Removing front wheel on 6th Gen

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    I just acquired a 2007 Anniversary Edition bike and need to replace both front and rear tires. I'd expect to dismount the brake calipers to make front wheel removal easier. When I do, should I plan to insert a thin wooden wedge between the brake pads to avoid having the pads close because the rotor isn't keeping them apart, or is that unnecessary? Is there a good explanation of the wheel removal process in the archives here? Thanks for your advice.
     
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    Nope, unless you plan on pulling the brake levers it doesn't matter
     
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    The calipers shouldn't move the pads closer together when the wheel is off, BUT my wheel always goes back on just a bit easier if I spread the pads a bit before I put it back in place. Otherwise you will touch the edge of a pad with a rotor and move it, closing the gap so the rotor won't fit between the pads. I also put a block of some sort between the brake lever and the grip and put a cable tie around the whole thing to hold it in place. Make sure it's big enough to prevent the lever from moving at all.
     
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    as mentioned above, spread them apart a bit, but do it before removal. After you unbolt them, before sliding off the rotor, give them a bit of a twist, using the rotor as the tool to push the pads in. Reason being, ,many people will use a screwdriver or some other tool they have and any grease/oil on the tool can contaminate the pads. When twisting the calipers, don't twist inward or outward of the disc, but rather in a way that one side of the disc pushes on one pad and the other side the other pad.
    This will almost guarantee easy installation of the calipers
     
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    Don't know if this helps, but I threw this together few years back on an old forum. Would've put up a link, but the pics don't show unless you're registered.
     

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    I like the suggestion of using the rotor to push the pistons back a bit. Will add that to my repertoire. Certainly better than my usual method of getting a big screwdriver in there.

    I'd also suggest that when pulling the calipers off, that would be a good time to be greasing the sliding caliper pins, as these calipers need the sliding action to move freely to give their best.
     
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    I used to use a big flat blade as well, but didn't like the marring of the pad surface. ;-)
     
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    Never could figure out why people go to such ridiculous lengths to accomplish something so simple. Use your bean, you were born with it.
     
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    You should be able to find that at any tool store that sells automotive repair tools. I remember seeing one when I worked at KMS Tools. I thought about buying one but thought I have had that front wheel off and on enough without special tools, I didn't see the need to purchase one. Both the service manual and my Haynes Manual are pretty good a directing you to take the wheel on and off.
     
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    Thanks to all of you for your help and advice. I have the Haynes manual now, so with your input and the book, I am confident in getting it done without breaking anything big.
     
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    If I recall, the Haynes Manual recommends tying the calipers to a spot on the forks to avoid putting too much strain on the connectors of the brake fluid lines I think this is an important step and should not be dismissed.
     
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    Yup, I hang mine with a loop of mule tape (don't know if that's the actual name, but that's what I know it as).
     
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