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Fitting an EHCS to a 1998 LT?

Having just picked up my new bike (1998 K 1200 LT) on march 20´ieth I am a total greenhorn as far as LT´s go. I have, however, noticed that it is quite difficult for a 72 kg (150 lb) guy, 1,76 cm (5´10" I guess) to put this behemoth on its center stand...

Have any of you "after monted" an EHCS to an older model bike, and, if so, what sort of money am I potentially looking at spending?

Thanks in advance for helping a "newbee" on the way...:-)

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Re: Fitting an EHCS to a 1998 LT?

I just did a quick search using EHCS and got 150+ hits to review. Can't review 'em all, cuz many don't apply to a retro fit, but this one does, I think. Looks to be doable, but sorta tricky. Good luck in the project.
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Having just picked up my new bike (1998 K 1200 LT) on march 20´ieth I am a total greenhorn as far as LT´s go. I have, however, noticed that it is quite difficult for a 72 kg (150 lb) guy, 1,76 cm (5´10" I guess) to put this behemoth on its center stand...

Have any of you "after monted" an EHCS to an older model bike, and, if so, what sort of money am I potentially looking at spending?

Thanks in advance for helping a "newbee" on the way...:-)
"Lifting" LT on the center stand has got nothing to do with strength or weight of the driver. Once again a matter of technique. It is not done by force.

- make sure bike is in neutral
- standing by the bike put the center stand on the ground as bike is in upright position (so that both feet of the center stand touch the ground)
- Now step on the center stand pedal and lift bike from the handle (use your legs)

Some practising and you will notice there is no need for heavy, always broken EHCS

BTW One more issue. If you rear spring preloader does not work and spring starts to be somewhat "tired" - it will make lifting harder. Look for threads of adding oil to preloader.

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Some practising and you will notice there is no need for heavy, always broken EHCS
A little off-topic, but why say the EHCS is "always broken"?
Realise it was done with a smiley, but just a very un-true statement.
Sure things wear out in them.. they are repairable just like anything else.

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Having just picked up my new bike (1998 K 1200 LT) on march 20´ieth I am a total greenhorn as far as LT´s go. I have, however, noticed that it is quite difficult for a 72 kg (150 lb) guy, 1,76 cm (5´10" I guess) to put this behemoth on its center stand...

Have any of you "after monted" an EHCS to an older model bike, and, if so, what sort of money am I potentially looking at spending?

Thanks in advance for helping a "newbee" on the way...:-)
the stock springs sag pretty quickly - replace springs bike will be at least 1 inch higher - big difference putting on center stand

if shock part of strut OK, HYPERPRO springs good option

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+1 On new shocks or springs. Considerable difference in being able to put it up on center stand.


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A little off-topic, but why say the EHCS is "always broken"?
Realise it was done with a smiley, but just a very un-true statement.
Sure things wear out in them.. they are repairable just like anything else.
Well, considering the amount of discussions of EHCS rebuilds, seems to be one of the "soft spots" in LT.

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The k1200lt was not made in 1998.

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The k1200lt was not made in 1998.
production of vehicles always starts the year before - my 2K was made late in Oct 99 - model year not neccessarily same as production year - he might be going by the VIN

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The k1200lt was not made in 1998.
I do think it was made in 1998, my registration paper says Oct. 16´th 1998 as first date of registration. I live in Denmark, so maybe we just got lucky and got some of the first production models...

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Re: Fitting an EHCS to a 1998 LT?

Thanks for your responses, had tried to search the site for an answer to this question, guess I just didn´t try hard enough Guess I just need a little more practice getting it right with the technique of stepping and lifting...might have to look at the rear suspension as well...feels right when riding, but then again...

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Re: Fitting an EHCS to a 1998 LT?

I bought my 00 new in 01. Have NEVER been able to get her on the center stand. I keep a short piece of 2x4, place it under the rear tire, put her in reverse, push the center stand down and hit reverse. As she rides up the 2x4 she mounts herself on the center stand.

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I bought my 00 new in 01. Have NEVER been able to get her on the center stand. I keep a short piece of 2x4, place it under the rear tire, put her in reverse, push the center stand down and hit reverse. As she rides up the 2x4 she mounts herself on the center stand.

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Sounds like something I might want to try.
Do you do that while sitting on it? Or standing next to it?

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While sitting.

I think because she has tipped over on me many times, I'm afraid that while I'm trying to get her up on the center stand that she will drop like a ton. Also, I'm afraid to pull her off the center stand while standing beside her.

I've watched videos on how to push her back up many, many times and have never been able to do that either.

when I first bought he, I was able to pick her up by locking the hand bars in place and picker her up by the bars. that did slightly alter the position of the bars.

during the past few years I haven't been able to pick her up by the bars, lost strength in my legs.

every once in a while I day dream about some device I can carry on the LT that will allow me to get her back up when she lays down--nothing practicle so far other than some sort air cushion device run from 12V portable air compressor--pump up, install spacer the same height, pump up again, many iterations.

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