Hi all- I bought greeneyes82's '08 front wheel/tire/rotor from him this past week to replace mine (thanks, dude!), which is an '07 that the orig owner somehow completely destoyed the finish on. Somehow he stripped the clearcoat off, then the silver oxidized and went all gray and now I have black primer splotches.
Anyway, I will get the wheel Monday and I wanted to make sure I did this right. Basically my plan is to first loosen the big bolt. Then stand the bike upright and barely lift it, more like stabalize it with a large 3 ton hydraulic jack. I am aware of the swingarm grease fittings underneath so I'll be careful with that. Remove the brake caliper and maybe wiretie it up so it isn;t hanging it's weight on the line.
Now is the part I'm wondering about. Do you just take that big nut off and tap the bolt through to the other (rt) side and out? Thats what I think I need to do.
Lift bike just a tad and slip the wheel out and replace, reversing procedure, with last thing being reinstalling the brake caliper.
Sound right? Any tips/tricks or glaring problems with the plan? I don't have a bike lift and really would rather not mess with renting one, unless you guys think it's a necessity.
Also- I don't have a manual yet and was wondering how do you guys recommend keeping that finish looking good? I look at my rear wheel and it's all shiny and looks like wax would do fine, but I can't imagine what the heck happened to this front wheel. Looks like some kind of chemical damage.
The plus side of all of this is I'll have an extra front wheel to get beadblasted and chrome dipped in the future.