3. Slide the rear wheel forward to remove or install chain

Some swingarms allow you to remove the rear axle without loosening the chain adjusters which means you don’t have to spend time dialing in the chain slack when remounting the wheel. (That is, if the chain was properly adjusted in the first place.) Regardless, once the axle is out, push the wheel as far forward as it will go in the swingarm to get as much chain slack as possible. Next, take the chain and hook it over the end of the swingarm, making sure it is out of the way of the wheel and its spacers as you remove them. Installation is the reverse of this. If you forget, you won’t be able to fit the chain over the rear sprocket once the axle is in place.