DR650 Adjustable Kickstand

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by frecks, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. frecks

    frecks Been here awhile

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    I switch between a dirt & supermoto setup on my DR650 fairly often & wanted a way to easily adjust the kickstand to match either setup, so I made one. Now that I've put a couple hundred miles on & am confident that it isn't going to fall off, I figured I would throw together a quick write-up on how to do it.

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    Tools & Materials Required:
    1) Bandsaw
    2) 3/4" Tap Wrench (or a Crescent Wrench)
    3) Bench Vise
    4) Blue Loctite
    5) 3/4"-10 Plug Tap ($11.94 - http://amzn.com/B000FPDG6U)
    6) 6" length of 3/4"-10 Zinc-Plated Steel Fully Threaded Stud ($6.08 - http://www.mcmaster.com/#95475A874)
    7) 2 Stainless Steel 3/4"-10 Hex Jam Nuts ($0.79 x 2 = $1.58 - http://www.boltdepot.com/Product-Details.aspx?product=4126)

    I borrowed the bandsaw & 3/4" tap wrench from a friend because those are expensive. You could use a crescent wrench in place of a tap wrench, though it would make it more difficult. I already owned a bench vise & a tube of blue Locktite. If you own or can borrow these, you'll be able to do this project for under $20.

    The first order of business is to cut out a section of your kickstand. The factory short kickstand is 2" shorter than the stock kickstand. I started with the short kickstand, but you can do this with either. Cut 1" out if you're using the short kickstand. Cut 3" out if you're using the long kickstand. Make sure you locate your cut so you can thread at least 1.5" of the rod on each side. Remember: measure twice, cut once. Once you're done with the cut, it might not hurt to file off any burrs on the remaining pieces of kickstand - probably a better idea than cutting yourself on them later.

    Clamp down the pieces of kickstand in your bench vise so they won't move. Tap one at a time. Keep in mind that this is a cheapo tap. Use an appropriate lubricant & go slowly.

    Thread the jam nuts onto the rod, then thread the rod into both halves of the kickstand. Use blue loctite & snug the jam nuts up against each half of the kickstand to make sure it all stays together.

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    Hopefully my first DIY how to writeup proves helpful to some of you DR650 riders out there!
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  2. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Thought I was looking at my garage for a minute...

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    How many of us have a blue DR650 and a matt Street Triple R. :freaky Full disclosure, the Street Triple is my wife's.

    Thanks for the parts list, very helpful.
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  3. frecks

    frecks Been here awhile

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    :freaky They're good bikes & good colors!

    It's the reverse situation for me. The STRiple is my main ride. The DR is technically mine, but it mainly serves as my girlfriend's ride. I occasionally steal it back & throw the dirt wheels back on for trail rides.
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  4. WoodRat

    WoodRat n00b

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    Frecks, thank you so much for sharing your innovation. This is exactly what I need as I am sorting out my suspension, raising & lowering the bike, and most likely ending up at a height that is ideal for neither the standard side stand nor the short one. Plus I don't have to buy the short stand which seems to cost about $60 with shipping. :thumb
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  5. ShadowMan

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    I need to shorten the kickstand on my DR650 as well and something adjustable like this makes so much more sense than a permanent height.

    Is the wall of the kickstand really thick enough to tap? I figured I'd just find someone to weld nuts to either side of the cut, same location as your jamb nuts but tapping it would look much cleaner if it's possible.
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  6. greensocks

    greensocks n00b

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    The pictures aren't showing up any more, any chance you could re-post? I'm really interested in your setup.
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  7. frecks

    frecks Been here awhile

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    Hey greensocks, sorry about that. It appears that I had messed up a config file on my server. Pictures should be back up!
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  8. frecks

    frecks Been here awhile

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    I did this mod about 2 years ago, so I don't remember exactly how thick the walls were. I do know that the kickstand on my bike is still functional 2 years after doing this though, so that's a good thing.
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