Removing rear wheel
Anyone tried removing the rear wheel yet? It's really a simple process!!! however, that 27mm to 54mm socket adapter that was included in the tool kit was worthless. Believe me, 54mm sockets/wrenches aren't as easy to find as you might think (not cheap either!)
I found the perfect solution and encourage everyone to get one, even if you don't do the work yourself, non-BMW service shops aren't going to have the needed tools if you get stuck somewhere with a flat.
OTC Tools makes a 55mm steel socket that works on a 1/2 inch driver. You can order online at Northern Tool for around 16$ shipped! http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200384628_200384628 or http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/OTC-6612.html (OTC 6612 Wheel Bearing Locknut Socket - 54mm for Toyota. Probably the cheapest right now for $16.00 + shipping. or you can get them at CarQuest or NAPA stores here in the states.
Tee best part is, it works great! and fits under the seat.
Once you have your tools handy and ready:
It is easier to remove the rear wheel with the exhaust removed:
- remove the front bolt from the exhaust clamp near the shifter
- spray the area with your choice of WD40 or any other lubricant
- tape off the painted part of the rear wheel to avoid scratching it
- remove the bolt that holds the exhaust up near the rear foot pedal
- wiggle and pull at the same time or twist the exhaust while pulling to remove it from the header
use a flathead to remove the black wheel nut cover
place the bike in gear
have someone hold the rear brake leaver down or place a weight onto it to hold the rear brake still
YOU MUST USE THE BRAKE TO HOLD THE WHEEL FROM MOVING! NOT FOLLOWING THIS CAN CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR BELT OR TRANSMISSION
break loose the nut with your onboard tool or the OTC socket.
unscrew the nut and notice the DIRECTION and FACING of the spacers
pull the wheel off its hub.