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Thanks to the tech forums here, I saw the shortcut for changing the rear tire on my 88.
This forum has helped me greatly since I joined - I'm extremely grateful. I've attached a photo of the tire removal. Maybe they will help someone.

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Excellent. Gonna give that a try next tire change.
 

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Do you happen to have a pic from looking at the rear?





..........and what was the hammer used for???:cooldevil::cooldevil::cooldevil:







good job!
 

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Very interesting... I will have to go look up that instruction for the next time I have to do a rear tire...!!
Looks pretty simple to me!
 

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Here's a clicky from the other side.

 

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All you have to do is remove the seat, both side panels, remove4 bolts,(2 where the bottom saddlebagbrackets attach to the mufflers and the 'forward' boltsat the upper front, inside the saddlebags(top mounting holes for the saddlebag crash gaurds, loosen the2, rear 17mm'sub frame' bolts under the rear portion of the seat and wriggle the bags/trunk rearward and up, as 1 piece, tying the whole affair to your handlebars to keep it out of the way. Forget if you have to remove the passenger boards and step covers, or not, before swivelling the bags/trunk up. Then loosen left muffler bolts to slide the muffler down to extract the axle bolt and remove brake caliper. It's easier to reinstall the bags/trunk with another person to guide/hold the bags back into position to install the 2 bolts inside the bags. Might work with just loosening them off good, but something tells me it's easier to just remove them
 

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THAT"S GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I use to remove the whole assy. as one, Now I can just pull it up & out of the way.
No more playing with the wiring.
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And if you tilt the rear assembly up no farther than what is shown in the pic, you may be able to keep the two inner fender pieces meshed. Otherwise, it is a bugger to get them meshed again. I am betting that there are many bikes out there with the rearinner fenders not properly meshed.
 

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I tried to lift the rear up on my 89 when I changed the rear tire. Had the wife help to lift and it started to put a lot of pressure on the inter fender clips. To the point of breaking. I set it back down took off the saddle bags. Maybe some bikes are not as tight. Mine was to tight. Good luck on how ever you do it.





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If you have the Harbor Freight lift as shown you can drop the tire out from the bottom. You will need to loosen the left muffler for axle removal as well as loosen the left shock bolt that positions the brake bracket. It takes some patience to position the caliper for removal and assembly. But it can be done. When the bike was new the dealer installed aftermarket light bars. A great deal more removal is necessary as well as wiring issues. So if you are in the same boat as me this is another option for rear wheel removal.
 
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