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

How To Remove And Install The Rear Tire On Your Dirt Bike

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

  • Socket with a breaker bar
  • Block of wood
  • Wrench for chain adjustment jam nut
  • Wrench for chain adjustment bolt
  • Torque wrench
  • Sharpie marker

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!

Removing Your Rear Wheel

  • Step 1: Count the threads on the chain adjuster bolt & mark that number on the swingarm. This is not a precise measurement, but it will give you a starting point when you install your wheel.
  • Step 2: Back chain adjustment jam nuts out a few turns, then turn the adjuster bolts in a few turns to relieve pressure on the axle blocks.
  • Step 3: Loosen & remove the axle nut and washer.
  • Step 4: Lift your tire, then knock the axle into the swingarm with your piece of wood
  • Step 5: Remove the axle.
    • Do not use a hammer; you will damage the threads!
  • Step 6 & 7: Push your wheel forward to slack the chain, then starting at the top, work your chain off the sprocket, and remove your wheel.
    • Make sure to keep track of your spacers, axle block, washer, and axle nut.
Step 1 - Mark Your Chain Adjustment Position
Step 1 – Mark Your Chain Adjustment Position
Step 2 - Mark The Position On Swingarm
Step 2 – Mark The Position On Swingarm
Step 3 - Remove The Axle Nut And Washer
Step 3 – Remove The Axle Nut And Washer
Step 4 - Knock The Axle Into Swingarm
Step 4 – Knock The Axle Into Swingarm
Step 5 - Remove The Axle
Step 5 – Remove The Axle
Step 6 -Slack The Chain
Step 6 -Slack The Chain
Step 7 - Remove The Chain From Sprocket
Step 7 – Remove The Chain From Sprocket

Installing Your Rear Wheel

  • Step 8: Install the spacers. The larger of the two spacers go on the sprocket side of the wheel.
  • Step 9: Align your wheel, and starting at the bottom, work the chain onto the sprocket.
  • Step 10: Lift your wheel and install the axle.
  • Step 11: Install the axle block with the notch facing up.
  • Step 12: Install the washer and axle nut, hand tight.
  • Step 13: Return the chain tensioner to the position marked earlier. While you’re at it, check your chain tension.
  • Step 14: Match the chain adjuster on the other side.
    • Match the tension bolts as close as you can. A misaligned rear wheel will cause premature wear on the chain, sprocket, swingarm, hub, and is the number one cause of bearing failure, all of which cost money to fix.
  • Step 15: Once your chain tensioners are set, push the axle blocks up to the adjuster bolts, and torque the axle nut to manufacturer specs.
Step 8 - Work Chain Onto Sprocket
Step 8 – Work Chain Onto Sprocket
Step 9 - All The Way On
Step 9 – All The Way On
Step 10 - Install The Axle
Step 10 – Install The Axle
Step 11 - Install The Axle Block
Step 11 – Install The Axle Block
Step 12 - Install The Washer And Axle Nut
Step 12 – Install The Washer And Axle Nut
Step 14 - Check Your Chain Tension
Step 14 – Check Your Chain Tension
Step 13 - Return The Chain Adjustment Bolts
Step 13 – Return The Chain Adjustment Bolts
Step 16 - Torque The Axle Nut To Spec
Step 16 – Torque The Axle Nut To Spec

Remember to take your time, and your bearing replacement will be easy.
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