Pro Moto Billet Kickstand UPgrade

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by SteveO, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    The KTM kickstands leave a lot to be desired. They are held in place by a single bolt, which will fail and leave the rider without a kickstand.

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    I decided to "upgrade" to a Pro Moto Billet Kickstand. While the kickstand looks nice.....

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    there is a flaw with the design of this kickstand....at least, in my humble opinion, there is a flaw :evil
    The pin that holds the kickstand portion, holds the kickstand in place with a Snap-Ring. This Snap Ring is not very strong when leverage is placed on it during a dirt-nap.....

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    To remedy this engineering oversight, I created my own backing plate to replace the Pro Moto Billet "plastic" backing cover.

    I cut a 3/16" steel plate to the size of the plastic cover.
    I drilled a 3/8 hold in this plate that would allow a bolt to go through this plate.
    I drilled out the kickstand leg to 1/2", and put a steel sleeve in it, in which the 3/8" bolt would slide through the steel sleeve.
    Now, the kickstand leg is being supported by both sides of the kickstand body and a bolt that goes all the way through......instead of "Snap Ring" holding it all together.

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    This should last a lot longer now....:evil
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  2. ThePod

    ThePod n00b

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    Awesome pics and write up.

    I took your idea and ran with it. Did the same thing. Should hold up a lot better now.

    Thanks for the pics
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  3. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    Glad you like it. I've had ZERO issues with this modification. I was really disappointed with the design of the ProMoto Billet's snap-ring. During a crash that snap ring is all that is holding the pin in place. Not too well thought out. I suppose if you don't ever crash, on the left side, then, yeah, it'll save some weight, but come on, lets get real here.

    I guess the engineers don't crash that often, and thus they don't need to have "RookieMoto" bullet-proof strength in their design......
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  4. Tooltech

    Tooltech Been here awhile

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    I considered this side stand however, the manufacturer said it is NOT strong enough to use when mounting / dismounting off the foot peg.

    My goal is to have a side stand able to support the rider's weight. I find it difficult to get on and off the KTM 500 EXC while a full 25L dry bag is strapped on the back of the saddle.

    Does anyone know of a better side stand for the aforementioned purpose?
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  5. ThumpnRed

    ThumpnRed Pig Wrangler

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    Great idea, but the bolt sticking out looks like torn flesh waiting to happen. I'd cut it down and put an acorn nut on it.
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  6. mtbdemon

    mtbdemon Long timer

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    I have a KTM 620 Adventurer (Think 640) Would this kickstand work on it? I hate the one I currently have. it has fallen over its stand more then once....
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  7. WVa Dualsport

    WVa Dualsport Been here awhile

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    No, this is about as good as it gets as far as KTM kickstands are concerned.
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  8. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    Excellent idea, this winter I'll have to look into doing just that....

    thanks
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  9. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    I don't know if this particular model would work on your KTM 620. But, I would venture that Pro Moto has one for your bike, and you can then perform this upgrade to make it bullet proof. :evil
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  10. ThePod

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    Here's my upgraded kickstand in action on my KTM 200EXC
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    and my friend liked the idea so much he did it for his YZ450
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  11. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    Maybe Pro Moto Billet take a few notes from this thread and make a better kick stand.
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  12. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    Fixed the pics
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