Fl Removing And Installing

Block motorcycle under frame until front wheel is clear of ground. Disassemble in following order:

DRUM BRAKE MODELS (Figure 2-5)

Wheels may be removed as necessary for wheel or tire service. When removing a wheel, apply brake to hold drum securely while pulling wheel from drum. When detached from drums, Electra-Glide wheels are interchangeable.

Remove the cotter pin (1), axle nut (2) and flat washer (3). Remove the five wheel mounting socket screws (5). Loosen the two slider cap nuts (6) and remove axle (4). Remove front wheel, leaving the brake drum in its place over the brake shoes.

When replacing the wheel, assemble in reverse order. Important: Clamping faces on wheel hub and brake drum must be clean so that wheel will be true and tight against brake drum when socket screws are tightened. Securely tighten wheel mounting socket screws (5) to 35 ft-lbs torque. Tighten alternate screws so that brake drum is drawn evenly onto wheel. Tighten axle nut (2) to 50 ft-lbs torque, and then tighten the two slider cap nuts (6) to 11 ft-lbs torque. This will ensure correct alignment of fork sides.

1. Cotter pin

2. Axle nut

3. Flat washer

4. Front axle

5. Wheel mounting screws

6. Slider cap nuts

7. Slider cap

Figure 2-5. Front Wheel - FL (1971 and Earlier)

DISC BRAKE MODELS (Figure 2-6)

1. Brake clevis pin

2. Axle nut

Figure 2-7. Front Wheel - FX (1972 and Earlier)

1. Brake clevis pin

2. Axle nut

3. Axle nut lockwasher

4. Brake anchor and centering capscrew

5. Brake anchor and centering capscrew lockwasher

6. Front axle pinch bolt

7. Front wheel axle

Figure 2-7. Front Wheel - FX (1972 and Earlier)

DISC BRAKE MODELS (Figure 2-6)

Remove the cotter pin (1) and castle nut (2) or nut (2) and lockwasher (2A). Remove flat washer (3). Loosen the two slider cap nuts (4) and remove axle (5). The front wheel is now free to come out.

1. Cotter pin (1972)

2. Axle nut 2A. Lockwasher

3. Flat washer

4. Cap nuts

5. Axle

6. Bleed fitting

7. Brake disc mounting screws

8. Brake disc

9. Brake caliper

Figure 2-6. Front Wheel - FL (1972 and Later)

CAUTION — Do not operate the front brake lever when the front wheel is removed because the brake caliper piston may be forced out, requiring disassembly of the brake system to get it properly reseated.

When replacing the wheel, reverse the removal procedure. Align the brake pads while installing the wheel so that brake disc goes between the pads. Tighten axle nut (2) to 50 ft-lbs torque maximum.

FX - REMOVING AND INSTALLING - 1972 AND EARLIER (Figure 2-7)

Raise front end of motorcycle high enough to permit removing wheel; support motorcycle by suitable blocking underneath frame. Disconnect brake control by removing brake clevis pin (1). Remove axle nut (2), and axle nut lockwasher (3). Remove brake anchor and shoe centering bolt (4), and lockwasher (5). Loosen axle pinch bolt (6). With a soft hammer loosen axle (7) and remove from hub and fork assembly. Remove front wheel and brake assembly complete.

To reinstall front wheel and brake assembly, reverse the disassembly procedure. Tighten axle nut to 50 ft-lbs torque. Center brake shoes as described in "Adjusting Front Wheel Brake." Inject one ounce of "Grease-All" grease into the wheel hub. Spin wheel, to make sure it turns freely.

FX - REMOVING AND INSTALLING - 1973 (Figure 2-8)

Support motorcycle underneath frame with front wheel raised. Remove axle nut (1) and axle nut lockwasher (2). Loosen slider cap nuts (3). With a soft hammer tap left end of axle (4) to loosen it and start it out. Pull axle (4) out of fork assembly. Remove front wheel assembly and speedometer drive. To reinstall, reverse above procedure. Align the brake pads while installing the wheel so that the brake disc goes between caliper (7) pads. Be sure speedometer drive (5) ear engages hole in wheel hub when installed. Securely tighten axle nut (1) (50 ft-lbs torque maximum) and then tighten the two slider cap nuts (3) to 11 ft-lbs torque. This will ensure correct alignment of the fork sides.

FX - REMOVING AND INSTALLING - 1974 TO 1977 (Figure 2-9)

Support motorcycle underneath frame with front wheel raised. Remove brake caliper mounting bolt (1), washers (2) and locknut (3). Remove axle nut (4), lockwasher (5) and washer (6). Loosen slider cap nuts (7). With a soft hammer tap left end of axle (8) to loosen it and start it out. Pull axle (8) out of fork assembly. Remove front wheel assembly and speedometer drive (9). To reinstall, reverse above procedure. Align the brake pads while installing the wheel so that the brake disc goes between caliper (10) pads. Be sure speedometer drive (9) ear engages hole in wheel hub when installed. Securely tighten axle nut (4) (50 ft-lbs) exercising care not to over-tighten, and then tighten the two slider cap nuts (7) to 11 ft-lbs torque. This will ensure correct alignment of the fork sides.

1. Axle nut

2. Lockwasher

3. Cap nuts

4. Axle

5. Speedometer drive

6. Brake disc

7. Caliper

8. Bleed fitting

1. Caliper mounting bolt 7. Axle slider cap nuts

3. Locknut

4. Axle nut

5. Axle lockwasher

6. Axle washer

8. Axle

9. Speedometer drive

10. Caliper

11. Brake disc

12. Bleeder fitting

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