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post #1 of 20 Old 05-08-2008, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Center stand springs mounting help

Stupid question time....anyone got any tips for getting the frigging springs hooked up on the center stand. I'm apparently not as strong as I used to be and don't have the brute force to vice-grip the little monsters into place.

Sigh...I used to be young once and could have done it with my teeth after a few beers on a dare...Ok maybe not...but I need a method an older guy with arthiritis can manage.
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post #2 of 20 Old 05-08-2008, 09:29 PM
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I've heard that the shoelace trick works well. Tie a shoelace to the spring and then tie it to the front wheel. Then roll the bike until the front wheel pulls the shoelace tight enough to move the spring to where you need it. Sounds pretty easy and I've read here that it works well.

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String trick works well, or you can buy a spring puller (looks like a t handle with a hook on the end) from a auto parts store for a few bucks (they might let you borrow one and do it in the parking lot )

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This works.
http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=121176287561

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.

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Many thanks!! I've got an extra sensor part?

String trick work slick. With a little care and using a bit of small nylon rope guided over the front spring connection point it pulled the springs up to and over the pin, then I just backed the bike up and the springs sat right down onto the pin.

Never would have thought of this my self although I did have some vague idea of hooking up a come-a-long (a type of winch) to the back of the truck but that seemed a little extreme.

Everything works fine but I've got a "sensor" that's got no place to go. Its a silver, hex bar about an 1" long thats supposed to "replace" the non-existent sensor part down by the kick stand according to the diagram. Is this something on a DL1000? I've got a DL650 and this is an OEM kickstand?

Again, thanks for the tip on the springs everyone!!!
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Glad to hear it worked well. As for the sensor thing, I have no idea. The only thing near the stand on my 650 is the switch for the side stand so you can't ride away with the side stand down.

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The sensor is meant to replace the shorter one on the bottom of the left footpeg. It's to warn you before the centerstand tang grounds and lifts the rear wheel off the ground.

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And the mystery is solved. Once I knew what I was looking at the picture made sense...for some reason that did not look like a foot peg when I stared at it for 30 minutes the first time.

Thanks greywolf...the mission is now completely and successfuly accomplished. She now has a center stand.
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The sensor is meant to replace the shorter one on the bottom of the left footpeg. It's to warn you before the centerstand tang grounds and lifts the rear wheel off the ground.
I didn't know that. I must check and see if the dealer changed the sensor when the stand was installed. Good to know. Thanks.

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I didn't know that. I must check and see if the dealer changed the sensor when the stand was installed. Good to know. Thanks.

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Before everybody runs out to look at their bike, only the Suzuki stand has it. The SW-Motech is narrower for example and doesn't need it.

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