What's the trick? A long nylon boot lace!
1. Roll the bike until a spoke on the rear wheel is vertical and down.
2. Brace the centerstand in the 'up' position (I used a couple of to be recycled tin cans).
3. Use a bowline knot to tie one end of the bootlace through the hole in the spoke
4. Attach the springs to the frame side stud.
5. Loop the lace through the U at the end of the small spring.
6. Brace your foot against the front tire and pull on the lace toward the back of the bike.
7. The U on the end of the spring will act as a pulley giving you a mechanical advantage of two. And it will guide the spring end into the slot!
8. Do the same thing with the large spring. I used leather gloves to pull the lace for the big spring.
Didn't marr the spring, wheel, pipes, or centerstand. The big spring took a good pull, but I'm not exactly superman either
Hope this helps someone...
Be sure that when you put the smaller spring inside the big spring, you have the correct end of the springs matched correctly. For ex: there is a short end of spring, and long end of spring. When the stand is mounted, use something to put under it to help hold it tight against the frame. Then... the long end of the pair of springs, attatches first to the post on the stand, toward the front of bike. Use a boot lace, because they are smaller in diameter as well as stronger than a shoe lace. Loop the lace around the small spring that needs to attatch to the bottom of stand. Take the 2 ends of the lace in your hand, or tie to something to help give leverage and grip. Use your weight to pull toward you, and with a nice little tug.... the first spring will pop right on! Repeat for the big spring.
P.S: Be sure that you pay good attention , to what bolts you are using on each side of the frame mounts. They are different lengths for both sides. Good luck!
Also, the bushings have to go in with the flanges inboard. If they're put in the wrong way, they act like washers causing the swing action to bind.
The short end of the spring goes towards the back of the bike. The longer end, obviously, goes towards the front.