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Offline Old guy

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« on: June 10, 2008, 11:02:00 am »
I am having a set of Pilot GTs installed tomorrow (not at a dealership) and recall previous posts that suggest that the front fender has to be removed to accommodate the installation of the new, somewhat larger tire.  Am I right on this and, if so, are there are special processes that I should pass on to my installer (my brother, who is a licensed,  but not practicing motorcycle mechanic)?    Thanks guys.  

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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2008, 11:12:00 am »
What I did was I got mine mounted and seated the bead with the tires off the bike. Then I let the air out and worked the tire in between the forks.  I didn't remove the fender mounting bolts.  You can do it.  Give it a shot.  
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2008, 11:16:00 am »
It "might" squeeze by if you deflate the tire after seating the bead, but it's really easy enough to just take the bolts out on one side of the fender, then he should have no problem. Tell him to make sure the speedo doo-hickey is lined-up properly before tightening everything up. I've heard some folks like to bounce the front end a couple of times before tightening the axle, it helps to center the wheel/disks. Might want to pull the speedo cable (inside cable) and slap some grease on it. that's about it, he really should have no problems.  Dave Muir  1980 LTD1000 - Rocket  1999 Concours - Rocket II  1997 Dyna - wife's  CT-COG #3649 Merchandise Czar
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2008, 06:15:00 am »
It's pretty darn easy to just remove the fender completely (that's what I did), then the mechanic doesn't have to mess with it at all.  4 bolts, and it's back on (very easy).  
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2008, 08:57:00 am »
One other thing is that those ratchet type wrenches work very well for those fender bolts.  Those things have been a life saver for me!!    I've always just remove two of the bolts for GT installation.  
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2008, 07:59:00 pm »
Mission accomplished. Some struggle breaking the old bead and setting the new one, but all worked out.  Had to remove two fender bolts, but that was a breeze.    Thanks guys.    

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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2008, 09:27:00 pm »
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One other thing is that those ratchet type wrenches work very well for those fender bolts.  Those things have been a life saver for me!!
   Are those the ratcheting/flex/box end wrenches I've been drooling over that you speak of??? ;p    Steve K.  '02 Concours  COG# 6550  AMA# 965469  'No matter where you go, there you are...'  
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