How to remove mainstand or sidestand springs


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How to remove mainstand or sidestand springs

Postby PedroTQ » Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:54 pm



Removing those big springs for the main stand Etc can be a real pain, especially if you sip and take some bark off your knuckles. :x :x :x

I learnt a trick from the NGW club by using washers or similar packing and shoving them into the gaps between the coils when the spring is at it maximum extension.

I use 0.3mm (.012") Aluminium tags. I just cut them up into small strips and push 3 or 4 between each coil of the spring.

Then just lift the stand up to its park position and the spring is held in its stretched out length and just falls off. :) :) :)

Just do the reverse to refit the spring.
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The shimming that I use.
The shimming that I use.
With spring at its maximum extension, just push them in.
With spring at its maximum extension, just push them in.
Spring frozen at its extended length.
Spring frozen at its extended length.


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Re: How to remove mainstand or sidestand springs

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:48 pm

I like..........Very "out of the box" thinking... :mrgreen:

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Re: How to remove mainstand or sidestand springs

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 05, 2015 4:45 pm

Yup, I show the same method using pennies in How to lubricate your (side) kickstand. The aluminum pieces might give you a bit more area to grab than pennies.

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Re: How to remove mainstand or sidestand springs

Postby PedroTQ » Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:39 pm

Oops! .. sorry for repeating your information again ;)

I just lubricated the main stand, it makes a real big difference on the GL-1000 after a little slippery stuff is applied, she lifts up much easier and I guess the 1500 would be the same.

Once upon a time we had 1 & 2 Cent coins but they disappeared long ago, same with the 1 & 2 Dollar notes which are coins now.

I suppose we could use the 5 Cent coin for stainless washers, just drill a hole in them, much cheaper than buying them from the local hardware store.

All the best, Peter.


#1 - 1975 GL-1000 - showroom
#2 - 1976 GL-1000 - sidecar
#3 - 1978 GL-1000 - parts
#4 - 1975 GL-1000 - parts, but had the sidecar
#5 - 1978 GL-1000 - project with grandson (secret parts source)
#6 - 1988 GL-1500 - Flagship!
#7 - 1998 GL-1500C - Valkyrie


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