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Any issue I might expect? Was going to set the bike on stands. Might even run a 2x4 across between stands to form a stand. Need to have tires mounted so need to remove both wheels.

So thinking out bike on center stand. Raise rear and support on jack stand and then raising front. I have numerous jack stands and hydraulic jacks.
 

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The first time I replaced my tires I had both wheels off. On the center and a jack under the front of the engine. Just make sure it's not wobbly and you shouldn't have any problems.
 

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I did as Deviate .....but put a jack under the swingarm by the rear shock after I took the wheel off. This to avoid it fallng back if some neighborhood kid jumped on the bike or if my fat cat had the same idea.

Take the front wheel off first btw. You can then tilt the bike more forward to raise the rear so the rear tire clears the fender......
 

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Both my wheels are off the bike right meow. I have it on the center stand and the forks resting on the concrete floor (engine is out as well) with a hand towel under the forks so they don't get dinged up.
 

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Both my wheels are off the bike right meow. I have it on the center stand and the forks resting on the concrete floor (engine is out as well) with a hand towel under the forks so they don't get dinged up.
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Straight over my head. Tell me what's funny?
 

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"Both my wheels are off the bike right meow"

In the movie Supercops? Two of the officers have a bet on how many times one can insert the word "meow" into the conversation when pulling a car over.

You're up to one.

(And I got two)
KM explained it. You get it meow?
 

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I'm looking forward to getting these tires on. Since discovering my tires were made in the early 2000's I've not really ridden the bike. Looking forward to getting back out onto the foothills curves. Maybe do some bar hopping through some small towns.

-Robert
 

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I will put my disclaimer here right up front. Just because I do it does not mean it is the safest idea.

This is what I do with my V2K (and others I have owned) I use a standard floor jack and 2x to life the bike up. As I lift it I will place wood blocks under each side of the frame. Your bike will sit on those block with both wheels off the ground. Then I will take some tie down straps and hook each side of the handle bars and hook to the roof on my car port (mine is BUILT HEAVY DUTY) to help hold it while I work on it.

Like I said its not the safest way to do it but it works for me.

On the front all you should have to do is loosen the pinch bolt and turn your axle out. When you remove the axle just be sure to remember the direction and placement of the spacers and put them back the same. I like to put a little lube on the axle when I replace it so it will be easier to remove the next time. (just on the part the wheel rides on. Not the threads) Also DO NOT touch your front breaks when the wheel is off. You will have to push your brakes back in. If you are careful enough you do not have to remove your brakes to reinstall.

For the rear look and see where your adjusters are sitting and mark the spot on each side. Loosen then jam nut, adjuster, and axle nut and slide axle out. Same goes for the spacers and brakes. And reinstall in reverse order.

As for a torque wrench I have never used one yet. Not the best advice in the world but I go with "That looks tight enough".

Depends on your set up it can be ANNOYING and AGGRAVATING. Or easy as could be. If this is your first time. Just take your time and study how all the parts work together and what they do as you take them apart. The first time is the slowest but the more you do it the quicker it is. I change my tires on my own with tire spoons because there is not a dealer close enough to do it and they charge RETAIL price on tires and add more for mounting them.
 

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It turns out that everything went fine. I started with the front, then I lowered onto a set of ramps set at a 90 degree. So the forks just rested on them. Then I raised the rear.

The new tires make a big difference. The bike just wants to turn now. Before it resisted turning.

I was a bit surprised after putting everything together the front wheel does seem to have some drag on it when I spin it by hand. I was expecting it to spin pretty freely before I installed the calipers. However, I went out for a ride and everything seemed fine.

-Robert
 
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