Question about 2008 Harley Davidson FLHR Road king
To remove the wheels, you remove the axles. Make sure you mark or make a drawing of where the spacers go.
On the front wheel, it is advisable to remove brake calipers by removing the two bolts that hold each one on the lower fork slider. This makes it easier to get the wheel back on but it's not absolutely necessary.
On the rear wheel, you may have to remove part of the exhaust system to get the axle out. Once you have the axle out, you cal lower the wheel move it slightly forward. Take the belt guards off and you can work the belt from around the pulley. Do not bend the belt into a radius of less than 4" or you'll damage the inner strands of the belt and cause premature breakage.
To adjust the belt tension, you need to have the belt adjusted so there there is 1/2" of up and down play when you apply 10 pounds of pressure to the bottom of the belt. Harley sells and inexpensive gauge for doing this job. The rear wheel must be in alignment with the swingarm. I'm not sure if the road king has the dimple in the side of the swingarm or not like the Wide Glide does. Harley is so bad about changing this type of thing that it's almost impossible to keep up with. Just make sure the adjuster bolts on the end of the swingarm are the same length when you get the belt tension correct. Tighten the axle nuts when finished.
Front axle torque - 50-60 ft. lbs.
Rear axle torque - 60-70 ft. lbs.
Posted on Oct 03, 2010
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