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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-10-2012, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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2010 thunderbird rear wheel removal ?

Was winterizing the bird when I noticed a screw lodged in my back tire. Left it in as I didnt want the tire to go flat through the winter. But I am thinking now is a good time to take it in and have dealer check it out.

Has anyone or does anyone know the proper way to take off the back tire on the tbird? I have not done this before. Belt placement and anti lock brakes has me concerned. But would also like to save a few bucks and do it myself.

Have not been able to find any videos on youtube showing this.

Is this something I can do myself? Or should it be left to the professionals at $100 an hour.
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I get a service manual before I do any work on my bikes. Plus I would shop for a new tire first as well. But you should be ok to do it yourself.
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Be sure to mark exactly where the tire is currently in terms of wheel alignment and position! There are others on here that have gone through this, and they can certainly tell you the procedure that works for good wheel alignment.

From what I remember of those discussions, the procedure for alignment that is stated in the manual is not accurate (but I could be wrong on this).

As for a replacement tire, you have a small selection to choose from for the rear. I know that the following companies have replacements:

Bridgestone
Dunlop
Metzeler (of course)

Avon makes a 200/55r17 that will fit, but it will throw off your speedometer a bit (some say it actually fixes the the indications such that it shows actual speed, instead of indicating faster than actual).

I am running the Avons front and rear right now, having already gone through two Metzelers, a Bridgestone, and a Dunlop (the second Metzeler and Dunlop both met untimely early ends due to road hazards).

So far the Dunlop had the longest life (it is a dual-compound tire) despite the early end from a big nail. I do have big hopes for the Avon right now though, as it is wearing quite well.

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