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I have a 05 with the power center stand. Last fall it refused to lift the bike and me up. My brother, who is a really good wrench, and i worked on it over the winter. We took the motor to a starter shop. They took the motor apart, cleaned it, checked it all out and said it was good to go. We then moved onto the pump and took everything apart, cleaned it and put it back together. Long story short, It ain't working and I'm tired of messing with it. Can someone with a 99 to a 04 take pictures of their center stand so we can weld up what is needed to make a manual stand. Thanks Chuck
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post #2 of 12 Old Apr 8th, 2011, 9:21 pm
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I don't have any to take pictures of but I would be intrested in having your old unit for a potential re-build. Also you could buy a used early center stand unit from a wrecker and it will bolt right up to the tranny just like the 05 frame does. That way you could always go back.

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Don't know if you tried any of the repair solutions in the links. You could also search & find more.

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I had trouble with my 06 with 28000 miles. My BMW shop sent the motor to a shop for checking, it was OK. I sent them the "How To" from this site and they replaced the fluid. Still not working. It turned out to be the controller, an electrical box that is only a printed circuit board in a water tight housing somewhere under the seat. They replaced it, for $173 and now it works.

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Never retreat.

From some of these posts it seems like riders go from the manual center stand and upgrade to the Hydraulic. I understand you said you are tired working on it. If you are the one behind the original install you must have had a reason. If not you, then here are some considerations why a little persistence in getting it working might outweigh going back to manual.

The average LT is 800 pounds and getting it up on a manual c-stand more than once or twice could start wearing on anyone. What if you used it more than once a day or more than once a trip. Add up all those moves and the fact we get older everyday. There will come a point when you need it rather than just want it. Some people claim that bigger bikes throw out their hips.

But if you must I have seen on these posts many upgrades from manual to Hydraulics so one of them should have that part.
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I don't know that I would retrofit an older config, but I kind of like the balance and manual lift threshold balance of the center-stand, once you learn the leverage you'll ignore the side stand for all but getting fuel or the 2-3 seconds it takes to get off the bike. My 2000 lives on the center stand every time I stop... just do not trust the side stand.

I guess one less failure point keeping it simple.

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I don't know that I would retrofit an older config, but I kind of like the balance and manual lift threshold balance of the center-stand, once you learn the leverage you'll ignore the side stand for all but getting fuel or the 2-3 seconds it takes to get off the bike. My 2000 lives on the center stand every time I stop... just do not trust the side stand.

I guess one less failure point keeping it simple.
There is not more for me to add.

I can see from your milage and riding experience when not riding these machines reside on the center stand. I did it for the past 23 years with '85 GL1200 700+ pounds and did the same right off the bat with the LT( mine came with hydraulics) and what a difference it makes. As a matter of fact that was one of the reasons I was not interested in the GL1500 or GL1800.

Recently I read a post where the wind had blown these babies of the center stand so I had the chance to leave it on the side stand and watch it shake my first ride of the season. The cs is still king.
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If you do decide to go backwards and install a manual center stand, remember that you will need the grab handle.

My 2005 does not have one whereas my 2001 did.

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If you do decide to go backwards and install a manual center stand, remember that you will need the grab handle.

My 2005 does not have one whereas my 2001 did.
Now why didn't I think of that.
I rode a Goldwing for 20+ years and the grab handle was what the passenger held onto. I have ridden a K100LT and it had a black handle that folded down when not in use. So obviously a manual cs needs some leverage to get to that position. Chuck how will you fix that situation and is there any place on the frame you could get to to make it happen. Keep us posted if you go through with it.
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Now why didn't I think of that.
I rode a Goldwing for 20+ years and the grab handle was what the passenger held onto. I have ridden a K100LT and it had a black handle that folded down when not in use. So obviously a manual cs needs some leverage to get to that position. Chuck how will you fix that situation and is there any place on the frame you could get to to make it happen. Keep us posted if you go through with it.
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I have a grab handle, but never use it. I use the handle on the side case since it helps me keep my back straight and get more leg into it. Several others have mentioned doing it this way too. Those side cases are tough.

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I have a grab handle, but never use it. I use the handle on the side case since it helps me keep my back straight and get more leg into it. Several others have mentioned doing it this way too. Those side cases are tough.
+ 1 here. I am also on the tall end of things and to have to reach down to get to the grab handle takes a lot more umpt. The saddlebag handle works great.

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You learn something new everyday.

I did not think the case handles could support that kind of stress. But a couple of you seem to use that technic routinely so experience is the best guide. I wanted to lay my bike down on a soft blanket to see if I could right it back up by myself. Did not want to try it thinking the handle was too frail. Feel a little more confident. Thanks. Sorry this thread was about the center stand. How did I get here.
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