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Tire Change - Front Wheel Orientation

I am in the middle of my first front tire change on my 09 Nomad 1700 and I did not mark the wheel orientation when I removed the tire from the wheel. From the service manual I know that the spacers on each side of the wheel are the same, so does it matter which way I put the wheel back on? Obviously, I need to know that before I mount the new front tire to the wheel.

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Are you referring to which way to install the wheel so that the direction of turn is the same?

If you know which spacers go on the left/right side of the forks, and if those spacers (installed that way) fit either side of the wheel, then no, it doesn't matter which direction of rotation the wheel is in.

If the spacers uniquely fit one side or the other of the wheel, then that would tell you which way to install the wheel.

Sounds to me like it doesn't matter on yours.

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On mine the speedometer/odometer is driven by the front wheel so my wheel will only fit one way if it is to operate the speedometer at all.

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Yes, that is correct. The spacers and the calipers are identical so I'm guessing it doesn't matter. On previous model 1600 Nomads I was told that the spacers were different so it did matter how the wheel was mounted. Apparently, on the 1700 Nomad they changed it so I'm looking for a confirmation. And I don't believe there is a speedo connector.

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Per the Nomad shop manual, the two front spacers are identical. They're mounted with the flange side out. There isn't a speedo connector. You'll need to mount the ABS sensor bracket on the left side.

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Per the Nomad shop manual, the two front spacers are identical. They're mounted with the flange side out. There isn't a speedo connector. You'll need to mount the ABS sensor bracket on the left side.
My bike doesn't have ABS so I'm assuming that I can mount the tire anyway I want on the wheel and then the wheel can be reinstalled in the proper tire rotation. Thanks for the help. I think that answers it.

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My bike doesn't have ABS so I'm assuming that I can mount the tire anyway I want on the wheel and then the wheel can be reinstalled in the proper tire rotation. Thanks for the help. I think that answers it.

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That's correct. The ABS doesn't make any difference to the spacers. Just mount either one on either side. Be sure to add a little hi-temp grease to the grease seal lips of the wheel bearings before inserting the spacers.

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I am in the middle of my first front tire change on my 09 Nomad 1700 and I did not mark the wheel orientation when I removed the tire from the wheel. From the service manual I know that the spacers on each side of the wheel are the same, so does it matter which way I put the wheel back on? Obviously, I need to know that before I mount the new front tire to the wheel.



Thanks for the help.



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The Tire orientation arrow on the new rubber should face forward when rolling the wheel forward. as viewed from the left hand of the bike. Of course the direction of the wheel matters, unless you donít like front brakes.


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The Tire orientation arrow on the new rubber should face forward when rolling the wheel forward. as viewed from the left hand of the bike. Of course the direction of the wheel matters, unless you donít like front brakes.


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Twin front brake calipers, non-ABS, no speedo cable and identical spacers left and right so again it appears how the tire is mounted to the wheel is not relevant? I understand that the tire does have a certain rotation. Doesn't anyone have an 09 Non-ABS Nomad that has changed the front tire by themselves and asked this same question.

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Hi Mike hope your well
The tyre you have fitted is it a rear tyre or 1 specific for the front ???

IF it's a rear tyre you MUST fit the wheel SO the rotation arrow is facing the WRONG way

Hope this helps Steve

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