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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-13-2007, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ninja 250 wheel removal...

I am going to take off my wheels to paint them and get new rubber on them. My questions are:

1. Is it difficult to remove the wheels? I am mechanically inclined so as long as I don't need special tools or anything I should be ok.

2. How hard to reinstall and is there any special tools required for it?

3. Do they just slap back on or do I need to align them or something?

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-13-2007, 12:13 PM
 
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http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/How_can...s_by_myself%3F

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1. Elevate the rear end (centerstand)

2. Remove the brake

a. Disconnect the 2 bolts that hold the unit over the rotor - just leave it connected to the brake line. Get a piece of rope, wire, or string and tie the brake unit to something solid on the bike. DO NOT just let the brake hang from the brake line.
3. Remove the axle-nut cotter pin.

4. Remove the axle-nut.

5. Slide the wheel/axle slightly forward; lift the chain off the sprocket and place to side.

6. While supporting the wheel, remove the axle.

7. Simply slide the wheel rearward to remove.
I've never done it before but doesnt sound to bad. check out the FAQ on that site for other info, if you havent already.
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Do you know what your getting into with painting wheels?

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Do you know what your getting into with painting wheels?
I think so. Unless bike wheels are really different from car wheels? I've painted tons of car wheels over the years without troubles.
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Ok good deal To bad you dont live near me i could have got my cousin to powdercoat them for cheap

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Ok good deal To bad you dont live near me i could have got my cousin to powdercoat them for cheap
You scared me for a minute. LOL I thought they where going to need something different done!

I got a price from a local guy to powdercoat them for $200 which I thought was really high. Any clue if that is a good deal or not?
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Seems like a pretty good price. I would check out what hes done in the past before to see how good he is.

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Seems like a pretty good price. I would check out what hes done in the past before to see how good he is.
I've seen a lot of his work actually. He is a loacl kid that does it from his barn. I e-mailed a guy just now who I had forgotten about to get a price from him as well. I am sure I will just end up painting them. LOL

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yours might not be too different from a CBR but this is a little thing I put together from my experience and some info from a cbr forum.........

https://www.twowheelforum.com/showthr...=wheel+removal

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good luck................
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keep in mind powder coating usually means new bearings after too, it will add to the cost a little. But it also will last forever if done right vs paint only being so strong against rocks and such, which happens much more on the bike versus a car...especially the rear rim.
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Thanks everyone!
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For the front wheel, you'll probably need a large hex key. On my Ninja ZX-9R, I think it uses 17mm. I'm not sure what size the 250 uses. But finding large hex keys can sometimes be a PITA. Also, MotionPro sells a cool hex tool: T-6 CrMo Hex Axle Tool But maybe you don't need it for the 250...

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For the front wheel, you'll probably need a large hex key. On my Ninja ZX-9R, I think it uses 17mm. I'm not sure what size the 250 uses. But finding large hex keys can sometimes be a PITA. Also, MotionPro sells a cool hex tool: T-6 CrMo Hex Axle Tool But maybe you don't need it for the 250...
The Cagiva Mito uses a 19mm Hex key, and that they're a PITA to find.

Simple solution

Find a decent size nut (19mm in this case), and a good set of Vice-grip pliers. Lock the pliers on to the nut so that theres at least 5-6mm clear that
you can use as a hex key. I recommend using this to hold the axle while you undo the other end, not vice-versa.

It works on the Mito.
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the motion pro works for three sizes think its 18,19 and other side is 22mm... Worth the money if you change your own front tiresand it makes it easy and useable in a socket wrench. like 19$ to the door... there are cheaper ways, but conveinance is nice too!
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the motion pro works for three sizes think its 18,19 and other side is 22mm... Worth the money if you change your own front tiresand it makes it easy and useable in a socket wrench. like 19$ to the door... there are cheaper ways, but conveinance is nice too!
17mm, 19mm, 22mm, and 24mm. http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/...hex_axle_tool/ I had to borrow this from a motorcycle mechanic to get my brother's front wheel off a GSXR. No-one sells an actual 24mm hex key. If I ever need to get his wheel off again, I'm just buying it.

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On my 9R I was able to loosen one sides front axle clamps. The side with the smaller hex (17mm) and loosen the one side while the larger side is still being held with the axle clamps. You are dealing with a split part axle. So you only have to spin one side.. then you will loosen it and the loosen the larger side axle clamp and remove it. Front wheel off!




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The wheels came off easily. The only thing I am worried about is getting the rear wheel back and on aligning it properly.
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The Cagiva Mito uses a 19mm Hex key, and that they're a PITA to find.
For what it's worth, if someone stares at you when you ask for 19mm, you can ask for 3/4" instead. 3/4" = 19.05 and they're interchangeable for all practical purposes.
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Motion Pro makes a nice and cheap alignment tool. I have posted it many times in chain threads...




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