Unlike most motorcycles, Suzuki's Boulevard-series C50 cruiser uses a unique two-part swingarm, consisting of a cover and the actual the forklike structure that supports the rear wheel and driveshaft. While this design is beneficial when servicing the driveshaft, it complicates the task of removing the rear wheel for routine tire changes. Once the wheel has been extracted from the motorcycle, the tire can be removed easily. Although it may seem difficult, the task can be completed at home using basic hand tools, with the allowance of additional time to disassemble the swingarm.
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Things you need
- 5-mm Allen key
- 12, 14 and 22-mm sockets
- Socket wrench
- Service stand
- 22-mm wrench
- Schrader valve wrench
- Tire irons
Unlock the left, upper side cover with the ignition key, then pull the cover away from the motorcycle. Unscrew the bolts that secure the left, lower side cover to the left frame support with a 5-mm Allen key. Pull the cover away from the left frame support.
Locate the bolts that secure the swingarm cover to the left side of the swingarm, positioned above the left side of the rear wheel. Remove the swingarm cover's bolts with a 14-mm socket. Follow the swingarm cover's support to the motorcycle's frame. Remove the support's bolts with a 14-mm socket, then pull the swingarm cover away from the motorcycle.
Raise the rear wheel off the ground, using a service stand. Remove the cottar pin from the back of the torque link rod, using pliers. Push the clevis pin out of the torque link rod and the brake drum's housing. Pull the torque link rod away from the brake drum. Unscrew the adjustment nut from the brake rod, using a 12-mm socket. Pull the brake rod out of the brake drum's lever.
Remove the cottar pin from the right side of the rear axle, using pliers. Unscrew the rear axle's locknut with a 22-mm wrench. Unscrew the rear axle from the left side of the rear wheel, using a 22-mm socket. Pull the axle out of the left side of the swingarm and rear wheel.
Pull the rear wheel to the right of the motorcycle, until it is completely removed from the driveshaft's hub. Lower the wheel to the ground and away from the motorcycle. Remove the tyre's valve core with a Schrader valve wrench and deflate the tire. Remove the tire from the rear wheel with tire irons.
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