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post #1 of 8 Old 03-15-2019, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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So I have changed my rear tire on the zx10 at least a half dozen times already and I think 2 out of the 6 times it went back together smoothly...

What tricks are you guys doing to keep the caliper and spacers in line? The clearance between the swingarm is super tight and doesn't allow for any wiggle room.

I recently purchased a Pit Bull tire wedge which helps one aspect of it. Do you guys angle the wheel a little to get both spacers in? Do you send axle through on caliper side? This is what I'm doing but like I said sometimes it falls together and other times I find myself covered in blood, sweat, and tears!
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Dude, it's hard but I think the best way is to figure out how it works best for you. Then...get captive spacers and a FastFranks setup lol!
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I don't feel I need to throw any more bling on the bike. This rear wheel is a pain in the ass and was just seeing if people have figured out any little tricks to make it a little smoother.

So far ordering a tire wedge has been the best money spent but I am also wondering if because I have used a cheap rear stand in the past if it's allowing the swingarm to cave in just enough to make it even harder.. Not sure if this is happening but I am looking for anything to make this quicker and smoother!

I learned my lesson and finally ordered a Pit Bull so I will see if the extra support helps any..
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CAPTURED SPACERS!!

Otherwise, ive found that rotating the wheel while raising it into place helps.

Its the hardest assembly Ive ever had to deal with.
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I suppose I will crumble here and order captive spacers.. That should eliminate 50% or more of the struggle. Thanks for the tips guys and I will continue down the money pit road lol!
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For a cheaper DIY fix, you could bevel the edge of the spacers, so they slide into place easier without catching.
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For a cheaper DIY fix, you could bevel the edge of the spacers, so they slide into place easier without catching.
I ended up doing that at the track last weekend and it did help but they still would fall out..

I literally just ordered some Driven captive spacers. Pricey and should have made some at work but it's done and now no more spacer falling plus I will have some red anodized bling...
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Dude, it's hard but I think the best way is to figure out how it works best for you. Then...get captive spacers and a FastFranks setup lol!
You win! Captive spacers ordered lol
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