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My kickstand has become stiff (I'm thinking it wasn't lubed at installation?). What is the preferred method of lubing the stand pivot, simply squirt it with oil or remove the bolt and lube properly with grease?
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I just spray some chain lube all around the pivot area of mine.
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I've been using WD-40. Seems to be working fine.
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My kickstand has become stiff (I'm thinking it wasn't lubed at installation?). What is the preferred method of lubing the stand pivot, simply squirt it with oil or remove the bolt and lube properly with grease?

I spray it with some brake cleaner to clean off the gunk.

Chain lube to lube the pivot.

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I use a spray lithium grease in the pivot point. ~$4 a can from Home Depot or lowes. Put the bike on the center stand, clean associated gunk off of the surrounding area with cleaner of your choice. Spray into the pivot point from the left and right side of the bike while exercising the side stand up and down. Wipe off excess. The grease stays in the joint longer than an oil. I suppose a thick, wax/moly chain lube would work as well.


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Thanks all. Yet another vehicular project for next weekend.

I've got spray teflon chain lube but the only grease I have requires an applicator (such as a finger . . .)

If I pull the mounting bolt to access the inside of the stand shaft will I have issues with the springs?

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Thanks all. Yet another vehicular project for next weekend.

I've got spray teflon chain lube but the only grease I have requires an applicator (such as a finger . . .)

If I pull the mounting bolt to access the inside of the stand shaft will I have issues with the springs?

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Yes, you will have to figure out how to get them back connected, but it can be done. I used a needle nosed vice grips. and as far as lubing, I'd say anything, as it will get gumed up, washed away and over and over again.
Guess I should ask why you are going to take it apart, hopefully not to lube.
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Yes, you will have to figure out how to get them back connected, but it can be done. I used a needle nosed vice grips. and as far as lubing, I'd say anything, as it will get gumed up, washed away and over and over again.
Guess I should ask why you are going to take it apart, hopefully not to lube.
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A lot can go wrong trying to get that bolt out. I would not touch it unless I absolutely had to. Use the advise given and lube from the outside. It's just a simple pivot and should not need much to make it move.
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Crikey, you're overthinking this.

Just spritz it with chain lube whenever you're down there lubing the chain.

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Don't use pliers unless you feel like getting stabbed with the end of a spring - or lose skin on some sharp motorcycle bracket. Ask me how I know.
If you feel that you HAVE to remove your stand I have in the past replaced the side stand by first connecting the springs and then forcing the pivot end into its recess, then get the bolt back in.
A few weeks back both my stands got a few squirts of WD40. Problem solved.

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