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Old 02-14-2010, 01:45 AM
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It started out to be a tire change only////Simple enough ,straight forward rear
tire on my ST1300. These sport-tour tires do have a stiff side wall and will try your patience...even if you are a experienced tech, not being a tech things do get difficult now and then.
I magine the bike is on the centerstand, may I sing the praise of the center stand....Bags off, mufflers turned loose and dangling down ..on shop rags....I've been through this drill 8 times and it is getting easier. I have for my use a NoMar tire changer the classic...and for the average Joe home mechanic...or hobbyist is fine. The old tire off and he new one "lubed up" ready for the install when and I have no I dea why I put mu finger into the flange side bearing but I did and it was quite notchy....So off to the puter and my fav parts site....
It interesting how they made this rim an Enki I think...They made it with no less than four bearings in it.
Two on the "Flange set" one on the right side and one on the left...This flage set is the same as a sprocket carrier for a chain driven bike....I looked the cushions over no real wear but I decided to replace them any way. The turn around was way better than I thought it would be...about 4-5 business days all totaled...As I awaited the UPS truck I wondered would I need a press....I cleared a place on my very cluttered work bench and located a towel to cushion the blows.....placed blocks under the flange and found my trusty lead hammer from the days of working in a shop that did MG,Triumph
and a few other English imports...A fine tool to have,and not easy to come by these days....I have a brass or bronze dowel that took the place of a press....and the bearings came out easy enough.The bearings were pressed onto a spacer and via an old socket the spacer and bearings parted company without difficulty. The job was fairly straight forward and time frame start to finish was less than an hour....I did tske the advise of an old friend who reccomended Bel-Ray waterproof grease....do I got me a tub of that... probably last the rest of my life.....That lil job is behind me now and soon as I can get to the propane dealer to re-fill my 100lb tank,I'll be back on that Sport-touring tire.....that will be one less winter service job behind me.....Then its on to my VFR for some fresh coolant and a new shiny set of Michelin Pilot Powers.....I look forward to this up coming season ....I'll try to post a shot or two if this exercise.....and look to the next chore....
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