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today I replaced my well worn E3's for dome Michelin Commaner II's front and back. Took off the tires and brought them to a small but well ran motorcycle shop and they had 2 Visions they were working on. I asked the young guy how much a ride in ride out with new skins would be with labor and was given $120 total. Since I'd done the take off I made a note to self. $40 total for both done in 20 minutes! I save $80 right?

Came home and that's when the fun started. Front wasn't too bad but I put the wrong spacer on the wrong side on the front and caught it time but had to nurse the axle back in after taking off the left caliper! What a idiot! Then the back...............OH Mother Mary... even on a jack 2 feet in the air. Digressing I had to pull the right muffler because it was right in the middle of the axle. Couldn't even budge the shock mount and rod so the muffler removal was next. I read "angling" out the bolt. Not a freeking chance on the XCT.

Getting the rear brake lined up on the rotor with the floating pivot block in it's groove while lining up the axle took me 3 hours. It's not a 1 person job on the XCT. At least not for me. Next time I'll spend the extra 80 bucks as I'm so sore I took some Norco and a hot tub. Worst $80 saved in my life!! LOL I've done a few shaft drive Gold Wings and my beloved Nomad which were waaaaay easier!

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Did you disconnect the rear shock linkage before you jacked up the bike? I had no problems on my XC.

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Did you disconnect the rear shock linkage before you jacked up the bike? I had no problems on my XC.
I couldn't brake those bolts loose. There is no room for a socket between the shock and linkage. My meds are kicking in now! Thank God!!

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Holy Cow! I bet that was a chore then. If memory serves me, I used a boxed end wrench and crows foot.

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Major chore Creek! Lesson well learned.

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Wouse!!! Now I get to bug you in this forum!!! Nomad left the garage on Saturday and the new XCT parked in it's place! Not gonna miss the Nomad!!!

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Wouse!!! Now I get to bug you in this forum!!! Nomad left the garage on Saturday and the new XCT parked in it's place! Not gonna miss the Nomad!!!
I knew it!!!

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today I replaced my well worn E3's for dome Michelin Commaner II's front and back. Took off the tires and brought them to a small but well ran motorcycle shop and they had 2 Visions they were working on. I asked the young guy how much a ride in ride out with new skins would be with labor and was given $120 total. Since I'd done the take off I made a note to self. $40 total for both done in 20 minutes! I save $80 right?

Came home and that's when the fun started. Front wasn't too bad but I put the wrong spacer on the wrong side on the front and caught it time but had to nurse the axle back in after taking off the left caliper! What a idiot! Then the back...............OH Mother Mary... even on a jack 2 feet in the air. Digressing I had to pull the right muffler because it was right in the middle of the axle. Couldn't even budge the shock mount and rod so the muffler removal was next. I read "angling" out the bolt. Not a freeking chance on the XCT.

Getting the rear brake lined up on the rotor with the floating pivot block in it's groove while lining up the axle took me 3 hours. It's not a 1 person job on the XCT. At least not for me. Next time I'll spend the extra 80 bucks as I'm so sore I took some Norco and a hot tub. Worst $80 saved in my life!! LOL I've done a few shaft drive Gold Wings and my beloved Nomad which were waaaaay easier!

Sure rides nice!!

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I noted the difficulty I had last time I did it and I had a friend helping. People acted like it was no big deal. Turning wrenches has never been a big thrill of mine nor am I particularly adept at it, but I kinda felt like an imbecile for finding that rear such a PIA. I'm glad I found a little company.




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Not sure the size but my buddy took two wrenches and took the link off.
Think you should have found a buddy or different ways to get it loose.
Once that is apart, you simply jack the bike up and the rear wheel stays on the ground. Belt loosens up, brake may take a spare hand from that forementioned buddy and roll it out from under the bike. Then reverse the process. Took us 45 mins for both front and rear. Went to the dealer to replace tires and back on bike. 3 hrs total and that was BS'ing for 20 mins at the dealer.

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Not sure the size but my buddy took two wrenches and took the link off.
Think you should have found a buddy or different ways to get it loose.
Once that is apart, you simply jack the bike up and the rear wheel stays on the ground. Belt loosens up, brake may take a spare hand from that forementioned buddy and roll it out from under the bike. Then reverse the process.
As I recall, the brake caliper has to come off and be reinstalled as well as spacers being held in place while trying to needle the axle back through. Since these are on opposite sides of the bike which are separated by a big ass fender, it seems like a miserable task to try and do alone. Especially if your arms are under 8 ft long.




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