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Old 04-27-2008, 10:25 PM
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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?
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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

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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!!!!!!!!!
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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.
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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.
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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 ????
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