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post #11 of 12 Old 11-18-2012, 01:51 PM
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My wee has frame sliders and I use them along with car jack stands to support and stabilize the front and a bottle jack where the center stand would go. I use a pitbull rear stand to raise and lower the rear to align the links. Turns this into a one person job and very stable.

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post #12 of 12 Old 11-18-2012, 02:05 PM
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If you have a swingarm with spools for a race stand (don't try this with a swingarm stand that just has "pads" for the swingarm to rest upon), the only other thing you need is a small wheeled floor jack and a small piece of wood.

  1. Put the bike up on the rear race stand.
  2. Wheel the floor jack in to position under the shock linkage using the small block of a wood as a cushion.
  3. Remove the shock linkage nuts from the one side.
  4. Slowly raise the jack and with the other hand, try to wiggle the linkage, you will get to a point where it's free of any upward or downward pressure and it slides right off with zero effort.
  5. Remove the bolts from the other side and the other linkage.
  6. Place one of the bolts in the new shock linkage plate and insert it into the frame.
  7. Slowly lower the jack until the other hole lines up, insert that bolt.
  8. Place the other link on the other side, start the nuts.
  9. Remove the jack and then torque down the bolts.
  10. Take the bike off the race stand, you're done.
I've done this to over a dozen bikes (installing raising links) using my Pitbull rear race stand as it's wide and very stable. Never had a bike wobble or have the need for straps, harnesses and chain falls and all the other bits and pieces.


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