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post #1 of 21 Old 05-08-2014, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Fitting lowering links ?

Hey guys , just wondered if it is possible to fit lowering links on my 2011 wee without having a centre stand ? I can't think how to do it so all advice will be gratefully received. Thanks...H.

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Hey guys , just wondered if it is possible to fit lowering links on my 2011 wee without having a centre stand ? I can't think how to do it so all advice will be gratefully received. Thanks...H.
I donít have a center stand either. I used a harbor freight come along attached to my garage rafters with a lifting strap attached to the bike sub frame under the seat. This way I could raise/lower the rear to align the link bolt holes. I have a picture if you'd like to see. I also use it for front end maintenance and oil changes. Fast and easy.

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I just removed the lowering links that came on my Wee and re-installed the stock links yesterday. My bike currently has no Centerstand so I also used a come-along hanging from rafters in the garage and some strong rope tied around the bikes grab handles on the rear to carefully lift the rear enough to do the job. I the carefully lifted the front of the bike to allow easier re-adjustment of the fork tubes back to their stock positions.

You just need to be careful and make sure your bike is balanced. Wouldn't hurt to have someone there to spot you just in case but if you do it right, you should be ok.

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Come-along sounds pretty complicated ! Anyhoo i don't have rafters in my 'cave'...H.

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I just added lowering links to my bike this last week; I don't have a centerstand. I used harbor freight ratchet straps from the rafters to keep the bike from tipping side to side. I attached the ends to the crash bars.

To get the links installed, I used a jack under the bash plate near the back connection to take most of the weight off the back tire.

To raise the front forks, I used the a jack under the bash plate near the front to take most of the weight off the front tire. I did put the rear up on a paddock stand, but that was for added stability, probably didn't really need it.
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As i said my garage is completely drywalled and i don't think my wife would let me knock holes in the ceiling !!! Thanks anyway guys , guess i'll have to get a centre stand first...H.

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First loosen the bolts enough so you won't have to use too much force later.
Secure the front with straps to something, so it won't fall over. Put a scissor jack with a 2X4, or other piece of wood (to protect the under carriage) under the rear. You should be able to get some blocks in there where the center stand goes. Lift just enough so the wheel is barely touching, with just the weight of the wheel assembly on the deck.
Minor adjustments of the jack will help to align the bolts.

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People have even put down cushions and laid the bike on its right side. Don't lay it down on the left or oil will run into the airbox.

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First loosen the bolts enough so you won't have to use too much force later.
Secure the front with straps to something, so it won't fall over. Put a scissor jack with a 2X4, or other piece of wood (to protect the under carriage) under the rear. You should be able to get some blocks in there where the center stand goes. Lift just enough so the wheel is barely touching, with just the weight of the wheel assembly on the deck.
Minor adjustments of the jack will help to align the bolts.
That'a good advice right there ! I am going to try that. thanks 'Solo'...H.

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People have even put down cushions and laid the bike on its right side. Don't lay it down on the left or oil will run into the airbox.
Thanks 'Greywolf', good idea too !...H.

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