I'm about to change my front tire for the first time. According to the knowledgebase, you need a floor jack to crank the bike up onto. I'm not familiar with jacks, so could someone please recommend one that will do the job? Can I get a cheap one like this? Thanks!
how about a piece of wood under the center stand to elevate it an inch or two, and a bent over nail in it, use a tie down strap to pull the rear of the bike down and the front comes up enough to get you into more than enough trouble
There is only about 25 lbs on the front wheel, when Burgie is on centerstand.
You can easily use blocks of 2x6 piled to suitable height, slide under the belly pan, you can lift the front end at the nose, with your hands
Heck a small pop crate will do as well. No need to spend $$$$ on a jack.
Just changed mine about a week ago, simple. I stack the 2x6 then weight the rear down to the ground.
I only remove 1 side of the disc brakes (I can not get both sides to line up exactely when reassembly), I can get one side to line up easily on reassembly.
Don't forget to check the brake pads for wear while you are in there.
Aside: I have new bearings (sealed on both sides) pressed in by local machine shop every time I change front tires. I know it is overkill, but great piece of mind. Don't forget to take the axle with you to the machine shop so they can get it exactely right.
Cheap floor jack---mine 25 years old from Sears---Harbour Freight probably has the cheapest. For wood I have 12' x 12" piece of plywood----spreads the weight on the expensive but weak under plastic..
I only raise enought to get wheel out---extra weight in top box, rear parking brake on, rear wheel also blocked with piece of wood----of course bike on center stand-----I am extra careful as scooter rolling off stand or falling off jack---lots of expensive plastic could be broken. Remove front fender can make easier.
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