I have joined the ranks of Rogue owners who have gone to the Dark Side. I have mounted a Goodyear Assurance Triple Tread 205/60-16 on my 2006 VN 2000 Classic LT.
This article illustrates what’s involved with changing the rear tire. Having the correct tools is important.
- Set of metric wrenches
- Set of metric sockets. Most everything on the bike is 8mm, 10mm, 12mm or 14mm, but the rear axle nut is 27mm. That’s pretty big and usually requires a ½” drive.
- Impact wrench
- Torque wrench
- Small hydraulic lift
This was the state of my old tire. Clearly down to the wear bars – no cords showing or chunks missing, but worn out nonetheless.
I use a Condor bike rack to save space in my garage by keeping the bike upright when parked. It worked very well for holding the bike for the rear tire change as well.
I used a small hydraulic jack to raise the bike.
I had made two of these blocks out of 2×6. They are 22” long and screwed together with decking screws. They’re solid. Before I got the Condor rack, I would use them to hold the bike upright when I changed the oil. They fit perfectly under the frame – one on each side.
For the tire change, I placed one under the bike (with one additional 2×4). I was careful to position it so that the weight of the bike would be on the frame, not the oil pan.
I pulled the gas tank overflow hose outside of the frame so that it wouldn’t get pinched accidentally.
Once in place, I let down the jack. The rear tire was about ½” off the ground. Perfect. First I removed the saddlebags
I had to remove the top muffler so that I could get to the rear axle nut. First I removed the top heat shield which is held on by two hose clamps and one bracket that goes around the muffler.
Once I got the heat shield off I realized that I did not need to remove the pipe clamps completely – just loosen them. They slide into a retaining clip that is welded to the backside of the heat shield. Once loosened, you can slide the pipe clamps away from the clip and the heat shield comes off easily.