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« on: April 28, 2012, 06:41:44 PM »

My Ninja 650 doesn't have a center stand so I use a swingarm stand.
I just had a rear tire mounted and now need to re-install the wheel...  but the stand seems to be 'in the way' of lifting the wheel and holding it there to replace the axle.
How do you raise the wheel into place?
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2012, 08:58:57 PM »

Sit behind the bike crosslegged, let the tire rest on your ankles.  You can raise or lower it as needed.

It helps a lot to remove the brake caliper then reinstall when you have the axle through.

Another method is to hold it up with one arm and hand and tap the axle through with a mallet using the other arm.  That's the technique I just used with the ZRX.

Either way, it takes some practice.

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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2012, 07:03:00 AM »

An alignment tool/punch works very well in this case. It's good for a lot of installations too. Mostly automotive.

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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2012, 12:09:38 PM »

I assume you used the same stand to take the wheel off? Then you should be able to get it on. My stand is pretty low, so I use a piece of 4 inch PVC to sit the tire on. Then I roll the PVC pipe back and forth with one foot to get the tire height position right while I try to line up the hole.
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2012, 02:22:14 PM »


An alignment tool/punch works very well in this case.

How. precisely, does that work??
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2012, 05:28:41 PM »

Think of it as an axle on the other side to help hold the wheel up and get it aligned.  As you tap the actual axle through, you'll be pushing out the alignment tool.
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2012, 10:13:52 AM »

the combination of using your feet to raise the wheel and the punch to help roughly align the swingarm/wheel works great --

every now and again, when installing a wheel/tire combo that heavier than my much abuse ankles want to lift, I'll grab my long crowbar and a short piece of 2 by . . . . . use the wood as a fulcrum, the crowbar as the lever, and move the world!
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2012, 12:49:41 PM »

Having another set of hands helps too.  I get my wife to push the axle through while I hold up the wheel up.  
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2012, 03:19:29 PM »

My no-name brand stand has braces and a handle that makes it hard to use my feet.
I ended up using a 4' piece of 2x4 and a 'chunk' of wood under the end of the 2x4.
I got it close and then tapped the chunk with a hammer to make the final adjustment.
It was actually easier than taking the wheel off.
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2012, 08:14:59 PM »

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