How To Remove & Install Rear Wheel – Harley Davidson Softail

How To Remove & Install Rear Wheel - Harley Davidson Softail

This is a step by step instructional video on how to remove and reinstall the rear wheel on a Harley Davidson Softail that came from the factory with a 200mm rear tire. While I’m working on a 2006 Night Train (FXSTBI), other year & model Harley’s came with this configuration (see below). This job seems fairly straight forward, but it is anything but. There are quite a few pit-falls you need to watch out for and ultimately can be a P.I.T.A. especially if it is your first time. I’ll cover various tips & tricks to make this job quick & easy. With a little practice you can have this job done in less then hour, even if you take your time.

2006 was the first year that Harley Davidson came out with a motorcycle with a 200mm rear tire from the factory. At that time it included the Night Train (FXSTB & FXSTBI), Standard (FXST & FXSTI), and Springer (FXSTS & FXSTSI) models. Later on the Cross Bones (FLSTSB & FLSTSBI), Fat Boy (FLSTF & FLSTFI) and Fat Boy Lo (FLSTFB & FLSTFBI) came out with this size rear tire. There may be other models that I’m not aware of that came this rear tire. The Fat Boy & Fat Boy Lo are still in production with this 200mm rear tire as of 2014.

How To Remove & Install Front Wheel – Harley Davidson Softail:

My “’06 Harley Night Train (FXSTBI) Repair & Maintenance” Playlist:

The information in this video is for educational purposes only. Pet Rock assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this video. Use the information in this video at your own risk. Pet Rock recommends safe practices when working with power tools, automotive lifts, lifting tools, jack stands, electrical equipment, blunt instruments, chemicals, lubricants, or any other tools or equipment seen or implied in this video. Any injury, damage or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment, or the information contained in this video is the sole responsibility of the user and not Pet Rock.
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I love anything to do with Harley Davidson and have two beautiful children and a beautiful partner. In my spare time i like building websites and love anything to do with the internet.


  1. Thank you for making and posting this video. If i couldn't learn and do these types of repairs myself, I wouldn't be able to ride nearly as much!

  2. That strip isn't called virgin tire it's called a chicken strip 🙂 all joking aside thanks for the video man. Nice horse BTW

  3. Thanks for the excellent video!! Very informative. Really appreciate the step by step explanation!! I'm not a Gear head or a bike wrench but I do like to attempt to do stuff on my bike. Thanks again!

  4. My 2001 FLSTF does not have bolts holding the caliper to the bike. It has a ring on the end of the caliper that the axle goes through. I did pull the pins and yank the old pad out. Even though the pads were at half life I replaced them. Hey for a 20 dollar bill you might as well change the pads while you have the bike apart instead of having the pull the whole thing apart later. It's a lot easier to change the pads with no tire than with the tire since on the 2001 Fatboy the pads are inset into the wheel a little bit.

    Thanks for the video it was Great and help me get started. Actually it does not take all that long and instead of paying like 100 dollars to have a shop take the wheel off I did that myself and took the tire to my cousins shop and he replaced the tire on the rim right away, something that would not happen if I had to bring my bike in as it would have to be scheduled with the other wounded steeds in the area. He only charged me 30 dollars for the tire change.

  5. Very good informational video. Thank you. Im about to attempt my first tire change. My bike is a 2009 dyna fat bob. Hope its similar to this replacement. We shall see.

  6. hey pet.. I'm gonna change my brake pads while I'm doing this.. should I open the master cylinder for pressure? Great video thanks

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