Rear tire change for VTX Spokes, including new tube - Questions
G'day all. I'm going to get my 2007 1300 Spokes' rear tire changed at an independent shop and I'd like to know of any specifics of the process to remind the mechanic of. Putting a new Michelin Commander II (170/80) and also a new Michelin tube as it's impossible to find a Dunlop tube in stock around these parts.
1) When putting tube in, it's imperative to check for creases. Anything specific to ask them to check? They mostly change car tires and sportbike tires so unsure about their experience putting in a new motorcycle tube correctly.
2) I'll be bringing my own tub of moly paste (Loctite 77). How should the previous paste/grease in the splines be cleaned? Any special cleaning products or just clean with a cloth?
3) Moly paste goes into the rear tire's flange and into the final drive's gear set. Essentially the places where the wheel hub mates to the final drive. Correct?
4) How many finger dabs of moly paste should be used?
5) Removing axel and putting it back. If it gets a little stuck, then use a rubber mallet. NEVER a regular hammer or anything hard. Right?
6) I'd like to check evenness of axle and state of bearings. As I recall, cues are to run fingers through axle to check for denting and also visually inspect it. For bearings, it's stick a finger into the hole where the axle goes and check for smooth rotation. Does the flange set need to be removed so as to finger rotate the bearings?
7) Respect torque values. Don't go by "feel" and use the manual's torque values (have Clymer manual). Anything to be real careful about not over/under torquing?
8) Careful when removing brake caliper, leave to rest over a towel on the exhaust.
9) Brake rotor does not need to be removed. Correct?
10) Balancing rear tire. Mine has a weight that clips onto a spoke. Michelin claims their tubes are constructed to help with balancing the tire.
11) Clean off any rust around the valve area. But since new tube with stem going in, any areas to clean off around where the valve inserts into the wheel?
12) Check for rust on the perimeter of the wheel where the tube rests against.
Anything else worth checking or reminding the mechanic about? Shop has experience with sportbikes and chain-driven bikes, so it's removing of the wheel and putting back on that concerns me.
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