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How to Change Tire and adjust chain

For all you newbi/wannabee do it your-selfers. I found this video a pretty good/usefull tutorial and hopefully it helps a newbie bike owner and newbie wrench spinner

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rear rim and tire removal


chain adjust and rear tire install


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great thread for the guys like me who hasn't gotten past just the fairings and batteries I'm gonna check out the site
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good stuff.
something like this should DEFINITELY be put as a sticky for the newb or tech section....*ahem* mods...
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Here he explains when your tire is cooked

here is a tuturial where he explains when your tire needs replacing


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here is the front wheel tutorial


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May as well make this a full service thread if its going to be a sticky

how to do your fork seals


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Just watched the fork seal video. Looks simple on inverted forks, but what about standard? Pretty sure mine don't come apart that easy.

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Nice find.
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Hey my posts are always usefull.... well at least for pure entertainment

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Wow those are some awful hack jobs.

That's why I don't go to stealerships and the like.
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Wow those are some awful hack jobs.

That's why I don't go to stealerships and the like.
how are they hack jobs?

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Good vids. Unfortunately on my bike(96 F3) I have "Stick On" indicators. Which 1 side has came off. So I have to go back to the days of my BMX mechanicing and sight the chain. Nor do I have a TQ wrench so I tightened it with the same wrench(Non-tq) he had in the beginning(Without cheater bar) and put some body weight pressure on it. I'll probably get a TQ wrench soon but I did the same last time and it worked out for me.
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how are they hack jobs?
He didn't once use a torque wrench.
He didn't align the rear wheel.
Didn't even take the forks off the bike and take them apart, clean them, anything.
Many other things...



Brute force, shortcuts, and an impact wrench are not the tools of the trade you'd like to see a mechanic using...
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He didn't once use a torque wrench.
He didn't align the rear wheel.
Didn't even take the forks off the bike and take them apart, clean them, anything.
Many other things...

Brute force, shortcuts, and an impact wrench are not the tools of the trade you'd like to see a mechanic using...
they were only using impacts to back bolts off and when he adjusted the chain he used the markings on the rear swingarm to align the rear tire which is perfectly acceptable... And why would you take the actual fork tubes off the bike if you dont need to... Thats an extra bunch of steps that is really unnecessary. I know alot of mechanics who dont use Torque wrenches because they can tell when the proper torque is applied due to the years of field experience that they possess. I saw nothing being hacked together in these vids thats for sure.

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they were only using impacts to back bolts off and when he adjusted the chain he used the markings on the rear swingarm to align the rear tire which is perfectly acceptable... And why would you take the actual fork tubes off the bike if you dont need to... Thats an extra bunch of steps that is really unnecessary. I know alot of mechanics who dont use Torque wrenches because they can tell when the proper torque is applied due to the years of field experience that they possess. I saw nothing being hacked together in these vids thats for sure.
Note to self, never let those guys OR curtis near my bike.


The marks on the swingarm have absolutely nothing to do with the bike being aligned properly.

You need to dissemble the forks to do the job thoroughly/properly. It's not "why would you take the fork tubes off if you don't need to", it's more like "why wouldn't you take them off if you want to do better than a half-ass job".

Ummm... you need to use a torque wrench. So you can torque an axle bolt to 78 ftlbs by feel? Fluck that.



I was just pointing out a few examples. Overall chitty work.
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Note to self, never let those guys OR curtis near my bike.


The marks on the swingarm have absolutely nothing to do with the bike being aligned properly.

You need to dissemble the forks to do the job thoroughly/properly. It's not "why would you take the fork tubes off if you don't need to", it's more like "why wouldn't you take them off if you want to do better than a half-ass job".

Ummm... you need to use a torque wrench. So you can torque an axle bolt to 78 ftlbs by feel? Fluck that.



I was just pointing out a few examples. Overall chitty work.
In general I have to agree with ceo on this. I too have seen some old mechanics that can get dayum near close torquing bolts etc. On externals you might can get away with it. Never ever not use a torque wrench for internals.

examples of guys not using a torque wrench were some rail buggy locals here. The guy who built their engines didnt believe in using a torque wrench. Every year he was rebuilding all their engines. And the few that had their engines built by me at the place I worked at the tyme engines went years w/o any major problems.

In a crunch for money, eh maybe, I'd wait until I could go rent a TW from auto**** or advanced.
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In general I have to agree with ceo on this. I too have seen some old mechanics that can get dayum near close torquing bolts etc. On externals you might can get away with it. Never ever not use a torque wrench for internals.

examples of guys not using a torque wrench were some rail buggy locals here. The guy who built their engines didnt believe in using a torque wrench. Every year he was rebuilding all their engines. And the few that had their engines built by me at the place I worked at the tyme engines went years w/o any major problems.

In a crunch for money, eh maybe, I'd wait until I could go rent a TW from auto**** or advanced.
We are not talking about torquing down internals on an engine we are talking about tire changes and fork seal replacing....Do you carry a torque wrench in your car just in case you might get a flat and have to change it out... no... because you can tell to a certain degree weather they are torqued down properly. Things like that arent all that crucial that you really need it torqued to the proper specs... But then again I am preaching to the guy who torques his friggen oil filter down to the proper 5 ft. lbs.

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