F650GS Front Wheel Removal

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by LillaMan, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. LillaMan

    LillaMan n00b is okay by me.

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    Hello,

    I have a 2010 F650GS and I want to install the fork gaiters I bought from Wunderlich.

    I have two questions for you all:

    1) From experience, what is the best way to suport the bike (before removing the front wheel)?

    2) Is there enough ground clearance, with the wheel removed, to drop out the forks?


    I have a center stand, but unlike the boxers I've owned, the F650GS feels REALLY front heavy. I assume that I can't just remove the wheel and expect the bike to balance on the rear wheel and center stand.

    I look forward to your feedback.

    Jay
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  2. Pomo

    Pomo gonzo

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    1:
    If you're in the garage, use a jack stand or a car jack to support it under the skid plate (or jam a piece of wood between them to protect the oil pan if you don't have a skid plate). You can also use ratchet straps to torque the rear of the bike towards the ground if you have a suitable anchor point.

    In the event you have to pull it off "on the trail", just dump the bike on its side. Or use one of the above methods with a big rock.

    2: I believe there is, though it may be a little close. All I did when I installed my Bitubo's was to stuff a few cinder blocks under my skid plate and pulled all the stuff off of the front without too many issues. I have an F800 rather than the 798, but I don't think the triples are that different.:dunno
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  3. Dadayama

    Dadayama Constant Adventurer

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    When i took my forks off, i put bricks under the engine (skid plate) with the bike on its center stand. Removed forks and did work with no problems.
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  4. LillaMan

    LillaMan n00b is okay by me.

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    Thanks for the responses. I will try my luck this weekend.
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  5. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

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    I find it safer to hang the front from above than to stack stuff under the front. It can't tip over as easily. Piling stuff on the back to keep the front up is second best.
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  6. LillaMan

    LillaMan n00b is okay by me.

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    I installed the gaiters this afternoon.

    Pretty simple actually. Took about an hour, most of the time was spent reinstalling the bodywork that I had removed when I installed the bar risers. Hopefully this mod will increase fork seal service life.

    Here is the result:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/80552748@N06/7480008834/" title="IMG_0110.jpg by jeverett486, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7133/7480008834_a7144396bf_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="IMG_0110.jpg"></a>
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