I plan to replace dog bones to lower my wee 1 inch but can't quite figure out how to lift the bike off the ground since it's got exhaust running underneath it and I don't have center stand. what are my options?
A car scissor jack under the engine will do it but - have someone standing by to balance the bike.I plan to replace dog bones to lower my wee 1 inch but can't quite figure out how to lift the bike off the ground since it's got exhaust running underneath it and I don't have center stand. what are my options?
Er, sorry, under the metal that the dog bones attach to. If you want something more stable, get some long bolts that'll screw into the centre-stand mount holes and use two car jacks. (Try a wrecker, they usually sell them cheap).A car scissor jack under the engine will do it but - have someone standing by to balance the bike.
To remove the bolts you need to be able to lever the rear wheel up a little to unweight the bolts, I've used a crowbar and a block of wood and (today ) a brick and a shovel. The catch is you'll rock the bike doing that, hence the need for a catcher.
Now this is the answer I was looking for :thumbup:Everyone's answering the wrong question here... if all you're doing is replacing the dog bones, all you need is a small hydraulic or scissor jack under the bottom suspension link. You can use the scissor jack from a nearby car.
Put the bike on the kickstand. Place a strap on the front brake lever to lock it in place so the bike doesn't roll. Break the nuts loose.
Place the jack under the suspension link and raise the jack until it juuuust starts to take the weight. It won't take much force, and both tires will remain on the ground.
Remove the bolts and the old dog bones (you may need to finagle the jack a bit in order to remove the tension and get the bolts out). Inspect and grease everything before reassembly.
If you're installing new links that are shorter (raising links) you'll need to jack it up a bit. If you're installing lowering links, you'll need to lower it just a bit. Careful with the lowering if you're using a hydraulic jack -- the valves on some jacks are a bit abrupt.
Very easy and safe. I've done this several times.