Re: supporting the front while changing tire
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2014, 06:59:53 am »
*Originally Posted by w8d4it [+]
And it turns out that 17mm hex heads are not that common even in a city the size of Houston. 
I know I am just a little late, but see here. This set probably costs less than the single 17MM you bought. In this set, the largest one is the 17MM.

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Re: supporting the front while changing tire
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2014, 09:11:59 am »
Fortunately the 17mm hex from the st1100 fits. Fjr1300 uses different sizes

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Re: supporting the front while changing tire
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2014, 01:30:24 pm »
I use a milk crate under the engine. I have to get some one to sit on the pillion seat as these bikes are very front heavy I can't lift the front and slide the crate in on my own.

 



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