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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-16-2013, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Little help needed guys and gals, I took my rear wheel in to get a new tyre fitted and I'm having trouble getting it back in. First of all the bloody spacers keep falling out any tips on keeping them in place while putting the rim back?
Secondly it seems like the rim won't go back inside the swingarm as if it is too tight a fit. I know that is not the case but just getting more than a little frustrated and thinking I will let the bike shop do it next time .....
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Apply a bit of grease in the seals and on the spacers to hold them on... Try having wheel at close to assembly height with a slab of plywood or something under it.
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A dab of grease on the spacers will help keep them in place. I sometimes use scraps of wood under the wheel to get it closer to the point of slipping the axle in. Takes a bit of practice.
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Thanks guys already tried the grease the spacers keep hitting the swingarm and falling out despite the grease. I have bricks under the tyre to support it. Anyway I'll try again now I'm a bit calmer.
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In the long run it was easy I took the caliper and backing plate off and all was well.
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Been there... Done that... It's a pain if you're doing it on your own... Especially if its your first time. I too could have used a third hand (or two) when I reinstalled my rear wheel on my own. Glad you finally got it done... Kudos!

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Have done this a few times, a third hand is a must for the first couple of times, coming back after calming down was a big help, it gets easier.
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I've also used 2x4s under the wheel to get it closer. Since I change tires often for the track, I found a super useful tool made by one of my fellow riders. It's called TrakJak. It's a bit pricey, but OMG does it make removing/reinstalling wheels by yourself soooo much easier. I only wish I'd bought one sooner!

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Thanks for the help and kind wishes, this is a great forum.
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