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

Start with your dirt bike on a stand with the rear wheel off the ground.

Related: How The Rear Hub Works On Your Dirt Bike

Removing Your Rear Wheel

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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 1 - Mark Chain Adjustment Posttion
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 2 - Mark Position On Swingarm
Step 3: Loosen & remove the axle nut and washer.Step 3 - Remove 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.

Step 4 - Knock Axle Into Swingarm
Step 5 - Remove Axle
Do not use a hammer; you will damage the threads!Yellow Safety Triangle
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.Step 6 -Slack The ChainStep 7 - Remove Chain From Sprocket
Make sure to keep track of your spacers, axle block, washer, and axle nut.Yellow Safety Triangle

Removing Your Rear Wheel

(Click to Enlarge)
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 1 - Mark Chain Adjustment Posttion
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 2 - Mark Position On Swingarm
Step 3: Loosen & remove the axle nut and washer.Step 3 - Remove 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.

Step 4 - Knock Axle Into Swingarm
Step 5 - Remove Axle
Do not use a hammer; you will damage the threads!Yellow Safety Triangle
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.Step 6 -Slack The ChainStep 7 - Remove Chain From Sprocket
Make sure to keep track of your spacers, axle block, washer, and axle nut.Yellow Safety Triangle

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 8 - Work Chain Onto Sprocket
Step 9 - All The Way On
Step 10: Lift your wheel and install the axle.Step 10 - Install Axle
Step 11: Install the axle block with the notch facing up.Step 11 - Install Axle Block
Step 12: Install the washer and axle nut, hand tight.Step 12 - Install Washer And Axle Nut
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.

Step 14 - Check Chain Tension Step 13 - Return Chain Adjustment Bolts
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.Yellow Safety Triangle
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 16 - Torque To Spec
Remember to take your time, and your bearing replacement will be easy.Yellow Safety Triangle
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