Wheels Hubs And Tires

Wheels normally require little attention other than ample lubrication of hubs. See "Lubrication Chart," Page 9. Occasionally, set motorcycle on rear stand, block up front end of motorcycle to raise front wheel, and check adjustment of hubs. Adjustment is all right when only a small amount of side shake can be found at rim of wheel. Also check spokes and tighten any found loose.

Removing Front Wheel

Set mcitorcycle on rear stand; then raise front end of motorcycle high enough to permit removing wheel; support motorcycle by means of front stand, or by suitable blocking underneath frame.

If wheel is to be taken out just for tire or wheel service, and then reassembled in front, it is not necessary to detach from brake drum, as required when removing rear wheel. Detachment of wheel from brake drum is necessary only when wheel or brake drum is to be replaced or wheel interchanged. To detach wheel from brake drum, remove the five wheel mounting socket screws that secure wheel to brake drum. Use Harley-Davidson special wrench. Part No. 12025-35, or wrench furnished in tool kit.

Take out axle and remove spacer from between hub and right side fork rocker. Wheel, with or without brake drum attached, is then free to come out.

When replacing wheel, reverse operations of removal. It is important that wheel mounting socket ■ screws be very tight to avoid any possibility of wheel working loose in service and consequently damaging hub flange.

Removing Rear Wheel

Set motorcycle on rear stand and loosen and raise end of mudguard. Remove the five wheel mounting socket screws that secure wheel to brake drum. Use Harley-Davidson special wrench. Part No. 12025-35, or wrench furnished in tool kit. Wrench can be inserted only directly to the rear of axle, so wheel will have to be turned to bring each screw to this position. Apply rear brake and lock it by shifting brake rod lock back against footboard support, or with pedal lock if equipped with one. (Brake rod lock is a wing nut clamp on rod near pedal. Stoplamp control wire is hooked to it.) Take out axle and remove spacer from between wheel hub and right side of frame. Wheel is then free to come out.

When replacing wheel, reverse operations of removal but securely tighten the five wheel mounting socket screws before tightening axle nut. To avoid any possibility of wheel working loose in service and consequently damaging hub flange, it is important that wheel mounting socket screws be very tight.

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