Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Re: Removing the center stand
Nothing flammable there, but if possible use a heat gun and not a flame device. There may be oil on top of the skid plate, so check that.
To loosen Loctite, you heat to only around 170 deg. F., so do not over heat it. There are O-rings on the pivots, so if you heat it too much you can damage them.
I removed mine without heating anything.
IF you are removing the stand pivots for lubrication:
Getting the spring off is difficult, but this method has been used: With the stand down, put as many coins or washers between the coils as you can, then when the stand is folded back up the spring will be loose on the hooks.
Getting the pivot bushings out can be quite difficult, since there is no way to drive them out of their pockets from the back side. You can use a small bent pick to put some pressure out on them and wiggle the stand back and forth to try to move them. They only have to move out about 1/8" on each side to release from their pockets. Then you can drop the stand and knock them the rest of the way out.
Tip: Once out, you can use a 7/16" tap to tap about two threads into the outside end of them, then next time you want to remove for lubrication use a 7/16" bolt (same thread pitch as you tap them, 7/16-14 or 7/16-20) as a puller.
You MAY be able to use a tap to pull them out first time, if you can get the tap to just start cutting before the bushing spins.
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