Had to remove the left muffler,could've just lowered it I guess,but I'm a big boy and I didn't want to work around it.
I only backed the left shock bolt out enough to release the brake bracket.
I did have to use a swivel knuckle to back the shock bolt out.
The only trick to the whole deal is the brake & bracket,after removing the axle,spacer & washer you have to move the brake bracket back to the rear past the frame and that will allow enough room for the wheel to come off of the shaft drive and down & off she comes.
Why thank you AZgl1500, I apprecite that, yes I am a very lucky man I also have a strapping young 16 old boy too. Life is good.
The garage never looked like that until I finally decided I had talked about it long enough and finally figured out if you get it out you have to put it back up and if you haven't used it in the last 12 months you don't need it.
soooo It has been clean for 8 or 9 months and will stay that way.:clapper:
I didn't take step by step pictures of the tire removel but,really it was quite simple and the next time I can have the rear off in 15 minutes or less.
I had a kid at the honda shop tell me they don't remove the bags,and thats all I needed to go try it,it's all in the brake & bracket.
The whole trick is with the brake and caliper,you just back the shock bolt out enough to release the brake bracket after you have removed the axle, spacer and washer and slide the whole unit( brakes & bracket ) to the rear,and then back past the frame and this gives you the clearence you need to pull the tire and wheel to the left side of the bike and off of the shaft and down she comes,simple once you have done it.
I just changed my front tire and I have the new rear tire ready for when I run out of tread. Kentucky, your method is going to be what I try as soon as it looks like I'm ready. It looks pretty slick to me.
The HF tire changer is "Da Bomb" (means its great). I find the vertical piece just gets in the way - don't need it. I've done GL1200 and GL1500 tires on it and it makes for a quick and easy removal and mounting. It helps to let the new tire warm up in the sunshine first.
Just did a set of Michelin Commanders on a GL1200 and it was downright easy!
BTW, you'll be glad you got rid of those nasty Dunlop Elite II tires. The Elite III versions are MUCH better (shoulda went with the Michelin Pilot GTs ).
Next up is a set of tires for my friend's BMW GS(something or other).
The changer works great,as long as you use about 3 little blocks of wood to put on the under side when mounting the new tire which keeps the tire in the valley of the rim,of course I use ru-glide to help slicken things up a bit,but I have found the much dreaded rear tire on the goldwing was no worse than any other tire's I have changed.
And the more tires you change the better you will get atit.
Make sure you have the tire changer bolted down........