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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-14-2019, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Removing both wheels

I need to put new rubber on my FJR. I plan to take the rims to a local shop to install the new rubber. Here’s my question, with the bike on the center stand, removing the rear wheel is obviously easy. For the front, which I would remove first from a simple weight distribution standpoint, is there any reason I can’t balance the forks on blocking after the rim is removed? I was also thinking of a piece of pipe slipped though the fork ends and the placed on jack stands. What’s the weight distribution front to rear? How have other folks accomplished this?
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I need to put new rubber on my FJR. I plan to take the rims to a local shop to install the new rubber. Here’s my question, with the bike on the center stand, removing the rear wheel is obviously easy. For the front, which I would remove first from a simple weight distribution standpoint, is there any reason I can’t balance the forks on blocking after the rim is removed? I was also thinking of a piece of pipe slipped though the fork ends and the placed on jack stands. What’s the weight distribution front to rear? How have other folks accomplished this?
Put bike on center-stand. Jack up the front with the jack under the header pipes.

Remove front wheel.

Lower the front onto blocks and remove rear wheel. I would loosen the rear axle nut BEFORE removing the front wheel.

You can lower the front right down to the ground making removing the rear much easier, but you MUST strap the center-stand tightly to the front of the bike first to prevent it falling forwards off the stand.

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The weight on the front is the same as it is right now, except for the weight of the front wheel. Now once you remove the mass of the rear wheel, that is going to change.

I really like Steve's advice about securing the center stand with rope or wratchet. That removes one more variable from the equation. I can see my surprise as I carefully lower it to the ground only to have the centerstand collapse...

I have a few pieces of 6x6 timber around the shop and two stacked and an additional 2x4 about kept the bike stable while I changed the front sneaker.

Also, I had an engine hoist handy, so I lifted the bikes front wheel with a rope around the handle bars (aware of the wiring). It was a very light weight with the rear wheel attached, about 35-45 pounds if that.

Please let us know how it goes and what you learn from your experience.

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Great input. I too like the advice of anchoring the center stand to the front forks. Not something I would have thought of. Expensive mistake potentially, failing to safeguard. I may break out my cherry picker .
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Great input. I too like the advice of anchoring the center stand to the front forks. Not something I would have thought of. Expensive mistake potentially, failing to safeguard. I may break out my cherry picker .
Anchoring to a front footpeg is fine, or your Canyon Cages if you have them.

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Stever's got it in Post 2 if you're removing both at once... me, I just lower the front enough to let the back wheel slide out. Jack under the headers always stays in place. Um... I don't tie my centerstand because I like to live on the edge, LOL. But, a good idea, heed that advice.
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Stever's got it in Post 2 if you're removing both at once... me, I just lower the front enough to let the back wheel slide out. Jack under the headers always stays in place. Um... I don't tie my centerstand because I like to live on the edge, LOL. But, a good idea, heed that advice.
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My process is a little different.

1. remove the rear wheel.
2. remove the front fender
3. remove the front calipers
4. loosen the front wheel nuts/bolts
5. jack up the bike under the header pipes until the front wheel is just off the ground.
6. remove the front wheel (easily rolls out)

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My process is a little different.

1. remove the rear wheel.
2. remove the front fender
3. remove the front calipers
4. loosen the front wheel nuts/bolts
5. jack up the bike under the header pipes until the front wheel is just off the ground.
6. remove the front wheel (easily rolls out)
If one must remove both wheels then I mostly agree with the above. Don't bother removing the front fender. Just jack the bike up enough for the front wheel to clear the front fender. With rear wheel out of the way it is easy and lifting the front higher is safer than lowering the front.

Others suggest removing front first then lowering to get the rear out easier. And others mentioning tying the centerstand. Lowering the front runs risk of centerstand folding. That is why I would prefer removing the rear first then raising the front. This leans more into the centerstand opposite of the tendency to fold.

Have posted pictures many times of my front wheel stand. This lifts high enough for front wheel to come out from under front fender, but it also compresses the rear suspension when it lifts. But for one time in about 20 the 2014's rear didn't compress and bike was wobbly on centerstand. Put a 1x6 under centerstand and lifted again, nice and stable.

The best solution is to have your own CH200 within walking distance. Do one wheel at a time.

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Wheels removed!

This was my first time pulling the wheels on my FJR. Easy-Peazy. In hind sight I did not need to remove the front fender. I started with the front. Removed calipers etc as noted above. Inserted a piece of conduit thru the fork ends to carry the load and lowered onto jack stands. The jack stands are at the same height as the wheel centerline. Then move to the rear wheel. EZ. It took me about an hour to pull both wheels. Why pay stealership prices when you can do this yourself? I called around and was quoted an hr for each wheel if I brought the bike in. Having the new rubber mounted tomorrow!
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