How Do I Remove the Rear Tire on Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Punctures, dry rot and extreme wear are the main causes necessitating the removal of a rear tire from a Vehicles cruiser motorcycle. While the procedure to remove the tire from the Vehicles wheel is fairly straightforward, removing the wheel itself can present a problem Vehicles a mechanic who is unfamiliar with the workings of a shaft-driven motorcycle. Unlike the system used by a chain-driven motorcycle, a shaft-drive uses a splined mechanism to turn the rear wheel, allowing the wheel to be pulled off the splines and making the task easier to accomplish than it would appear.

Under The Hood:

 How Do I Remove the Rear Tire on a Honda VTX 1300?

Loosen the rear axle's lock nut with a 19 mm socket. Loosen the rear brake caliper's stopper bolt on the right side of the swingarm near rear shock absorber with a 12 mm socket.

Lift the rear wheel off the ground using a rear stand or lift. Remove the rear axle lock nut with a 19 mm socket. Remove the stopper bolt with a 12 mm socket. Remove the hose clamp bolt from the top of the rear brake caliper with a 10 mm socket and pull the hose clamp away from the caliper.

Loosen the right muffler's exhaust clamp with a 10 mm socket. Remove the pair of bolts and washers from the end of the muffler with a 12 mm socket. Pull the muffler away from its mounting brackets to create additional clearance for the rear wheel and swingarm.

Tap the rear axle out of the swingarm and rear wheel with a rubber mallet. Pull the rear brake caliper out from between the wheel and the swingarm. Suspend the caliper from the swingarm with a bungee cord. Pull the rear wheel to the right to disengage it from the shaft drive mechanism. Remove the collars from both sides of the wheel.

Set the wheel onto a pair of wood blocks, facing the brake disk upward. Unscrew the valve core from the wheel using a Schrader valve wrench and allow the tire to deflate. Break the tire's seal with a bead-breaking clamp and push the tire away from the upper edge of the wheel.

Insert a pair of tire irons into the gap between the tire and the wheel. Press the tire irons down to lift a portion of the tire off the wheel. Reposition one of the tire irons and press down to lift more of the tire off the wheel. Repeat until the tire is attached by its lower portion to the wheel.

Lift the wheel onto its side and secure it between your knees. Slip a tire iron under the tire and hook it over the edge of the wheel. Pull the tire iron towards you until the tire pops off the wheel.

Items you will need

  • 10, 12 and 19 mm sockets

  • Socket wrench

  • Rear stand or lift

  • Wood blocks

  • Schrader valve wrench

  • Bead-breaking clamp

  • Tire irons

 How to Remove a Rear Tire on a Honda Helix

Raise the Honda Helix with the motorcycle jack. The rear tire needs to be off of the ground. Locate the securing nut and axle on the rear tire.

Remove the securing nut from the axle using the pliers. Disconnect the rear shocks from the rear axle by pulling them away from the axle. Place the securing nut in a safe place.

Remove the rear axle bolt from the frame by tapping the axle bolt with the hammer. Once the axle comes out the other side, pull the axle bolt from the rear tire.

Pull the rear tire off of the frame.

Items you will need

  • Motorcycle jack

  • Pliers

  • Hammer

 How do I Remove the Rear Tire from a Suzuki Boulevard C50?

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 cotter 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 cotter pin from the right side of the rear axle, using pliers. Unscrew the rear axle's lock nut 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 drive-shaft's hub. Lower the wheel to the ground and away from the motorcycle. Remove the tire's valve core with a Schrader valve wrench and deflate the tire. Remove the tire from the rear wheel with tire irons.

Items you will need

  • 5-mm Allen key

  • 12, 14 and 22-mm sockets

  • Socket wrench

  • Service stand

  • Pliers

  • 22-mm wrench

  • Schrader valve wrench

  • Tire irons