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Remove/Replace the Front Wheel GT/GTS/LX/S/ET
While removing and replacing the rear wheel of a modern Vespa requires removal of approximately half of the bike's parts, the front wheel is cake:

The front wheel on a Vespa GT/GTS/LX/S/ET is held on by five Allen head cap screws. Removal and replacement is just like on a car:

1. With the front wheel on the ground, loosen the wheel bolts with a 6mm Allen wrench. (The screws might be difficult to loosen if they've never been removed. You eliminate any chance of knocking the bike over this way.)

2. Once you've loosened the bolts you'll need to raise the front wheel off the ground. I lifted the front of the bike by the handgrips while a helper slid a stack of 2x4s under the floorboard. A scissor jack from a car would also work, but I didn't have one handy. Another easy way is to remove the pet carrier bucket and slide it underneath when you pull up on the bars.

3. Spin the screws out of their holes, and remove the wheel. As I said, this is just like removing the wheel on a car. There's nothing else to remove or adjust. The screws will have at least one, possibly two washers. DON'T LOSE THEM. Keep them on the screws to make sure you don't.

4. Installation is the reverse of removal: while the bike rests on its rear wheel, place the front wheel on the hub and line up the holes with the threaded holes in the hub.

5. Spin each screw in by hand (so you don't cross-thread them), then tighten LIGHTLY with a t-handled Allen wrench. It's a good idea to use anti-seize on the threads.

6. Remove whatever you were using to hold the front wheel up and allow it to rest on the ground.

7. Tighten each of the screws to 20-25 Nm (15-18 ft/lbs). This is hand tight with the t-handled Allen wrench. DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN! Tighten the screws in a star pattern, just as you would with a car wheel.

If only the rear wheel were as easy...

Article by orino
Last Updated Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:57 am
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