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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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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!! :ltr:
 

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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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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!!

Brad
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. :D
 

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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.

So do you like the new skins?
 

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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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You young whipper snappers made this 77-1/2 year old feel like a kid by sharing the difficulties you had removing wheels. Just yesterday afternoon I removed mine. Reading the service manual prior to starting (thanks Bbob) was a huge advantage. With the bike on a lift, a floor jack under the wheel, to take the pressure off the axle and ease the wheel down, and an extra pair of hands to help, my first time at this was a snap. I'm hoping it will be just as easy for me to replace them. Thanks guys.
 

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You young whipper snappers made this 77-1/2 year old feel like a kid by sharing the difficulties you had removing wheels. Just yesterday afternoon I removed mine. Reading the service manual prior to starting (thanks Bbob) was a huge advantage. With the bike on a lift, a floor jack under the wheel, to take the pressure off the axle and ease the wheel down, and an extra pair of hands to help, my first time at this was a snap. I'm hoping it will be just as easy for me to replace them. Thanks guys.
Yeah, you may find the puttin back together part, rather more difficult than the comin apart part...
 

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Yeah, you may find the puttin back together part, rather more difficult than the comin apart part...
I'm sure you are right about that, Saddle as I won't have gravity working for me this time. Extra hands and raising it with the floor jack is my plan of attack for the replacement phase.
BTW, my homemade hex driver didn't work as planned, so I had to buy a 5/8" socket allen for removing the front axle. I can justify buying new tools with all the money I'm saving. :rolleyes:
 

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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.
That's the problem. sitting behind the bike on the jack I had to push the rear caliper mounting plate as far forward as I could with the wheel pull all the way to the rear to get the actual caliper with the pads over the rotor. Once there now pull the caliper mounting plate backward (it acts like a spacer too) and try to feed the axle in on the other side while Positioning the tire as near straight up and down. Of course the belt guard is in the way too! :(

Tires are on however and riding this weekend.
 

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That's the problem. sitting behind the bike on the jack I had to push the rear caliper mounting plate as far forward as I could with the wheel pull all the way to the rear to get the actual caliper with the pads over the rotor. Once there now pull the caliper mounting plate backward (it acts like a spacer too) and try to feed the axle in on the other side while Positioning the tire as near straight up and down. Of course the belt guard is in the way too! :(

Tires are on however and riding this weekend.
If only I had a picture of that...wac! I find it much easier to write a check than recover from back damage...cheers.
 

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Pulled the right muffler? You removed the axle from the right side? I'm pretty sure you don't even have to remove the axle nut on the left side to remove the axle...just have to loosen it. The axle (with the nut still on it) installs from the brake caliper side.

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You young whipper snappers made this 77-1/2 year old feel like a kid by sharing the difficulties you had removing wheels. Just yesterday afternoon I removed mine. Reading the service manual prior to starting (thanks Bbob) was a huge advantage. With the bike on a lift, a floor jack under the wheel, to take the pressure off the axle and ease the wheel down, and an extra pair of hands to help, my first time at this was a snap. I'm hoping it will be just as easy for me to replace them. Thanks guys.
Far out Ric- if I'm doing half of what you are at your age I will be very happy- good on you mate!
 
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