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post #1 of 10 Old 06-05-2007, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Problem With My Centerstand

I installed a Suzuki centerstand on my Vee a couple of months ago. It's worked well until yesterday. When I tried to leave for work, I couldn't get the bike off the stand. It locked up and no matter how hard I tried, it would not budge. The problem was on the left side.

I loosened all the bolts, but it didn't help. I eventually had to disassemble and remove the centerstand in order to ride. Of course, I was late for work. :shock:

After I removed the stand, I inspected all the parts. Everything looked normal. It was well greased in all the required parts and washers were moving fine. I cannot figure out what the problem is.

I won't have time for about a week to re-install it. In the meantime, I'd like to know:

:arrow: Has anyone else has experienced the same problem?
:arrow: Any ideas?
:arrow: If I decide not to put it back on, what other options would you recommend for supporting the bike for maintenance, and tire repair on the road?

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-06-2007, 08:39 AM
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Bizarre. I have had mine on for a year now. Total abuse, no care, no maintenance, no attention, but, luckily, no problems too.

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Very strange indeed, not sure why or how it could do that? Mine is rather hard to get off the stand but I like it that way, those 2 springs are very stiff.

The Shermworks stands would be another great alternative for you, lots of Strommers are using them.

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post #4 of 10 Old 06-06-2007, 10:28 AM
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Unhappy Center stand problems

I am in the process of installing the Hepco and Becker center stand and engine guards so this interests me. My problem is that the center stand brackets that mount to the frame do not appear to have the correct hardware. Specificaly, the bottom bracket has a larger bolt. Both the top and bottom are supposed to have the 1.25 threads. The bolts with the kit just will not thread. I have not even considered using more than finger tight to advance the threads -- and they willnot thread. I have no idea what the bolts in the kit are, but I am assuming that the threads on the bike mount are 1.25. the Hepco Becker engine guards came with all kinds of wrong hardeware. Wrong length bolts, wrong number of bolts, and cosmetic bolt covers that do not match. I am questioning if the H&B travel bags are worth the hassle. I will forward the material along to ADVMOTO and see how they deal with the issues. Side note: I know that the side stand will stay. Isn't there some system that integrates all in one? Brian
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I am in the process of installing the Hepco and Becker center stand and engine guards so this interests me. My problem is that the center stand brackets that mount to the frame do not appear to have the correct hardware. Specificaly, the bottom bracket has a larger bolt. Both the top and bottom are supposed to have the 1.25 threads. The bolts with the kit just will not thread. I have not even considered using more than finger tight to advance the threads -- and they willnot thread. I have no idea what the bolts in the kit are, but I am assuming that the threads on the bike mount are 1.25. the Hepco Becker engine guards came with all kinds of wrong hardeware. Wrong length bolts, wrong number of bolts, and cosmetic bolt covers that do not match. I am questioning if the H&B travel bags are worth the hassle. I will forward the material along to ADVMOTO and see how they deal with the issues. Side note: I know that the side stand will stay. Isn't there some system that integrates all in one? Brian
I recently installed the H&B center stand. The parts list on the instruction sheet was exactly what I found in the plastic bag, and all turned out to be correct for the installation. The bottom bolts are indeed larger than the tops. I found that since the bike was not new when I installed the stand, and the mounting holes are on the bottom of the bike, they had collected some grit. I pre-installed all the bolts to their hilts, by turning them in, then back out, slowly and repeatedly, allowing the grit to get out of the way. Then when I installed the hardware, the bolts turned in easily. Blue loc-tite helps as a lubricant as you install the bolts, as well (and is highly recommended for most every bolt on the bike).

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have you bottomed out (high-centered) on a curb or big speed bump? if so, it may have pranged the assembly out of alignment. that's the only thing i can think of that would caused your problem.
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I am in the process of installing the Hepco and Becker center stand and engine guards so this interests me. My problem is that the center stand brackets that mount to the frame do not appear to have the correct hardware. Specificaly, the bottom bracket has a larger bolt. Both the top and bottom are supposed to have the 1.25 threads. The bolts with the kit just will not thread. I have not even considered using more than finger tight to advance the threads -- and they willnot thread. I have no idea what the bolts in the kit are, but I am assuming that the threads on the bike mount are 1.25. the Hepco Becker engine guards came with all kinds of wrong hardeware. Wrong length bolts, wrong number of bolts, and cosmetic bolt covers that do not match. I am questioning if the H&B travel bags are worth the hassle. I will forward the material along to ADVMOTO and see how they deal with the issues. Side note: I know that the side stand will stay. Isn't there some system that integrates all in one? Brian
I think you got bad hardware with the stand. I just installed my HB center stand tonight and everything just fine. I had grime in my threads as well, thus making the top bolts a bit tight. After cleaning the threads and spray with WD-40, they went in with no issues. I would call the place you purchased it from and have them send you another mounting kit.

WARainman - did you see if the stand was rubbing or in a bind? It would make sense if the brackets to bolt to the bike where torqued a bit.

I'd check it when you re-install the stand and see how everything lines up.

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my H&B centrestand flew right in, no problems at all. and on a very dirty '02. to be honest it was a used bike that probably had a CS mounted on it previously, now that i think of it.

anyway, i'd be surprised if you got bad hardware from H&B, but anything could happen.
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WARainman - did you see if the stand was rubbing or in a bind? It would make sense if the brackets to bolt to the bike where torqued a bit.

I'd check it when you re-install the stand and see how everything lines up.

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I didn't detect any rubbing or binding. I'm gonna put it back on and see how it works. It just baffles me because it went on perfectly and worked perfectly until that morning. Go figure....

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I have had two Zuk ceter stands for my two DL650s. Both of them had welding errors that caused the mounting holds on both sides to be too close together. I had to drill out collars on each side to allow me to start the mounting bolts without crossthreading them. I wonder if this could be part of the "pranging" we are talking about. Also, did you grease the two collars that are pivot points for the stand?

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