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I amgetting ready to buy a 1996 gl1500se, It does not have many more miles left on the rear tire. How hard is it to get the wheel off to take to the tire shop. This will save quite a bit of labor. It also has a rear hitch, I understand from some of thequotes I have gotten that this adds about 1 hour morelabor to the job. Is there anything I should worry about getting wrong?

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I took mine off recently and it had a tow bracket fitted took about 50 min if that, just need left saddlebag off twist exhaust down or remove the silencer mine has holliwood cans so i removed them no need to touch anything on the right side just undo the spindle nut remove the rear mudguard and the tow bar wheel just rolls out the back easy have a look at the pads whilst you are in there or just get a set and change them check the oil level in the diff too or change it use 80/90 gear oil might as well do the lot then you know where you are up to with it
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have a look at the pads whilst you are in there or just get a set and change them check the oil level in the diff too or change it use 80/90 gear oil might as well do the lot then you know where you are up to with it

Thats what I'm doing next weekend. I'm going to do the tire change myself. the shop wants $40 to do one tire. Heres a site that will walk you through the right way to get the job done. Youtube.com has some videos pertaining to tire removal and balancing. It looks like its more time consuming than anything.



OOPS , heres the site http://www.clarity.net/~adam/tire-changing-doc.html


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You don't need to remove the saddlebag. Maybe you do if you don't have a lift. If you do, the saddlebag can stay on.

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Make sure you put some fresh Moly 60 on the splines while you've got the wheel off too

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Just found out my 96 SE needs rear disc pads, I replaced them 10 mi ago along with the rear tire, I bust my rear end getting all this done as I did not remove the saddle bags as per the book, What is the best way to just do the pads???? Earlier post said remove the LS saddle bag???
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You don't need to remove the saddlebag. Maybe you do if you don't have a lift. If you do, the saddlebag can stay on.
I don't see how you can get therotor out of the caliper to get enough clearance to pull the wheel out of the final drive without removing the caliper, and to do that on the 1500 you have to remove the left saddlebag. No problem on the 1800 but it is on the 1500.

Likewise I don't see anyway to change the pads in the caliper without removing the left side saddlebag.


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Thanks, seems like that is the general concensus. Off comes the LS Bag. Thanks again. Kenny
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I am taking my GL1500 to the shop and letting them change the tires. They want $60 for the rear and $30 for the front. I understand they put the bike ona lift and drop the tire down after pulling the axle. They tell me they will not pull the saddlebags. I wonder if purchasing a lift from Harbor Freight woud be worth while.

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That's how I did it 2 years ago, I have a hook on the beam in my garage, I took the seat off and used nylon slings and a come along and pulled the rear of the SE off the ground about 3 ft. I worked real well. I just don't want to go through all that for brake pads.
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