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WHEELS, TIRES AND BRAKES
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If the runout exceeds these limits, check the
condition ofthe wheel bearings and install new
ones if worn.
4. Cast wheels cannot be straightened; they
must be replaced if warped or damaged.
CA UTION
Do not attempt to straighten a cast
wheel. The wheels may crack f a force
strong enough to bend them is applied.
Balance
An unbalanced wheel can be unsafe. Balance
weights applied to the light side of the wheel
will correct imbalance. Before attempting to
balance a wheel, detach the drive chain (rear
wheel) and check to make sure that the wheel
bearings are in good condition and properly
lubricated and that the brake does not drag and
keep the wheel from turning freely.
Support the motorcycle with the wheel off
the ground. Spin the wheel and allow it to come
to rest by itself. Mark the part of the wheel at
the bottom and spin it again. Ifit does not come
to rest at the same position, the balance of the
wheel may already be acceptable. If you're
unsure. spin it and check it again. If the wheel
comes to rest at the same position, imbalance is
indicated. In this case, add a weight to the top
of the wheel and spin the wheel to check the
effect.
NOTE
Kawasaki offers weights that can be
crimped on the aluminum rims (Figure
2). You may have to let some air out of
the tire to install this type of weight.
"Tape-A- Weight" or similar adhesive
weights are available at motorcycle or
auto supply stores. These kits contain
test
weights
and
strips
of
adhesive-backed weights that can be cut
to the desired length and attached
direct1.v to the rim.
Begin with the lightest weight and increase
the size as necessary. When the wheel comes to
rest at a different point each time that it is spun,
consider it balanced. Tightly crimp weights
applied to the rim lip so they won't be thrown
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FRONT WHEEL
1. Support the motorcycle with the front wheel
off the ground.
2. Loosen the speedometer cable nut and
disconnect the cable at the wheel (A, Figure 3).
3. On
models with dual front disc brakes,
remove one brake caliper's mounting bolts (B,
Figure 3) and support the caliper to keep
tension off the brake line.
4. Remove the axle nut
(C, Figure 3). then
loosen the pinch nut (Figure 4) and pull out the
front axle.
5. Remove the wheel and speedometer drive
assembly. There is a collar on the right-hand
side of the wheel.
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