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Rear Wheel Mounting made easy.

I've had a lot of practice over the last 4-1/2 years removing and remounting the rear wheel. I was installing a set of Bridgestone Battlax RS10's today, so I snapped a few pics to help those who struggle with mounting that rear wheel/tire back up.

Before you slide the tire into position, be sure you have the spacers pushed into the dust seals. The spacer with the hat goes on the left side, the spacer that looks like a simple collar goes on the right side.

Now you're ready to slide the tire into position.
I use a 1x6 board for the tire to rest on, placed on the floor and stand.
Put the chain onto the sprocket.




Now go to the other side and position the rear brake bracket into the groves on the inside of the swingarm.
Notice the little block wedged under the 1x6 to get the tire to the approximate height.




Slide the Axle and collar block in from the left side.
Use a dead-blow hammer to help push it thru, till it's about 3/4's of the way in.




Now go to the right side and move the tire as needed to align the holes of the wheel, brake bracket, and swingarm.




When you're about 1 inch away from having the axle all the way in, twist the axle so the shoulders line up with the collar block, then finish tapping it in.




Now put the right side collar block on the axle, put the washer on the axle, and spin the nut on the axle.
Pull the wheel backwards so the collar blocks are in correct position for the axle adjuster bolts and flush against the swingarm.
Now that that's done, here I'm using my knee to put forward pressure against the board to move the axle against the adjuster bolts as I snug up the axle nut.
Final torque is 96 lb.ft.




Since this is the first time I've tried a 200/55 tire, I'm checking for hugger clearance. It's mighty close! I'll keep a close eye on it.
I also checked for proper chain slack.




Plenty of room between tire and front of swingarm.



Hope this helps some folks.
If you see something I forgot, please chime in.

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Whoooaaa...A 200 tire...?? Keeewwwllll......I want one now...!!! That's friggin badass....
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A film of grease on the axle and a toothbrush to the threads is a plus+

nice write-up J.D.
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I just did this the other day and made a simple mistake. Make sure the collar on the right side (nut side) is facing the right way. Otherwise when you try to tighten the nut the corners of the nut will hit and collar and not allow it to tighten up. Simple things, but might help someone someday.
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Solid, glad this is part of the "how-to" collection on here.

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I just did this the other day and made a simple mistake. Make sure the collar on the right side (nut side) is facing the right way. Otherwise when you try to tighten the nut the corners of the nut will hit and collar and not allow it to tighten up. Simple things, but might help someone someday.
There is supposed to be a flat washer between the nut, and that outer collar block.
Without it, maybe the nut has gouged out some material from your collar block?

I seem to remember on my bike, it doesn't matter if you flip the collar, it seems to be identical on both sides...

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Yes, I saw that in the manual. My collar on the right side was flat on one side and if you flip it, it was grooved like the side where the axle goes into it. Does that make sense?
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Yes it does. Is it possible you have two left side collar/blocks?
Now you got me wondering if they are specific to left and right side.
I have to go look now.

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A film of grease on the axle and a toothbrush to the threads is a plus+

nice write-up J.D.
Ditto on the swingarm pivot bolt as well. Was the first time it was ever removed.
When I removed mine, it was dry and corroded, which made removal a pain.
Wire brushed the rust spots off and likewise greased the pivot bolt.
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Here is how my bike came. Now you have me wondering if it's right.
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