Drill hole through center stand arm?

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  1. 8MoreMiles

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    Many years ago I installed new cases and a new exhaust (05 1200GS). The new exhaust changed the route slightly which meant the bump stop didn’t align properly and the center stand would hit the swing arm.

    So I came up with a janky solution using some hose clamps and a bit of rubber clamped on the center stand to hit the now shifted stop on the exhaust. As I’m taking the time now to fix MacGyver’d work on the bike, I want to fix this.

    Plan: drill and tap M6 hole from front to back through the center stand and place a rubber threaded bumper on it. I’ll use a lock washer and loctite to keep it from backing off.

    should I worry that this will significantly damage the structural integrity of the stand?

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  2. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist Mehr Gelände Weniger Straße

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    Or, you could maybe rotate that clamp not to interfere with the CS? :hmmmmm
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  3. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Or is the clamp there on purpose so it hits your rubber bits on the stand because otherwise the stand would swing up all the way and just hit the pipe?
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  4. 8MoreMiles

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    The clamp on the exhaust is rotated so it hits the rubber piece, otherwise the right side of the stand comes up and smacks the swing arm.
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    Lead Wrist Mehr Gelände Weniger Straße

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    The exhaust has rubber bumper to prevent this or it should've had rubber bumper. :deal

    There was also a hard stop for CS - rubber just prevents the "noise"...
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    Lead Wrist Mehr Gelände Weniger Straße

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    There's something wrong in that "picture" that you described, as it's not stock configuration - ymmv... :deal
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  7. 8MoreMiles

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    Correct, this is not the stock exhaust and routes in closer to the bike so there’s no longer a rubber stop. I put the hose clamp contraption on in a hardware store parking. The previous bump stop isn’t available so I made one using some left over rubber and the exhaust clamp.
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    ^^ Sounds good... :thumb
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  9. Rick92040

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    I don't think a small hole will affect the structural integrity of the stand enough to matter.
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  10. 8MoreMiles

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    Thanks, I think it’ll be ok with a bolt through it and it’s a stable load once on the stand. It’s not like I’m turning the post into Swiss cheese.
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    I'm pretty sure a 6mm hole will affect the integrity of the stand.
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  12. side-burn

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    I wouldn’t do it, but that’s just me. I’d figure something else out, call me crazy.
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  13. Boxerbreath

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    Not to worry
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  14. 8MoreMiles

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    Trust me, I’ve been browsing McMaster-Carr looking at options.

    Also considered a clamping option to the skid plate as I don’t see removing that in my future.
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  15. The Fabricator

    The Fabricator I didn't know it wasn't possible so I did it.

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    I would fabricate and braze a bracket to the side stand. This could be done with the center stand mounted.
    A hole would be a stress point where a crack could initiate. A lot of weight on the center stand and a lot of torque generated when the bike is twisted on the center stand.
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  16. side-burn

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    Just make DMAN sure you spray that hole with protectant so it doesn’t rust. Once it starts you’ll be in trouble.
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  17. cpallen

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    I have had good luck (mis)using these anchor cable clamps for various things on my bikes. Maybe you can use one to mount your rubber stop instead of drilling a hole in your center stand.

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    If you drill a hole in the stand - I wouldn't tap it. I would drill it oversize and use a sleeve over the bolt so you don't crush the tubing when you tighten it up. A nylock nut would look ok and you could trim any excess bolt so it would be less of a snap or puncture hazard.
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