Helpful Tip For Removing & Refitting Center Stand Springs

JSP

Finally made it
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TX
I wanted to lube the center stand pins as they were making a noise every time I put the bike on the center stand. Inspection prior to removal I could see that blue colored grease RE uses on and around the outside of the pins. When I removed the pins there was no grease on the shaft of the pins or in the bushings/sleeve. Simple fix greased and no more noise.

The Helpful Tip
To remove and reattach the springs remove the left and right bump stops along with the right side support bracket. This will allow the center stand to swing up higher creating a shorter distance between the spring mount points - Makes it easier to use a spring puller to fit the ears over the nibs. Also temporary tie the center stand up in the highest position when refitting - unless you have a helper to hold it or if you have 3 arms.

Not sure if someone has already posted this tip - I did a search and couldn't find a post - if someone already posted let me know and I'll delete my post.

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Taff007

Getting there...
Location
Uk
Anyone tried attaching end of spring to chain and using chain to pull into place? Has worked on many of my bikes over the years.
 

Landisr

Finally made it
Location
Gilbert AZ
In order to remove the spring, just put the bike up on the center stand to 'stretch' the spring. Then insert pennies or nickles between the coils. That will prevent the spring from 'relaxing' when you roll the bike off the center stand. The spring should then be quite easy to remove. Reverse the process to reinstall.

Ron in AZ
 

JSP

Finally made it
Location
TX
In order to remove the spring, just put the bike up on the center stand to 'stretch' the spring. Then insert pennies or nickles between the coils. That will prevent the spring from 'relaxing' when you roll the bike off the center stand. The spring should then be quite easy to remove. Reverse the process to reinstall.

Ron in AZ
Thanks Ron I like that idea I'll give it a go next time.
-Jimmy
 

grymsr

Well travelled
Location
Maine
In order to remove the spring, just put the bike up on the center stand to 'stretch' the spring. Then insert pennies or nickles between the coils. That will prevent the spring from 'relaxing' when you roll the bike off the center stand. The spring should then be quite easy to remove. Reverse the process to reinstall.

Ron in AZ
don't use the newer "shield" pennies. they're copper clad plastic.
 
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Cpt.Sparkles

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Location
Martian
I drill a hole in a deep 1/4" socket and use it as a windlass to wind a cable attached to the spring. (old bicycle derailleur cable)
You can secure the socket in a number of ways depending on the bike.
I ran the cable under the foot of the center stand once while it was parked in the grass. It worked.
 

Landisr

Finally made it
Location
Gilbert AZ
I drill a hole in a deep 1/4" socket and use it as a windlass to wind a cable attached to the spring. (old bicycle derailleur cable)
You can secure the socket in a number of ways depending on the bike.
I ran the cable under the foot of the center stand once while it was parked in the grass. It worked.
I have to ask: What is a windlass?
 

Jester

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Location
Northants, UK
In order to remove the spring, just put the bike up on the center stand to 'stretch' the spring. Then insert pennies or nickles between the coils. That will prevent the spring from 'relaxing' when you roll the bike off the center stand. The spring should then be quite easy to remove. Reverse the process to reinstall.

Ron in AZ
Top tip. As an engineer I'm gutted I didn't think of that sooner!
 

puttbutt

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NY

Jester

Well travelled
Location
Northants, UK
I have to ask: What is a windlass?
It's a sailing term for a drum which has a length of rope around it and can be played out or in, think of a reel of cotton and you get the idea, although the cotton reel won't have the handles.

In this case a Bowden cable will be passed through the socket and then wound to tension the spring.
 
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