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Just out of curiosity, is there any way to dismount the front wheel from a 919 that *doesn't* involve removing a caliper?

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Just out of curiosity, is there any way to dismount the front wheel from a 919 that *doesn't* involve removing a caliper?
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Not true. If you remove the fender and have the axle out, you can rotate the lower fork legs so the calipers will clear the rim.

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Not true. If you remove the fender and have the axle out, you can rotate the lower fork legs so the calipers will clear the rim.
THAT is too simple and brilliant for me to have ever thought of such a thing !
I'll use that trick when I put the 919 to sleep for winter, which is always a wheels off affair.

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removing the calipers is easier... two easy big bolts, vs 4 things you gotta line up etc.

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removing the calipers is easier... two easy big bolts, vs 4 things you gotta line up etc.
Have you tried it ?
The only issue I see is brake pad clearance at time of wheel refitment, but a bit of spreading should take care of that.
I'm going to try and do a compare and decide on ongoing method to use.

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Have you tried it ?
The only issue I see is brake pad clearance at time of wheel refitment, but a bit of spreading should take care of that.
I'm going to try and do a compare and decide on ongoing method to use.
I've never done it but think it should work. I always just remove the calipers.

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I've never done it but think it should work. I always just remove the calipers.
Hmm, never seen a duff suggestion from you yet.
So I'm going to try it.
I will report back when it's wheel off time.

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Not true. If you remove the fender and have the axle out, you can rotate the lower fork legs so the calipers will clear the rim.
I saw this while watching one of the AMA races on TV (they have inverted forks so the fender didn't need to come off). They did exactly what rickard said and had the front wheel off and a new one on in a few seconds. I must have hit the instant replay and re-watched in slow motion 4-5 times trying to figure out how they did it so quickly and effortlessly....
It makes perfect sense, but there's very little clearance between the caliper and the rim when clearing the rotor - so I don't see how it's possible to do without the calipers chewing up the paint/powdercoat on the wheel. They probably don't worry about that though.

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i buy a big extra bonus can of brake cleaner,
then when you get the caliper in your hand......
also around the mounts and discs too.
might as well hose down the back while your at it.
$5 well spent.

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You don't have to remove the calipers. Just press the inside pad down as far as it will go. This allows clearance to rotate the forks outwards. Done it many times.

Pressing that pad inwards is key, provides just that little bit of extra wiggle room. Makes sliding the rotors back into the calipers a lot easier, too.

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