jwaller wrote:I changed the rear wheel last weekend. I thought the rear tire looked bad. Taking the rear wheel off seemed pretty straight forward. Learned two things though. I didn't have the correct sized allen wrench to remove the brakes. But I had the right one in my tool box. That is now in my Ural tool roll. The other thing I learned is that the axle is a total PITA to remove. Got it out and removed the rear wheel. Somehow taking the wheel off and seeing the tire from a different angle and the tire doesn't look so bad after all. Oh well, it becomes the new spare. Put the new wheel on with the new tire. I thought it was a PITA to remove the axle. Even more so to put it back in. I'd hate to have to do this on the side of the road. Gotta get a mallet or hammer for the side hack trunk.
My wife was a good sport and gave the side hack another try this morning as we rode out for breakfast...... She hated it again. In fact, the thought of getting back in and riding back home had her in tears, so we called a friend to meet us for breakfast and give her a car ride back home. I went for a monkey-less ride. Flying the chair all over the place. I was having a good time when I suddenly heard a loud metallic clank. Oh no! Did my motor just grenade? I pulled over (glad I wasn't going fast) coasted to a stop. I got off and gave the bike a look-over. I'm apparently an idiot, but I do learn from my mistakes, so this will not happen again. Turns out I didn't tighten the bolts for the rear disk enough and I failed to use lock-tight. The disk was hanging off the axle. I rigged up a fix by removing the spare tire and spare tire holder. I used those bolts to at least hold the disk on the wheel as they fit and then didn't use the rear brake on the way home. I tried to find the correct bolts at hardware and automotive stores; no dice. For now, those bolts are still holding the rear brake disk (with lock-tight) and the spare tire holder is held on by regular hex-head bolts.
I had my back tire off working on the input shaft seal on the final drive. The axle came out and went in without a problem, could there be an alignment issue on your swingarm?