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Old 08-20-2012, 11:36 PM
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Trying to figure out how to lift the rear of my new Glee to install lowering links without a center stand.

Can anyone object to the following ideas?

1. Lock and chock the front wheel
2. Place a hydraulic jack with 3/4" spacer under the two frame lobes located between the kickstand and exhaust
3. Remove seat for step #4
4. Rig a lifting strap around the two top sub-frame pieces near the helmet hooks (under seat)
5. Jack up the rear of the bike and use the lifting strap and a chain fall to help support/stabilize the rear
6. Install the new links
7. Lower the bike and enjoy it some more!

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Old 08-21-2012, 10:10 AM
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Chain hoist from a garage rafter? For 200 bucks get a center stand?
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:18 PM
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If the swingarm is threaded for spools, A race stand is a good way to go. It also makes changing tires, lubing chain easy.
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If the swingarm is threaded for spools, A race stand is a good way to go. It also makes changing tires, lubing chain easy.
The individual is adding lowering links to his bike. To do so, he needs to have the swingarm free to be able to move it into position for the new links. A paddock/race stand is not the best choice for this kind of work.

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Trying to figure out how to lift the rear of my new Glee to install lowering links without a center stand.

Can anyone object to the following ideas?

1. Lock and chock the front wheel
2. Place a hydraulic jack with 3/4" spacer under the two frame lobes located between the kickstand and exhaust
3. Remove seat for step #4
4. Rig a lifting strap around the two top sub-frame pieces near the helmet hooks (under seat)
5. Jack up the rear of the bike and use the lifting strap and a chain fall to help support/stabilize the rear
6. Install the new links
7. Lower the bike and enjoy it some more!
That will work. It would be nice if you had an extra pair of hands to help guard against a "tip over". It can get dicey up on a jack, with only you to operate the jack.......and to catch the bike.

But, I have done it myself, so I can say that it can be done.

I started with lifting points towards the rear of the bike, but moved them forward for better stability, once I got rolling into the project.





I added two ratcheting straps near the front of the bike, to add more stability.







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Fitted them to my old bandit but had centre stand which I put on a block of wood with a sideways grove in. Have you tried all the lowering options? Just had my seat lowered a little and made narrow by local seat guy made all the differance able to put half a foot each side

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The individual is adding lowering links to his bike. To do so, he needs to have the swingarm free to be able to move it into position for the new links. A paddock/race stand is not the best choice for this kind of work.

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the race stand COULD work easily

raise the rear of the bike w/ the race stand, block the frame up w/ wooden blocks, remove the race stand

& as stated above, the race stand would come in real handy for other maintenance operations

BUTT, buying & mounting a center stand would allow you to do all that maintenance stuff, where ever you might be

2...cha-ching

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That's lifting the front, but you get the idea.

Not sure I'd be crazy enough to try that with the rear.

Oh who am I kidding?! I'm at least that crazy!
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Trying to figure out how to lift the rear of my new Glee to install lowering links without a center stand.

Can anyone object to the following ideas?

1. Lock and chock the front wheel
2. Place a hydraulic jack with 3/4" spacer under the two frame lobes located between the kickstand and exhaust
3. Remove seat for step #4
4. Rig a lifting strap around the two top sub-frame pieces near the helmet hooks (under seat)
5. Jack up the rear of the bike and use the lifting strap and a chain fall to help support/stabilize the rear
6. Install the new links
7. Lower the bike and enjoy it some more!
I just studied my bike more closely, and also what you are about to do with replacing the links. What you state above is fine. No need to remove the rear wheel, but you do need to have the swingarm free to move up and down. With weight lifted off of the rear of the bike, by suspending it, you will achieve the swingarm movement that you need to do this job. A race stand won't allow you to have the movement that you need.

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Thanks for the assurance everyone.

I successfully suspended the rear and installed my lowering links tonight.

It does help to have an assistant when doing this. Also, have a couple of 2x4's to rest the kickstand on and to raise the rear tire when installing the links.

Other than that and my garage looking redneck for a little while, everything went like clockwork.

Thanks!


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