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post #1 of 8 Old Aug 7th, 2007, 11:41 am Thread Starter
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Question Getting harder to raise

Has anyone had a problem with getting the LT on the center stand. I have an 02 bought new. The dealer has replaced the shock twice but even they say that it sits low. They have no idea what is causing the problem. I've shown new owners how to get their LT's up and almost threw it off backwards it was so easy. I could sure use some ideas. Thanx
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post #2 of 8 Old Aug 7th, 2007, 12:24 pm
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1) Go to a different dealer/service dept. Your dealer replaced a shock twice without knowing what the problem is (i.e., without knowing whether the shock was sagging)???? Your dealer admits that the problem still exists and shrugs his/her shoulders????
2) Once you have a proper diagnosis you can address the root cause. In the meantime, many people have found that riding the front wheel onto a 3/4" piece of plywood when you park at home makes putting it on the center stand much easier. Not much help when you are away from home, though.
3) Use the side stand until you get a proper diagnosis. After you turn off the bike, hold it leaned just slightly to the right for 15 sec (I unstrap and pull off my helmet during that time). It won't smoke when you start it up again.
4) If you do your own wrenching, remove the center stand, inspect the frame where it attaches and the pivot point of the stand, clean everything, re-grease everything, and reinstall. At the very least you can rule out the center stand as contributing to the problem. HTH.

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Forgot to tell you that they have also replaced the center stand. Due to the amount of force needed to raise it, it actually twisted it to the point that it wobbled while on it.
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My 02 was getting difficult to put it on the centerstand, but when I replace the shocks front and rear it was easy again, my shocks were shot. Go to a different dealer, none of this makes any sense (you do have air in the tires )

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Kink... kool name.. phil owt ur profile, plz.

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How is the rear tire? Mine gets difficult towards the end of the tires life as it flattens out.
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You could also set up a couple of boards to be beneath each tire in your garage. That way the "center stand" will have a shorter distance to raise the bike.

In order to see how different your bike is from another, how about measuring the distance from the ground when you are stationary. Just straddle the bike (don't sit) and post here.. That way you'll get an idea of how "different" yours may be when others reply with the same "measurement".

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Front shock might be the one that's sagging.

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