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post #1 of 5 Old 09-11-2013, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Check your Happy Trails center stand

I was poking around underneath my DL650 today and noticed a nut missing on pivot of my H/T center stand. The bolt was still there. Checked the other side and it was loose, but all there. I can't imagine what would happen if both these bolts worked their way out while on the road.

Anyway, got my trusty tube of Loctite another nut, then put Loctite on both bolts and torqued them down.

BTW, this is the third problem I've had with the center stand. First it was too easy to roll off, not enough over center, then a broken spring, which was replaced free of charge.

Becareful out there!
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I was poking around underneath my DL650 today and noticed a nut missing on pivot of my H/T center stand. The bolt was still there. Checked the other side and it was loose, but all there. I can't imagine what would happen if both these bolts worked their way out while on the road.

Anyway, got my trusty tube of Loctite another nut, then put Loctite on both bolts and torqued them down.

BTW, this is the third problem I've had with the center stand. First it was too easy to roll off, not enough over center, then a broken spring, which was replaced free of charge.

Becareful out there!
Thank you for the warning/suggestion. I will check mine. If it starts giving me all the trouble yours has given you I may just remove it and that will be my excuse to put on an aftermarket exhaust. (since they seem to have clearance issues with center stands from what I've read so far)

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I just installed my HT center stand and noticed that it takes some heft to get up onto the stand, but it comes off waaay easy. Not sure I'm very comfortable with that. Perhaps using something for a wheel chock on the front tire would insure that it doesn't accidentally roll off the center stand. I might also give HT a call and talk to Ed about it and see what he advises.

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Hey, it ain't just your brand of center stand. My BMW in the old days did the same thing.
It's up to you to check the bike unless you pay the dealer to check things.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-12-2013, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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I just installed my HT center stand and noticed that it takes some heft to get up onto the stand, but it comes off waaay easy. Not sure I'm very comfortable with that. Perhaps using something for a wheel chock on the front tire would insure that it doesn't accidentally roll off the center stand. I might also give HT a call and talk to Ed about it and see what he advises.
I warned on this site of that problem with mine and also called H/T. After installing my H/T center stand, I put the bike up on the stand and went around to the front wheel to lift it to see if the balance was so that I could rotate it for washing purposes. It came right off the stand even though I was lifting the front of the wheel and trying to rotate it backwards. I was helpless to keep it from falling over.

I ended up grinding and filing the stop so it would rest over center further when down.

I have led to believe that H/T has corrected this, maybe not.
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