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    F-Twins Tech - F800GS Front Wheel Removal

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    Removing and reinstalling the front wheel on your BMW F800GS



    Note 1: The specific bike shown is a 2013 F800GS
    Note 2: The tools and materials used are by personal choice and are not due to any affiliation with any brand


    Tools Required:
    - T30 star (Torx) bit
    - T45 star (Torx) bit
    - E12 external star (External Torx) socket
    - 17mm socket
    - Ratchet(s) that fit the above
    - Torque wrench
    - Suitable way to raise the front wheel and keep the bike steady.
    Last edited by drneo66; 02-10-2021 at 10:36 PM.
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    If your bike is equipped with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), begin by using your T30 to remove the bolt that holds on the ABS sensor to the fork (noted by the red arrow). This is a sensitive electronic part, so care should be taken. The sensor does not have to be completely removed from the housing, it sensor just needs to be pushed back far enough so that the wheel/rim does not damage it as we remove the wheel.

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    Using your 17mm socket, loosen (but do not remove) the axe bolt on the clutch side of the motorcycle (indicated by the red arrow). Then using the T45 star bit, loosen the four axle pinch bolts (two on the clutch side and two on the throttle side) as indicated by the green arrows.

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    Using a suitable way to raise the front wheel of the bike, lift the front wheel. In this case, we are using a motorcycle lift underneath the bike's bash plate, with the rear of the bike secured. A car jack or bottle jack may work for you. Please make sure that however you lift the bike up, it's done safely!

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    I find that it's easiest to use the nearly-unscrewed 17mm bolt on the clutch side of the bike to push the axle out towards the throttle side of the bike. This exposes enough of the axle to remove it all the way by hand. Be careful to support the front tire as you gently remove the front axle as not to damage the bearing seals.

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    Note that the clutch side of the bike contains a spacer that may stay in place as you remove the wheel. Most of the time, in my experience, it falls out and tends to roll under the farthest depths of your workspace. This spacer should be inspected, making sure there isn't any pitting on the metal surface. New spacers should be purchased if there is deep pitting.


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