|Posted on Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 10:54 pm: ||
Bought new Pirelli GT's for the CR, decided I would go ahead and take the wheels off myself and have the bike shop install new tires and balance.
Lets tackle the rear first,
Service manual, check
Watch videos on utube, check
Scissor jack, check
Digital Torque wrench that works on LH threads, check
Rear tire, remove and reinstall no problem, scissor jack is kinda sketchy though.
Remedy jack situation by purchasing pit bull stands for front and rear. Much better
Read manual, check
Watch utube videos, check
Fight with brake a little, not bad though, removal is no problem.
Trophy wife takes wheel to bike shop for install of new tire, check.
Put on Al Dimeola "casino" and commence with installation.
Use tap & die to clean threadlocker from brake caliper mounting bolts, check
Anti-seize axle in appropriate places, check
Install axle, no good, seems like a tight fit.
Check alignment, confirm pinch bolts are indeed still loose, install more anti-seize, check.
Reinstall axle, nope won't go in all the way, proceed to use ratchet for half hour anyway to see if it will spin itself in, nope.
Suddenly Remember it has LH threads, reverse ratchet and finish install in 5 minutes.
Hang head in shame, post on badweb, check
|Posted on Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 11:36 pm: ||
Think about this.
Both the front and rear axles have good sized pinch bolts.
How often do you hear of bearing failures and smashed spacers?
I have never had a bearing failure yet. who knows that could change...
22k+ miles on orange bearings front and rear on Loretta.
30k+ on the Uly, pretty sure it has orange dust seals too..
I always tighten my axles snug (5-7 ft-lbs?) then tighten the snot out of the pinch bolts.
That axle ain't goin anywhere.
I don't want any side-load on those bearings, just radial.
Don't overthink this.
Just like if you have a tuber, adjust your belt so it touches the swingarm.
|Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 12:18 pm: ||
No need to remove the front brake with a stock muffler
|Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 02:01 pm: ||
Agree 100% with both of you, confirms what I suspected .
Post was more to highlight that no matter how much pre planning and new tools I utilize it won't recover the 30 minutes of my life spent scratching my head to figure out lefty tighty.
Felt so dumb
Other than that the experience was a positive one
|Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 02:58 pm: ||
+1 on not removing front brake caliper
however, removing the front fender makes it a lot easier
|Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 04:55 pm: ||
Before I got my Pitbulls
Actually worked well
|Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 - 12:08 pm: ||
Pics of trophy wife! LOL!
I agree with Zac--I tighten the axles moderately (no torque wrench, I just go for the gentle side of snug) and then tighten the pinch bolts securely. I've only got 10K on my 1125, but the bearings seem to be in good shape thus far.
|Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 - 12:11 pm: ||
Speaking of tires, I'm a big fan of the Pilot Power 2CT and Power Pure, but there's been a ton of hoopla over how great the Qualifier 3 is supposed to be. (A common theme in reviews is "I thought the Q2s were great and couldn't be topped, but the Q3s are a huge leap over the Q2s!") My Speed Triple will need tires before my 1125, but I am thinking about giving the Dunlops a shot on Speedy.
What do you think of the Pirellis?
|Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 02:05 am: ||
Regretfully work is impeding my ability to properly test the new tires. Hopefully By the end of the summer I can find some curves and get some miles on them.
I had good luck with the Dunlops, just seemed to wear fast.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 10:53 am: ||
+1 Pics of trophy wife. Don't tease.
I did the same thing with the front axle.
Are you running the Angles? The old Diablo Stradas were very good, but I haven't tried the Angel.