5 Steps to Removing a Motorcycle Front Wheel

Removing a motorcycle front wheel is relatively easy and once you get the hang of it, it won’t take you more than a few minutes to remove and replace the front tires of your motorbike. To get started, here is what you need to do.


Step 1 – Put the Motorcycle in Position

Strap down the back of the bike to hold it in place then put the jack under the front frame of your motorcycle to left the front wheel up. When lifting up the motorcycle, make sure that it is in the right level to give you easy access to the front wheel. See to it that the motorcycle is also in a secure and safe position to avoid accidents.

Step 2 – Loosen the Front Clamp

The front wheel of your motorcycle is held by a clamp. Find the clamp, loosen it and then spin the wheel. Spinning the wheel will give you an idea if you need to adjust the position of the motorcycle to give you easy access to the front axle and the brake caliper. If you cannot spin the wheel properly, jack up the motorcycle a bit more. Repeat the process until you can spin the wheel comfortably.

Step 3 – Remove the Brake Caliper

Locate the axle nut and the brake caliper of your motorcycle. You will need to remove the caliper first before you can remove the axle. To remove the caliper, loosen up the mount bolt to get to the brake calipers out. When removing the bolts that are holding the calipers in place, start with the bottom bolts and then the upper bolts. Hold the caliper firm in your hand while to remove the upper bolts to prevent the caliper from falling to the ground.

After removing the caliper, slide out the brake discs from inside the caliper and inspect them for signs of wear and tear. Weak or damaged disc should be replaced. When checking the discs, pay close attention to the brake pads and make sure that the pads are not less than 1/8 inches thick. If the brake pads are already less than 1/8 thick you need to change them to keep your brakes working properly.

Step 4 – Remove the Front Axle

To remove the axle, loosen up the axle pinch bolts with the use of your adjustable wrench. Once the axle pinch bolts are loose, jack the bike up a bit more to make it easier for you to slide off the axle. After lifting up your motorcycle, slide the axle and remove it completely. When sliding the axle out, watch out for the wheel spacers. The wheel spacers often come in two sizes and then usually come off as you move the axle out of its place so be ready to catch them before they fall off to the ground.

Step 5 – Lift the Wheel Out

After removing the axle, you may now remove the front wheel of your motorcycle by simply lifting it off.

For motorcycle maintenance parts and more, shop with our sponsor partspitstop.com