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Old 08-17-2012, 12:23 AM   #826
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I have not read through the entire 50 pages, sorry if this is a repeat.
To remove a centerstand from a bike, you will need to take off the centerstand spring. They are strong springs, and difficult to pull off. To easily remove, set the bike on the centerstand. The spring will be streched. Reach under the bike and insert 5 or 6 coins (nickels quarters , etc) in spaces where the spring has been streched. Then when you push the bike off the centerstand the spring will still be stretched, and should easily unhook from centerstand and frame.
I've heard of this one, but I've tried it on a couple bikes and it never worked for me.

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Old 08-17-2012, 01:25 AM   #827
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I've heard of this one, but I've tried it on a couple bikes and it never worked for me.
I've done the opposite: fit the spring by inserting coins one by one into each coil to stretch it. It was a near thing, the coins kept wanting to fly out, but it did get the job done.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:52 AM   #828
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I've done the opposite: fit the spring by inserting coins one by one into each coil to stretch it. It was a near thing, the coins kept wanting to fly out, but it did get the job done.
Use large flat washers and stick a rod/wire through it to keep them in place.

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Old 08-17-2012, 04:22 PM   #829
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Use large flat washers and stik a rod/wire through it to keep them in place.

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Brilliant!
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:32 AM   #830
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Use large flat washers and stick a rod/wire through it to keep them in place.

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Old 08-18-2012, 04:20 AM   #831
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Damn.. that is a cool idea....

Thus far, I made a puller out of a coathanger and a block of wood for a handle.

Worked, but not as McGiver tech as the washer trick.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:05 PM   #832
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... but not as McGiver tech as the washer trick.
Washers don’t always work. I posted this one before, super easy & works great on a small very tight springs.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:57 PM   #833
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Using vice grips directly on the spring loop will kill the spring in the near future, it creates a 'stress riser' and the loop will break off. Something I learned snowmobiling, lots of springs on the exhaust system.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:55 AM   #834
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A paintbrush along with a garden hose does an excellent job of cleaning mud/dirt from hard to reach places on a bike or quad. I can make my muddy four wheeler look almost new in about an hour
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:47 PM   #835
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Use large flat washers and stick a rod/wire through it to keep them in place.

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Or you can get a length of cord (shoe lace, waxed string) and simply make a two loops out of it in a figure-8. Slip one loop between the last few coils of the spring, and then wrap it around the coils twice for security. Now run the other end through the loop at the coils to make a handle, and haul on it. A few weeks ago I had pulled the duplex spring off of my V-Star 650's kick stand and couldn't get the *^&$ back on. This did the trick. With thinner cordage, make more loops to spread the stress and lower the risk of punchin' yaself in da mug.

Got a screw or bolt that will turn a little, but sticks and won't come out? Squirt some Liquid Wrench on the offender, slap your wrench or screw driver on the head, and turn it loose-tight-loose. You'll be able to use this "rocking" movement to pop the screw or bolt out without boogering the head all to hell and gone. I did this a little bit ago to pop a made-from-cheese screw holding a heat shield in place. It likely would have snapped in half if I'd bullied it. Remember that patience is key, young Grass-Smoker.

Learned this one here on ADV the other day. Tired of forking over $5+ per O-ring at the dealer? McMaster-Carr has a ton of 'em, including solvent(gas)-proof ones, on their web site ( McMaster-Carr ). All that's needed is the measurements of your dud. Or you can check a local bearing supply shop; odds are they might have the very part you need on the cheap.
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:53 AM   #836
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Or you can get a length of cord (shoe lace, waxed string) and simply make a two loops out of it in a figure-8....
This trick works, but my experience is that you have to have very stout bootlaces - I've shredded shoe laces on several attempts. A variation is to not pull directly on the spring, but loop it over some part on the back of the bike and then pull forward - this doubles the mechanical advantage. But be darn sure the bike is well-secured - this is an easy way to have a bike come tumbling down on top of you.

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Old 08-24-2012, 12:03 PM   #837
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Silly stand springs. I use my brake pliers, the ones designed to remove/install brake springs in automotive brake drums. Work well in most cases.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:18 PM   #838
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This thread is so awesome!!!
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:32 PM   #839
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Need a magnifying glass or mirror to see where your head won't fit? Your hand with a smart phone will fit into a tight spot and you can take a picture. Same thing with reading fine print on circuit boards. Take picture then zoom it up to a size you can see.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:36 PM   #840
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Super glue will work as lock tight in a pinch and assembly lube will work as an anti seize. Neither are as good as the proper stuff but how often are you proper?
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