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Question Center Stand Lubrication for Pre 2005

I have a 2002 year model LT and just recently center stand started to stick. After I get off the center stand, I now have to push it up the center stand with my foot so that it retracts all the way up.
I checked the manual. It says that the center stand has to be disassembled for lubrication. Is there any way of lubricating the center stand without taking it off? if I have to take it off, how difficult is it? The manual mentions that I have to have couple of BMW tools to disassemble the center stand...

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post #2 of 10 Old Oct 18th, 2006, 4:19 pm
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The only hard part about removing the center stand is the removal of the spring. Someone suggested inserting pennies into the coils of the spring with it extended. This will keep the spring extended enough so that it can be easily removed. After you get the spring off, the center stand should come off with little difficulty

I didn't use this trick when I serviced my center stand and it took quite a bit of futzing with the spring to get it off and back on.

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On my '02 - I used an old fashioned drum brake spring tool to remove the spring and get it back on. Kind that looks like some sort of wicked medevil torture pliars. Worked a champ.

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Yes, you CAN take it apart, but...

why bother? Spray the area of the bushings and pivot points with brake cleaner to get the superficial grime off. Then spray the same places with NAPA chain and cable lube or similar product. This stuff is a grease type product with a volatile solvent the allows penetration of the lube and then evaporates leaving the heavier bodied grease. Work the centerstand up and down and reapply the lube. It will loosen up and the lube penetrates. Wipe off the excess.

Is this as good as a disassembly, cleaning, and rebuild? No, but it will work and is a time saver.



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I have a 2002 year model LT and just recently center stand started to stick. After I get off the center stand, I now have to push it up the center stand with my foot so that it retracts all the way up.
I checked the manual. It says that the center stand has to be disassembled for lubrication. Is there any way of lubricating the center stand without taking it off? if I have to take it off, how difficult is it? The manual mentions that I have to have couple of BMW tools to disassemble the center stand...

Thanks in advance...
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why bother? Spray the area of the bushings and pivot points with brake cleaner to get the superficial grime off. Then spray the same places with NAPA chain and cable lube or similar product. This stuff is a grease type product with a volatile solvent the allows penetration of the lube and then evaporates leaving the heavier bodied grease. Work the centerstand up and down and reapply the lube. It will loosen up and the lube penetrates. Wipe off the excess.

Is this as good as a disassembly, cleaning, and rebuild? No, but it will work and is a time saver.
That really only works if you have removed the "o" rings that keep the grease in and water out. Otherwise you are only lubing half of the wear area. Best to disassemble and clean first also to see if you still have the "o" rings.

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Yep, best to take it apart, clean everything well, and grease it before reassembly. No special tools are needed, except for fiddling with the spring as mentioned above. It's a bit of work, but well worth it. Much easier if you have a lift table with a front wheel chock, or a friend who does.

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When I took mine apart I drilled and taped and installed zerk fittings. I've never had it apart since - I just use a grease gun.

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I have mine off for another reason right now. Spraying the center stand with lub will only treat the symptoms, not fix the problem.

The spring is hard getting off but the pennies between the coils work. Nickles work a little better maybe because they are thinker. I used a small pair of needle nose vice grips to push them in between the coils when the stand was extended. You may still have to fight to get the springs (there are two of them) removed from the attach point on the stand.

The two bolts holding the pivot pins are threadlocked so I used a heat gun to soften the locktite. There is a circlip on the left (?) pivot pin to remove. and then you just press (beat) the pivot pins out.

The parts list does not include the p/n for the o-rings so you are on your own for finding replacements. Any auto parts place that has a selection of o-rings should be able to find one or four to fit. That's my afternoon "on the way home from work" job for today.

I was thinking about the grease to use when I put it back together. Lubraplate (sp?) is one consideration, molylub for CV joints is another. Any one have any suggestions? I figure with a load of 400 pounds on each pin I want some good stuff in there. I'm not sure I want to drill and thread holes for a grease fitting in that location. Better to just pull the bolts and do it right.

I believe in an old post long ago several members said they threaded the holes in the pivot pins so they could use a bolt to pull them out making it easier and faster to do the job. Might be something to consider.

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---------------I believe in an old post long ago several members said they threaded the holes in the pivot pins so they could use a bolt to pull them out making it easier and faster to do the job. Might be something to consider.
That was me. I used a 7/16 tap (fine/course thread pitch not important, match whatever bolt you can get) and tapped about three threads into the bushing. Next time it was a snap to use a 7/16 bolt to pull the bushings out.

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Yes Dave, that was you, wasn't it. Thanks again for all your help.........

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