The GS500F is the latest incarnation of Suzuki's famous GS series of motorcycles. The GS offers race bike styling and is easy to ride, making it attractive to new riders. The GS500F is also easier to maintain than purebred sport models, allowing its owner to perform a majority of the routine tasks necessary to keep the bike at its peak. However, tire replacement is a commonly misunderstood procedure for the untrained rider. Luckily, with a few tools, nearly anyone can remove and change the GS500's rear tire.
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Things you need
- Breaker bar
- Socket wrench and sockets
- Swing arm stand
- Tire irons
- Soap and water
Remove the cottar pin from the rear axle with a pair of pliers. Use a breaker bar to loosen the rear axle nut, but do not remove it yet.
Lift the rear end of the motorcycle off of the ground with a swing arm stand.
Loosen the chain adjusters on both sides of the swing arm with a socket wrench and push the rear wheel towards the front of the motorcycle to loosen the chain. Slip the chain off the rear wheel's sprocket.
Remove the rear axle nut and pull the axle out from the swing arm and rear wheel. Take note of the order and locations of the spacers and washers on both sides of the rear wheel.
Roll the wheel away from the motorcycle and place it on a pair of wooden blocks with the brake rotor facing downwards. Remove the valve core with a core removal tool and allow the tire to deflate.
Break the tyre's bead with a bead breaker and push the tire downward. Insert a pair of tire irons between the tire and the wheel, placing one in an 11 o'clock position and the other at 1 o'clock. Press down on the tire irons to stretch the tire over the rim. Remove the 1 o'clock tire iron and place it in the 3 o'clock position. push down firmly to stretch the tire over the rim. Repeat until the first lip of the tire has been removed.
Push the remaining lip of the tire against the edge of the rim. Insert a tire iron between the tire and rim and push firmly until the tire pops off the rim.
Lubricate the rim with soapy water and slip the edge of the new tire over the rim. Stretch the first lip of the tire over the rim using a tire iron. Press the tire downward until the remaining lip touches the rim. Pull the tire onto the rim with a tire iron.
Set the tyre's bead by inflating the tire with an air compressor. Two loud pops will indicate that the bead has set. Allow the tire to deflate slightly and insert the valve core. Reinflate the tire to a recommended tire pressure and reinstall the wheel on the motorcycle.
Tips and warnings
- Do not attempt this task if you lack the necessary tools; have the work performed by a properly equipped technician instead.
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