How To Remove & Install The Front Wheel On Your Dirt Bike

How To Remove And Install The Front Wheel On Your Dirt Bike

How To Remove & Install The Front Wheel On Your Dirt BikeTools You Will Need For Your Front Wheel

  • Socket for the axle nut
  • Socket for the pinch bolts
  • Socket brake caliper
  • Large ratchet or breaker bar
  • Torque wrench
  • Block of wood
  • Pliers

Pre-Service Notes

  • Put your bike on a sturdy stand.
  • If you need parts and tools, make sure to buy them here!
  • Pictures with captions are after the steps below.
  • If you need any help don’t hesitate to ask!

Rear Wheel Removal

  • Step 1: Unbolt your brake caliper from the fork and hang it out of the way. You don’t need to do this, but it makes installing your wheel much simpler.
  • Step 2: Loosen & remove the axle nut.
  • Step 3: Loosen the pinch bolts, but don’t remove them.
  • Step 4: Use your block of wood to punch the axle into the hub.
  • Step 5: Pull out the axle.
    • DO NOT USE A HAMMER TO REMOVE THE AXLE!
  • Step 6: Pull up on your wheel to relieve the weight on the axle. Finish pulling your axle out of the hub with your pliers.
    • When you pull the wheel away from the forks, make sure the hub spacers come with it.
Step 1 - Unbolt the brake caliper from the fork
Step 1 – Unbolt the brake caliper from the fork
Step 2 - Loosen and remove the axle nut.
Step 2 – Loosen and remove the axle nut.
Step 3 - Loosen the pinch bolts, but do not remove them.
Step 3 – Loosen the pinch bolts, but do not remove them.
Step 4 - Use your block of wood to knock the axle out of the mounts.
Step 4 – Use your block of wood to knock the axle out of the mounts.
Step 5 - Pull the axle out.
Step 5 – Pull the axle out.
Step 6 - Pull up on the wheel to relieve the pressure on the axle.
Step 6 – Pull up on the wheel to relieve the pressure on the axle.

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Rear Wheel Installation

  • Step 7: Clean every part of the wheel & hub before you install them. If you have some grease, apply a thin layer to every part you can.
  • Step 8: Align your wheel hub with the forks and install the axle. Make sure to install the hub spacers if you removed them.
  • Step 9: Install & torque the axle nut.
  • Step 10: Torque the pinch bolts on the axle nut side first.
  • Step 11: Re-install the brake caliper.
  • Step 12: Take your dirt bike off the stand and compress the front forks a few times. This will allow the forks to align themselves to the axle.
    • This is a very important step; misaligned forks will bind and potentially cause severe damage.
  • Step 13: Torque the pinch bolts on the opposite side of the axle nut.
  • Remember to take your time, and your bearing replacement will be easy.
Step 7 - Wipe down every part of the wheel and hub before you install them
Step 7 – Wipe down every part of the wheel and hub before you install them
Step 8 - Align your wheel hub with the fork and install the axle.
Step 8 – Align your wheel hub with the fork and install the axle
Step 9 - Install and torque the axle nut.
Step 9 – Install and torque the axle nut.
Step 10 - Tighten the pinch bolts on the axle nut side first.
Step 10 – Tighten the pinch bolts on the axle nut side first.
Step 11 - Install the brake caliper.
Step 11 – Install the brake caliper.
Step 12 - Take your bike off the stand and compress the front forks several times.
Step 12 – Take your bike off the stand and compress the front forks several times.
Step 13 - Torque the pinch bolts on the opposite side the axle nut.
Step 13 – Torque the pinch bolts on the opposite side the axle nut.

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