Remove front wheel/forks while on lift or centerstand?


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Remove front wheel/forks while on lift or centerstand?

Post by jeremysmith035 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:22 pm



1983 GL1100 interstate.

Is there enough clearance to remove the forks while only on the center stand?
I have access to a motorcycle lift (not jack) if I were to use the lift how would I remove the front wheel while on the lift?
I know I need to get the front end up high enough to remove the forks but am not sure how.



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Re: Remove front wheel/forks while on lift or centerstand?

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:13 pm

jeremysmith035 wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:22 pm
1983 GL1100 interstate.

Is there enough clearance to remove the forks while only on the center stand?
I have access to a motorcycle lift (not jack) if I were to use the lift how would I remove the front wheel while on the lift?
I know I need to get the front end up high enough to remove the forks but am not sure how.
Yes - but you need another support, because the bike rests on the front wheel when on the center stand. Here's how I've done it:

Put the bike on the center stand, use a trolley jack under the transmission to lift the front wheel off the ground. Remove the brakes, remove the front wheel. Remove the fender. Loosen the triple tree clamps, remove the forks by pulling them down, they can be removed one at a time. The bike will settle onto the center stand and rear wheel without the front wheel and forks installed, so make sure it is stable.

I would prefer doing it with a lift however - you can see me performing exactly this procedure on my 1500 here: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=16118

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