Not being a mechanic and not having a very good work area I was on the fence about doing this job. I had changed plenty of dirt bike tires as a kid and after getting the dealer price on the job
I decided to go for it. Thought I'd post about it in case anyone else is where I was.
First, these two Witchdoctor's How-To vids cover the basics: front
Now for my experience:
I used a Sears red jack to hoist the bike. It held fine but make sure you have the correct balance point. When I took the rear wheel off the first time the bike weighted forward, I had to put the rear back on and readjust the jack. On the front I did remove the fender, its a bit of pain but makes the job a lot easier, especially in limited space. I used a 5/8" hex(2013 XC) to turn the axial.
On the rear, the mufflers do have to be removed to do this job. I did not like the method WD shows in his video on setting the rear adjustments. My belt and alignment were in pretty good, so what I did was before I started anything was mark with a fine tip Sharpie on the axial adjustment plates the current alignment points. Simple right
When I remounted the new tire I lined up the marks I had made, then added a 1/2 turn on each side to get correct belt tension. I used a 1 1/16" socket on the axial nut.
Additionally, I cleaned and re-greased the axials and spacers. It was helpful to mark(with a Sharpie) the spacers RB/RS, FB/FS for rear/front, brake side/shift side for no mix-ups. Put back together with blue Locktite on the brake bolts and axial pinch bolts.
As for the tire change I didn't want to mess with that pain in the ass, so I brought them to a local shop and had the dis-mount, mount & balance done for $75.
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2013 Sunset Red
Vic Tri-Oval Mufflers, Lloydz VM1-DR cams, AF, PC-V @112hp/113tq
Corbin Dual Tour seat, Klock Werks Klip Hanger bars, Vicwapz
Avon Contour grips, Kuryakyn Kinetic boards and rear SwingWings
Victory black LED headlight and Touring Pack, Madstad 9" windshield