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post #1 of 11 Old 12-27-2015, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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SW Motech Skid Plate - V2 Install Question

I'm about to install the SW Motech skid plate and what may be a silly question. Can you install it while it is on the center stand? The reason I ask is that you have to take out two of the three bolts for the center stand on the right side of the bike to install the skid plate bracket. You also have to remove the side stand bolt. I was thinking of installing the left side while on the center stand and the right side while on the side stand, but I may be making this too complicated.
I've looked through the messages on install and can't seem to find an answer to this question.
Thanks for any advice on this!

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I'm pretty sure you can't. Buy a set of spools for the rear and use a rear stand. I installed one on each of my bikes and since you need to remove the bolts for the bracket it will no longer be be able to support the bike safely. I'm 90% sure of this.

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You can take two 2X4's, cut a V in the top of each and insert under your crash guards on each side. This will hold your bike up very solidly, just don't kick them out accidentally. Another free option is a couple of ropes down from ceiling to handle bars.
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I honestly cant remember what I did when installing the centerstand but suspect I would have used a rear stand under the swingarm.I fairly sure now thats what I did!
I recall the hardest part was fixing the damn springs!!
Lightly lube the shaft of a flat head screwdriver that has a tip smaller than the diameter of the springs hook.
Affix the spring (as per the instructions noting orientaion) at one end and have the other end hooked over your screwdriver shaft.As you lever the screwdriver to align the springs hook end the spring should..! slide down the shaft and "pop" onto the fixing point when this works its majic!
Takes a bit of juggling and swearing sometimes but this method is easier (to me being a weakling) than trying to pinch the spring in pliers or vise grips and stretching it.

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My Ulysses didn't have the option of a center stand, so I bought a used Baxley Wheel Chock a number of years ago. This obviously made installing the center stand on the Strom a no-brainer.

You can build something similar without too much trouble.

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I honestly cant remember what I did when installing the centerstand but suspect I would have used a rear stand under the swingarm.I fairly sure now thats what I did!
I recall the hardest part was fixing the damn springs!!
Lightly lube the shaft of a flat head screwdriver that has a tip smaller than the diameter of the springs hook.
Affix the spring (as per the instructions noting orientaion) at one end and have the other end hooked over your screwdriver shaft.As you lever the screwdriver to align the springs hook end the spring should..! slide down the shaft and "pop" onto the fixing point when this works its majic!
Takes a bit of juggling and swearing sometimes but this method is easier (to me being a weakling) than trying to pinch the spring in pliers or vise grips and stretching it.
I agree, tried the pliers - hurt myself & finally finished the job with a screwdriver.

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I agree, tried the pliers - hurt myself & finally finished the job with a screwdriver.

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Get the right tool for the job. A hook tool or a brake spring tool makes installing the springs a non-event.

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Get the right tool for the job. A hook tool or a brake spring tool makes installing the springs a non-event.

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But how am I going to jam that into my palm and give myself a bruised cut full of grease?
It Just wouldnt be the same !
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Thanks to everyone for your input and ideas. Glad I didn't try it on the center stand like I was originally planning. Looks like I will either build a stand or take it to a shop. And yes, I remember how those center stand springs were such a bitch. I got them on with a screw driver - just barely. Hadn't seen those spring tool thingies before. Would be good to have.

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I installed mine using the center stand without thinking... it worked but I had to switch to the side stand to get it back together.
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