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post #1 of 5 Old May 25th, 2009, 12:07 pm Thread Starter
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Question electro hydro center stand

1st question: Are the automatic center stands electric or hydraulic?

2nd question: Will the newer automatic center stand assemblies fit on the older bikes.
(Specifically, a 2003 LT?) I have heard / read that the bolt pattern is
the same and other than wiring, it is just a matter of un-bolting the
old and bolting on the new.

3rd question: Does anyone know where I could get one?
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post #2 of 5 Old May 25th, 2009, 12:12 pm
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Re: electro hydro center stand

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1st question: Are the automatic center stands electric or hydraulic?
Yes. There is an electric motor that drives a hydraulic pump.

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2nd question: Will the newer automatic center stand assemblies fit on the older bikes.
Yes, they'll bolt right up. But you'll have to sort out the wiring. Most folks simply ignore all the extra factory safety interlocks (side stand up, clutch in, etc.) and just run the new stand off a simple switch and relay.

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3rd question: Does anyone know where I could get one?
A good source is companies that trike LT's. Or used BMW bike wreckers. But they can still be kinda pricey.

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Re: electro hydro center stand

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I may have one June 17th. one other member has expessed an interest, the price will be in the $400 area. another wheel will be added to our 06 with 13k miles.

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Re: electro hydro center stand

Hello Dave,

I have a 2002 LT with the very mod you describe so I know it can be done. It was on the bike when I bought it last October. The gentleman that owned the bike previously had weak knees and couldn't lift the bike onto the center stand manually.

The center stand is activated by a simple toggle switch and I have to hold it on until the bike is up on the center stand then release the switch.

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post #5 of 5 Old May 26th, 2009, 6:26 am
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Re: electro hydro center stand

I did the upgrade on a '03. It works like a charm. Bolt pattern is exactly the same. The wiring is simple to figure out. I am moderately mechanically inclined and had no trouble doing the mod.

The challenge - holding the bike up while you take the old stand off and install the new one.

One possible solution - check out this link
www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17521
I built a variation of this contraption. I needed an extra set of hands to tie it up and to release it.

Another challenge is installing the first bolt. The stand is heavy and awkward. Once the first bolt goes in, the rest are easy. A second set of hands also comes in handy for this step.

Once you have everything together (parts, wires, switches, etc.) and figured out, plan on 3-4 hours.

Good luck!

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