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post #1 of 24 Old 07-27-2019, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Please excuse the rookie question

Hey folks,
Very new strom owner here. My '12 is bone stock with about 4k miles on it and I'm thinking I'd like to swap the tires out.

Now for the stupid question- how do I get this bike off the ground? I have a motorcycle jack that I use for my sportster, but it doesn't look like I can use that without maybe hurting some things and I dont have a center stand.
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post #2 of 24 Old 07-27-2019, 12:21 PM
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Center stand is what I use for the rear. Center stand and a floor jack for the front.
Spools and a lift stand is probably best without a center stand. Some are known to lift it from the ceiling with ropes and pulleys.
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The stand used on the Sportster might be used if you took a piece of plywood w/ shims under the motor.
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tire changing is definitely a lot easier with a center stand on these bikes.
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I invested in the pit bull. It is rock solid for a rear lift especially when paired with a wheel chock up front. Easy to use and can be adapted to other bikes.
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Life is so much more simple if you invest in a center stand.
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I have had a number of bikes that did not have a center stand. what I have done involves either 2 automotive jackstands or 2 sturdy milkcrates. with the bike on the side stand put a jackstand or milk crate under the opposite side of the bike. under the frame or non folding part of the foot peg. with the other jackstand or milk crate near the side stand lift the side stand side of the bike up with the handlebars. with your foot slide the jackstand or milkcrate under the frame or the nonfolding part of the foot peg. you may need to use a couple pieces of wood to get enough height. loosen the axle nut before raising the bike so that you don't shake things while it is off the ground. after you have got the rear tire off and back on then use an automotive jack and a piece if wood under the engine or skid plate to raise the front wheel off the ground. Again loosen the axle before raising the bike.

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A main stand just makes everything so much easier and stable - especially when removing wheels, and it goes with you wherever you go. Its weight is low down, so why not?
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Just ahead of the rear axle are two threaded bosses that will take stand spools. They are cheap on Amazon or Ebay. Then get a race stand. I have a 50 dollar Princess Auto(Harbor Freight) one that works very well. I put an ATV lift under my bash plate to work on the front end. Leave some load on the race stand and it is very stable. With out a bash plate you could use some wood blocks to shim under the engine but should strap the bike to the lift.

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What motorcycle jack do you have?
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