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hankorhann
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front forks

Postby hankorhann » Mon Sep 08, 2014 4:14 pm



i have a 2004 wing with abs when i am removing the front forks do i have cearance with the bike on the centre stand



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Re: front forks

Postby mrtwowheel » Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:34 pm

With the front wheel off, yes.

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Re: front forks

Postby MikeB » Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:40 pm

Just make sure you block the engine up first. You don't want to loosen the forks in the triple trees until the motorcycle is supported by something other than the front wheel and tire.
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Re: front forks

Postby Dogsled » Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:53 am

Mike B is right. A decent center bike jack/stand or whatever is very reasonable in cost and will serve you for years. Before you pull that front wheel and forks make sure you stick some 2x6's or something under the back wheel to compensate for the front weight loss and so the bike doesn't tip backwards.

With that last line I wrote let me give you a word of caution of doing something stupid that can cause bike damage or get you hurt. Please take note of this because it is easy to do.

I did a front fork and had a center jack underneath it with 2 2x6's under the rear wheel. The process I use is once it's together, to lower the bike down on to the center stand and pull the jack out while it sits on the centerstand. Moving to quick I forgot the wood was under the rear wheel and the jack lowered down leaving the bike balancing on the two tires and no way to move it because I was holding the whole weight of the bike keeping it balanced. I couldn't push it forward because the wood was in the way of the centerstand and holding the whole weight of the bike I couldn't bend down to tighten the jack release to pump it back up..... I stood there for 5 minutes thinking til a neighbor came out and I was able to have him tighten the jack valve.
Motto: remove all obstacles from under the jack before lowering it......or don't work alone......i'll tell you what. If I woulda had my cell phone, I woulda called 911.......so another motto always carry your cell phone......
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Re: front forks

Postby thrasherg » Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:47 pm

Dogsled wrote:Mike B is right. A decent center bike jack/stand or whatever is very reasonable in cost and will serve you for years. Before you pull that front wheel and forks make sure you stick some 2x6's or something under the back wheel to compensate for the front weight loss and so the bike doesn't tip backwards.

With that last line I wrote let me give you a word of caution of doing something stupid that can cause bike damage or get you hurt. Please take note of this because it is easy to do.

I did a front fork and had a center jack underneath it with 2 2x6's under the rear wheel. The process I use is once it's together, to lower the bike down on to the center stand and pull the jack out while it sits on the centerstand. Moving to quick I forgot the wood was under the rear wheel and the jack lowered down leaving the bike balancing on the two tires and no way to move it because I was holding the whole weight of the bike keeping it balanced. I couldn't push it forward because the wood was in the way of the centerstand and holding the whole weight of the bike I couldn't bend down to tighten the jack release to pump it back up..... I stood there for 5 minutes thinking til a neighbor came out and I was able to have him tighten the jack valve.
Motto: remove all obstacles from under the jack before lowering it......or don't work alone......i'll tell you what. If I woulda had my cell phone, I woulda called 911.......so another motto always carry your cell phone......


I guess I must be slow on the uptake, I cannot understand what you are doing here? If he wants to remove the front wheel, you put the bike on its center stand and then place a trolley jack with a block of wood (between the jack and the engine casing to prevent damage to the engine casings), under the front of the engine and just pump the jack until the front wheel starts to leave the floor, once the front wheel stops touching the floor, stop pumping the jack stop and remove the wheel and forks? Why would you have blocks of wood under the rear wheel? I am completely lost by your technique? The story sounds quite entertaining, but I can't picture what you where doing!! :oops:

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Re: front forks

Postby MikeB » Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:24 pm

thrasherg wrote:
Dogsled wrote:Mike B is right. A decent center bike jack/stand or whatever is very reasonable in cost and will serve you for years. Before you pull that front wheel and forks make sure you stick some 2x6's or something under the back wheel to compensate for the front weight loss and so the bike doesn't tip backwards.

With that last line I wrote let me give you a word of caution of doing something stupid that can cause bike damage or get you hurt. Please take note of this because it is easy to do.

I did a front fork and had a center jack underneath it with 2 2x6's under the rear wheel. The process I use is once it's together, to lower the bike down on to the center stand and pull the jack out while it sits on the centerstand. Moving to quick I forgot the wood was under the rear wheel and the jack lowered down leaving the bike balancing on the two tires and no way to move it because I was holding the whole weight of the bike keeping it balanced. I couldn't push it forward because the wood was in the way of the centerstand and holding the whole weight of the bike I couldn't bend down to tighten the jack release to pump it back up..... I stood there for 5 minutes thinking til a neighbor came out and I was able to have him tighten the jack valve.
Motto: remove all obstacles from under the jack before lowering it......or don't work alone......i'll tell you what. If I woulda had my cell phone, I woulda called 911.......so another motto always carry your cell phone......


I guess I must be slow on the uptake, I cannot understand what you are doing here? If he wants to remove the front wheel, you put the bike on its center stand and then place a trolley jack with a block of wood (between the jack and the engine casing to prevent damage to the engine casings), under the front of the engine and just pump the jack until the front wheel starts to leave the floor, once the front wheel stops touching the floor, stop pumping the jack stop and remove the wheel and forks? Why would you have blocks of wood under the rear wheel? I am completely lost by your technique? The story sounds quite entertaining, but I can't picture what you where doing!! :oops:

Gary


It was all so far out in left field I just ignored it. Entertaining or not, it would really throw off a guy that was truly in need of assistance. I figured someone just got off on a tangent and didn't know how to stop the train.
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Re: front forks

Postby Dogsled » Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:45 pm

Hey Mike how could you reply to something you ignored???

Basically Mrtwowheels answered the question originally asked and anyones opinion after that was a waste of time.

How does one block up his engine if it's on a centerstand? and why would you have too?

Gary said he was confused, I accept, that I didn't explain myself well I guess he said his peace and I didn't feel it was worth wasting anybody elses reading time replying

So Mike explain to me why you felt that my reply, which was not directed to you or anyone else, was worth the insulting remarks to me..... Are you better than me?? are you smarter than me?? Do you want a cash refund for wasting your time?? Do you have a higher post count giving you senority? So as not to waste anybody elses time here, PM me with what the problem is.
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Re: front forks

Postby Dogsled » Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:56 pm

Mike;
Your 'by the way' was well taken and I would like to apologise for MY remarks to you. Thanks for the PM


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