Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Medford, County of Jackson, Oregon, USA
Model: None at present
Just got through changing the tires on a friend's 1500 along with Oregonwinger and anothe friend in my garage yesterday. We put the bike on my bike jack but you can remove the front wheel with the bike on the center stand and a bottle jack or such like under the front of the engine to lift the front wheel off the ground. There are three bolts to remove the rotor covers; the top one is hidden behind a removeable cover which pulls off, there's a pin in the rear part of that little cover while the front has tabs that go under the fender. After those are off it's just a matter of loosening up the brake pads in the calipers, pulling the axle and dropping the wheel out. While you have the wheel off check the wheel bearings, they should turn smoothly with no 'notchiness' or play. Look at your brake pads too, they should be wearing evenly, if one is much thinner than the other your caliper should be removed and the mounting sleeve extracted, cleaned and lubed. A frozen caliper sleeve is often a cause of locked up brakes. As Hawker said, GS MacLean's tutorial is a very good write up with pictures.
None at present
Past 'Wings: GL1100, GL1200, GL1500, GL1800
Current BMW C650GT