Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Ottawa, Canaduh!
If you're removing the wheels, invest in a set of stands. In particular, a triple tree stand for the front...makes life a LOT easier to remove the front wheel.
The spark plug tool in the OEM tool kit does work as a 17mm hex to remove the front axle....you'll need to use a 20 mm box end wrench in conjunction with it. But you can also find 17mm hex head sockets at tool shops...I bought a cheapie at Princess Auto (Candian version of Harbour Freight)...works great when you need to torque back to spec.
A good tip is to only loosen the pinch bolts at one end of the front axle to easily break the axle nut free, then loosen the pinch bolts at the other end to get the shaft out.
Make sure to suspend your brake calipers with a bit of wire when you remove your wheels...don't just let them dangle under their own weight. I also removed the rotors when getting my Michelin Powers put on, they warp easily and I didn't want the shop tire chaning monkey f*cking them up...worth the extra 10 minutes.
2008 ZZR600, Ebony - Yosh RS-1 SS, Michelin Pilot Powers, ZG tinted shield, HB SS undertail, Puig CF hugger, LP Turn 6s, CW Assimilator II, koolkowlz seat cowl...gone but not forgotten.