Hi - I have installed new centerstand from '05 onto my '02. The parts are direct bolt-ons, I even reused original bolts. Then I went to local auto parts store and bought two switches. I installed one on right handlebar and the other one under the seat below heated seat switch. I wired it directly to battery (with a fuse, also from auto parts store).
I have been using it for a while now. It is truly great! I am yet to use the sidestand (it is also from '05 because it mounts to the same subframe as centerstand and came with it). I love this setup. Last Saturday a group of us (about 50-60 bikes) went for a ride. I sure drew a crowd around my bike when stopped - I guess it is much fun watching it go on centerstand like that!
- I bought the whole setup on Ebay from a guy who triked his brand new LT and didn't need the centerstand anymore. I paid $750 for it. I also paid about extra $12 for 2 switches and an inline fuse (my friend gave me all the wire I needed).
- Standard '05 LT also has some sensors to prevent centerstand deployment when in gear, on unlevel ground, etc. I did not install any of them. This would be a lot more expensive and maybe even impossible. My solution is two switches - the one on handlebar won't work unless the safety one under the seat is turned on first. I also carefully placed the safety switch so I don't think I can accidentally turn it on - it is well hidden under the seat. Also, I am only going to use centerstand on level ground - just as I would with the regular centerstand I had on before. Otherwise, I'd park it on sidestand and leave it in first gear. In case it feels wobbly when deploying the centerstand, the mechanism is such that centerstand will be pulled up immediately if I stop pressing the switch. So, I feel confident about operating it.
- The actual mounting of new centerstand was very easy - it is a simple matter of taking old one off and bolting new one in it's place. However, it is a two man job. Also, the hardest thing for me was to position the bike so we can access the area underneath and have enough space to work on it. We ended up using transmission jack around front forks - we angled the front of bike upwards while the rear wheel was resting on the ground.
- The longest part of the job (it took me one day) was to do the proper wiring. I had to take the fairing off (side and bottom) as well as running new wires under handlebar covers. It wasn't hard, just time consuming.
- I used 30 gauge wires. It must be wired directly to battery for power. I first tried to tie it into my auxilliary lights, but that did not produce enough amps. The motor is power hungry. I also did it like that in order to use centerstand without having the key in the bike. That just works for me.
- Both of my switches have tiny led's in them, so I can tell if I left them on (especially the safety switch).
- If the bike is on centerstand and you still press the button to activate it, nothing happens - all you hear is the motor and it changes sound. This change in sound is how I know the centerstand is fully deployed and I can turn the switch off.
- You should also know that I'm not a mechanic or anything similar to it. So if I can do it, anyone pretty much can! But you should get a friend to help you.
That's all it cames to mind right now. It is in my opinion the single greatest upgrade to pre-'05 LT's and I simply love it! Well worth the price.
2002 Black Custom K1200LT
Last edited by Dejan; Feb 1st, 2006 at 10:10 pm.