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post #1 of 12 Old 04-03-2009, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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How to adjust side stand for -3/4" links

I've riden a couple weeks now and think it would be wise to mofify the side stand since installing lowering links. It seems to come down to grinding either the stop or a notch in the side stand itself. In either case, which have you found is the better route to take, and how did you actually do it? Thanks

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That will allow it to swing abit further forward, but wont make a big change as far as what you probably require. I would have the stand itself shortened. Cut off what you think is required from the bottom and then have a bigger foot welded on.

I have stock suspension, and I ground away the stop abit due to the fact it would only take a very slight push forward of the bike for it to flip itself up. It happened to me twice before I ground the stop, has never happened again.

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Rcacs, How did you ground down the stop (what tools did you use) and how much did you ground it down? Too much could weaken it, right?

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On my wife's bike I cut the foot off the side stand, about 1/2" of the stem. Welded on a piece of flat scrap I had lying around. I used my hacksaw and an arc welder and some semigloss black spray paint to touch it up. I think with everything it was less than $20. Would have been cheaper but I felt like I needed to buy my buddy some welding rods.

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some of the side stands are shorter or have more play in them than others. this is probably more trouble than it's worth but you may be able to swap out the side stand for another one that leans the bike over more...buddy's or junk yard part. i justed switched the side stands between my strom and my wife's because her strom would lean too far over on the side stand for her to be able to pick it up.

i just picked up some lowering links for my wife's stommer as well. curious about what others have done. may have to switch the side stands back again after installing the lower links...
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Two-in-one solution

Lowered a K2 by 7/8" front and rear with the same sidestand problem. IMO there isn't much of a
stop-boss to begin with. But the sidestand itself is built pretty hefty.

If you grind/file off about 3/16" where the stand contacts the stop-boss, you will get a sufficient increase
in lean. The sidestand will also sweep far enough forward to prevent the bike from rolling off of it.







This works for me. I believe it will still work if the bike is un-lowered for the next rider with a longer inseam.

I sprayed the mounting bolt and the paintless area with chain lube. Works smooth and no rust yet.

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Thanks for the pics. Looks like the shut off bracket needs to be taken off (2 bolts) and then the stand (2 bolts). I see you have the spring removed from the side stand. Any tricks to keep that from flying off in my face?

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Remove the sidestand by 1. removing the spring from the sidestand post 2. removing the locking nut
3. unscrewing the bolt.

I just used a long handle screwdriver (5/16, blade) with a pliers for a ramp to pop the spring off. Getting it
back on is the trick.

I used the same long handle bladed screwdriver to stretch it to length from the mount and a phillips
screwdriver to slide it over the blade screwdriver and onto the sidestand spring post. Took several tries
and a lot of profanity.

I've also read you can tie a cord from the spring to a wheel spoke. With the bike on the centerstand,
in neutral, turn the wheel to stretch the spring. Use a pliers to finish the job. This method would
seem to require two people - one to keep the bike upright!

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I finished the job last night. I removed the two kill switch bolts to get that off. Then I removed the two bolts that hold the kick stand on, removing the complete stand assembly including the spring. Then began hand filing until I had duplicated your pic. Re-installed and now a more stable lean angle. So, all is well.

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I learned this trick from an old mechanic back in the day...
With the bike on the center stand or swingarm stand put the side stand in the depolyed (down) position, insert as many pennies, dimes or washers as you can between the windings of the spring from one end to the other. When you have the spring as full of spacers as possible, put the stand back in the up position. The spring will now be in an expanded or streched form allowing you to simply un hook it from the stand and frame mounting point by hand without the chance of sending it into orbit ...or better yet not "putting an eye out with that thing" Simply reverse the procedure to reinstall.

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