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N'HEELS, TIRES AND BRAKES
197
REAR WHEEL
Removal/Installation
(Drum Brake)
WARNING
When removing wheels with d r u m
brakes or when working on drum brakes,
be extremelv careful not to inhale any of
the dust .from the brake linings. 7'he
brake linings cconrain asbestos fiber;
asbestos has been connected with lung
scarring and cancer. Do not use
cornpressed air
1 0
clean the drum or
linings. Dump a n y dust onto a
newspaper and dispose of it in the trash.
Uhsh your hands after handling the
bruke parts.
1. Support the motorcycle with the rear wheel
off the ground.
2. Remove the safety clip and remove the rear
brake anchor nut and lockwasher (A, Figure
10). Disconnect the anchor from the brake
backing plate.
3.
Unscrew the brake adjuster nut (B. Figure
10).
4. Remove the cotter pin and the axle nut (C,
Figure 10) and pull out the axle.
5. Loosen the chain play adjuster locknuts (D,
Figure 10) and the adjusters. Kick the rear
wheel forward far enough to free the drive
chain from the rear sprocket.
6. Remove the axle nut and pull out the axle.
7. Remove the wheel and brake assembly.
There is a long spacer on the right side of the
brake drum and a short spacer on the left side of
the sprocket coupling.
8.
To disassemble the wheel hub, see Figure 11
and refer to
Wheel Bearlngs and Seals
in this
chapter.
9. To install, reverse the removal steps. Note
the following:
lnspeci the wheel coupling damper (A,
Figure 12) and install a new one if worn.
Inspect the hub O-ring and grease it (B,
Figure 12).
Clean any oil or dirt from the brake drum
with a non-oily solvent.
Make sure the brake rod spring is in place
before you connect the rod to the brake
arm.
e. Adjust drive chain play. brake pedal play,
and rear brake light switch operation as
described in Chapter Three.
f. T o center the brakc shoes in the drum,
tighten the axle nut lightly. spin the wheel
and apply the brake forcefully. then
torque the axle nut as specified in Table3.
Install a new cotter pin and spread its
ends.
g. Torque the brake anchor nut as specified
in Table
3.
h. After the wheel is installed, spin it to
make sure it turns freely and apply the
brake several times to make sure the
brake is working properly.
Removal/Installation
(Disc Brake)
1. Support the motorcycle with the rear wheel
off the ground.
2.
Loosen the rear brake caliper anchor bolt
(Figure 13) and free the brake line from its
guides on the swing arm.
3.
Remove the cotter pin and loosen the axle
nut (C. Figure 10).
4. Loosen the chain play adjuster locknuts (D,
Figure 10) and the adjusters. Kick the rear
wheel forward far enough to free the drive
chain from the rear sprocket.
5. Remove the axle nut and pull out the axle
while holding the caliper up. There is a long
spacer on the right-hand side ofthecaliper. and
a short spacer on the left side of the sprocket
coupling.
6. Remove the rear wheel.
CA C'TION
Do not set the wheel do~tw on the brake
disc surface. It m a y get warped or
scratched.
NOTE
Insert the axle back through the suing
arm and calrper or tie the caliper up to
keep stress o f t h e brake hose.
NOTE
You m a y want to insert a piece of wood
in the caliper in place of the disc.
I f
the
brake pedal is accidentallj~ pushed the
calrper piston could be dislocated, which
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