Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Another Hydraulic Center Stand Retro-fit
Today I completed my center stand retro-fit. I don't know what model year the stand was off of, but I put it on my 2003.
I'm not doing a photo-essay, because several of you guys already did that. But there were a few gotchas that I want to pass along.
- First off, mine came with a built-in relay. After all the relay talk, I had already purchased one, and a 30 amp in-line fuse. But after careful examination, I realized that the wiring harness that came with the new stand had a relay built-in. I did use the 30 amp fuse, though.
- I thought I was missing two bolts--the center stand came with the skid plate not attached to the back section. I ran down to my BMW dealer, and of course, they didn't have the required 10x45 bolts. So, next stop was Ace Hardware where they actually had 10x50 bolts. I bought two, headed home, now confident I had everything I needed. When I started taking the old center stand off, I realized that the bolts holding the skid plate to the back section would work for the hydraulic stand, though they were a little longer than needed. I wound up using the new bolts anyway.
- The two front bolts that hold the skid plate up attach at the sides of the engine. The mount on the hydraulic stand uses rubber inserts with a metal piece that goes through the rubber. The bolts on my old mount were too large for this setup. I had to remove the metal through-piece and just tightened the rubber mount with the old bolt. I looked at my buddies 2005 and it seems like he has an extra threaded hole there for the smaller bolt.
- The front bolt that goes on the left side, near the exhaust pipes was a bitch to get in. That was the hardest part of the entire job.
So, that's it. I put a push button switch near the lift handle, and it works like a charm. What a great investment. Though it was a bigger job than I expected after reading the posts, it's not that bad. It took me just over 3 hours, not counting putting back the lower faring and tip-over wing parts, which I haven't done yet.
FYI: To keep my bike vertical, I bolted steel plates to studs at the sides of my garage (single-car garage) and used ties from the bike to the plates. This worked out fine. I'll be happy to answer any questions.
Salt Lake City, UT
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