Go Back   Harley Davidson Forums > Harley Davidson Motorcycles > Sportster Models
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?
Search

Sportster Models 883, 883 Custom, 1200 Custom, 883L, 1200L, 1200S, 1200 Roadster, XR1200, and the Nightster.
Sponsored by: Rush Racing Products

Reply
 
 
 
P
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-27-2008, 10:25 PM
hogsport's Avatar
hogsport hogsport is offline
Road Master
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Gahanna, OH
Posts: 1,060
Default Removing front wheel procedure?

It is time to replace the front tire - going with Metz ME880. I have an '05 1200 Custom - 21" wheel, small fender.

Question is: serv manual seems to have me:
Remove fender
Remove brake pads
Remove Caliper
Loosen axle nut
loosen Axle clamp & remove axle

It seems possible to skip the fender and caliper removal - Does everyone follow the serv manual on this?
__________________

2005 XL1200C TAXES PAID
V&H SS
EXTENDED FORWARD CONTROLS
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-27-2008, 10:59 PM
nevets61's Avatar
nevets61 nevets61 is offline
Road Captain
Join Date: May 2007
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 576
Default RE: Removing front wheel procedure?

Just got thru with mine...
After you place jack under frame...
Remove caliper bolts and lay caliper aside.
remove axle nut
loosen pinch bolt.
Pull axle out

Reverse
__________________
Life is short... RIDE HARD!!!
Patriot Guard Rider 6/6/2007
San Antonio, TX
2007 FLHX Street Glide, PCIII, Fullsac True Duals, Rush 2", K&N filter
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-27-2008, 11:07 PM
HD9358 HD9358 is offline
New Member
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: tulsa okla
Posts: 81
Default RE: Removing front wheel procedure?

just replaced mine with new lightningstar front wheel.. you are correct in thinking you can do it without removing caliper or pads!! i did it with a friends help. he bought my old wheel and tire. so we did it twice... good luck and good selection on tires!!!!!!!!!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-27-2008, 11:45 PM
6o66er's Avatar
6o66er 6o66er is offline
Outstanding HDF Member
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 2,154
Default RE: Removing front wheel procedure?

Quote:
ORIGINAL: nevets61

Just got thru with mine...
After you place jack under frame...
Remove caliper bolts and lay caliper aside.
remove axle nut
loosen pinch bolt.
Pull axle out

Reverse
Yep. You really don't even have to squeeze the caliper back down when reinstalling...just wiggle the rotor in it a couple times and it will slide back on.

Get some grease and hit your axle too...always a good idea while it's off.

Oh...and DO NOT use a hammer to remove and install your axle. Period. If it doesn't just slide out or in, wiggle the wheel around until it does.
__________________
~HellCat~
1998 Sportster XL1200 Custom - Died!
2007 FXDB - 103" kit and a few other extras
"You say tomato, I say **** you"
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-28-2008, 04:49 AM
cHarley's Avatar
cHarley cHarley is offline
Old Fart
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Boynton Beach, FloriDuh
Posts: 15,203
Default RE: Removing front wheel procedure?

Quote:
ORIGINAL: 6o66er

Quote:
ORIGINAL: nevets61

Just got thru with mine...
After you place jack under frame...
Remove caliper bolts and lay caliper aside.
remove axle nut
loosen pinch bolt.
Pull axle out

Reverse
Yep. You really don't even have to squeeze the caliper back down when reinstalling...just wiggle the rotor in it a couple times and it will slide back on.

Get some grease and hit your axle too...always a good idea while it's off.

Oh...and DO NOT use a hammer to remove and install your axle. Period. If it doesn't just slide out or in, wiggle the wheel around until it does.
+1 No need to remove the fender (with the skinny 21" tire) or the caliper. You can use a LARGE flat blade screw driver between the brake pads once the wheel is off to gently press the piston back into the caliper cylinder to seperate the pads. That will make getting the rotor back in between the bads easier.
__________________
IF YOU CAN'T RIDE IT OR TAKE IT TO BED, IT AIN'T WORTH HAVING


Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
04 1200C - Hammer 1250 - Smash Heads - .560 Cams - Supertrapp - Hurricane Flow A/C - TC88A Ignition

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-28-2008, 02:57 PM
hogsport's Avatar
hogsport hogsport is offline
Road Master
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Gahanna, OH
Posts: 1,060
Default RE: Removing front wheel procedure?

Thanks for the advice, had thewheel off in 60 sec. I can see why tehy say to take off the caliper, it is a little tight getting the tire past it. I guess I will let the air out of the new one if it is a prob. I put a piece of 3/16" paneling between the pads.
The Cheap part of me says WTF? when looking at a $140 tire replacement that won't go 15k mi when my car tires are under 100 ea and nearly hit 60k ????
__________________

2005 XL1200C TAXES PAID
V&H SS
EXTENDED FORWARD CONTROLS
Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 02:57 PM
 
 
 
P
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Why remove forks for Progressive cartridges? Travis G Dyna Glide Models 5 09-18-2014 11:26 AM
08 Fatboy Rear Wheel R/R - My Experience azfathog17 Softail Models 9 07-27-2012 10:58 PM
10,000 service 2010 Fatboy questions stevenolts Softail Models 4 05-14-2012 10:31 AM
Remove brake calipers to remove front wheel? V2Evo96 Touring Models 6 08-30-2011 11:10 PM
DIY--Wheel Removal and Install--Completed Harleypingman Touring Models 14 04-09-2008 04:27 PM


Tags
2008, axle, custom, cvo, front, harley, hd, removal, remove, removing, replacing, softail, sportster, tire, wheel


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

Join HDForums

Advertising
Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory
Sponsors

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:16 AM.


Internet Brands, Inc.