Going to put a new rear tire on tomorrow. Are there any tips or tricks
that I should know about? I am going with an avon 200 cobra. I hate my "R" so much that I wish I had 2 of them. At least it's not all shiney like the wrapper on a candy bar!
What are you trying to say? :chair:At least it's not all shiney like the wrapper on a candy bar!
Yes! So do I.I made a small mark with a sharpie on the adjuster cam so I could put it back exactly as it was before. Worked good for me.
DO NOT use duct tape.Yes! So do I.
Put duct tape on the inside of the shocks, particulary around the inside where the shock mounting bolt protrudes, put tape on the inside of the rim on the right side so you don't scratch the finish removing the brake caliper, and put some around the polished surface of the pulley. Before trying to wiggle the brake caliper and bracket free make sure you pull the brake hose out of the clamps on the swingarm. There are three clamps to release as I recall. You need every millimeter of brake hose slack to get the caliper out (I long about switched to the two piece unit, separate caliper and bracket, from a DX, so nice).
Remove both belt guards. I use a lift and get the rear tire light to remove the axle easily. Then I push the wheel forward to flip the belt off the pulley. Then use the lift to lift the bike up as you work the caliper off the rotor and wiggle it free from the space between the wheel and swing arm. You will see why I suggested all that duct tape! With the caliper free, continue to raise the bike until you can roll it out from under the rear fender. Not so hard to do after you have done it once or twice.
I'v never had the duct tape on the bike long enough for it to leave any residue. The blue painters tape is also good, but does not resist tearing like good quality duct tape, and if my experience is relevant, wiggling that rear brake set up out from between the wheel and swingarm and later reinstalling it might require some contact with polished surfaces that could tear the blue stuff. That stock rear brake can be an SOB to work into position when putting the wheel back on.DO NOT use duct tape.
USE blue painters tape.
You will be cleaning the duct tape glue off forever if you use that stuff