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Side stand spring

Posted by George Phillips at July 14. 2017
I've put this query under "General" as that's what it is but the bike is a '55 ES2. Has anyone any experience of removing/replacing the spring? The hole in the lug appears to have worn as the bike leans at a dangerous angle when on the side stand and I need to investigate it but the thought of removing/ replacing the spring is too daunting. I've checked the message threads but haven't found a specific answer. Cheers George

Re: Side stand spring

Posted by Bob Matthews at July 14. 2017

Hi George,  there are many different approaches to removing and replacing stand springs and it's often better to watch someone do it, rather than reading someone's description of how they do it, so I suggest you look at a few vids from youtube.  It's not that difficult if you take care and use your noggin Laughing.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=replace+side+stand+spring&num=100&source=lnms&tbm=vid&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiMgbjC3IjVAhVhF8AKHfvuBb8Q_AUICigB&biw=1920&bih=926

Re: Side stand spring

Posted by christopher_winsby at July 14. 2017

Bend spring( one end held in vise if you have one) one way to open other side of coils, slot in 2 p coin, bend the other way, slot in another 2 p coin continue for all the coils. Spring now longer. (I put tape round so they would not come out) Hook in place and fit and stand (stand in up position). Cut tape if fitted and put stand down, spring extends and coins full out.

Re: Side stand spring

Posted by George Phillips at July 14. 2017
Thanks Chris. I'd read about that method for fitting but how do you remove the very tight spring?

Re: Side stand spring

Posted by George Phillips at July 14. 2017
Thanks Bob. I had to laugh when i watched the vid. It made it look so simple. Still, I'll give it a go. Many thanks for your most helpful input. George

Re: Side stand spring

Posted by John Oldridge at July 14. 2017

Hi George

The method I have always used (even on the center stand ) is to connect a loop of strong nylon cord....say 8" in length of a thin diameter......1 - 2mm should suffice, and place it round the hook on the end of the spring, put a piece of dowel or similar through the other end of the loop of cord. It is then fairly easy to pull the spring over (or off) the retaining peg.

The cord can then be cut on one side and pulled out....simples.

Regards John O

Re: Side stand spring

Posted by George Phillips at July 14. 2017
I tried the cord method on the centre stand, John, and it took two of us plus a long length of timber to get sufficient mechanical advantage to pop it on. We did - but I wouldn't want to do it again!

Re: Side stand spring

Posted by Paul Knapp at July 15. 2017

If you watch all the videos on YouTube, there are some interesting methods. I personally find it is generally easier to fit the spring first to the loose stand, then using the length of the leg on stand as a lever, manoeuvre the threaded end around to line up the bolt hole. Also, using a thin screw driver in the hole to get the final line up for the bolt.

Re: Side stand spring

Posted by George Phillips at July 15. 2017
Managed to remove the spring this morning despite not having enough or the right size washers (for the washer method) only find that the retaining bolt has sheared its threads and won't come out. Now I've got work out how to get the bold out!

Re: Side stand spring

Posted by anna jeannette Dixon at July 16. 2017

Hello,   George right size washers from Nookys Nuts you find him on eBay or www.nookys-nuts.com     hope your winning   yours   anna j 

Re: Side stand spring

Posted by christopher_winsby at July 16. 2017
Previously George Phillips wrote:
Thanks Chris. I'd read about that method for fitting but how do you remove the very tight spring?
I have used Mole grips to grip spring. I have also used the cord method but longer cord attached to the electric hoist and going round a pulley when fitting the Centre Stand. It was after this I was told about the washer way.

Re: Side stand spring

Posted by christopher_winsby at July 16. 2017
Previously George Phillips wrote:
Thanks Chris. I'd read about that method for fitting but how do you remove the very tight spring?
I have used Mole grips to grip spring. I have also used the cord method but longer cord attached to the electric hoist and going round a pulley when fitting the Centre Stand. It was after this I was told about the washer way. Hose clips can be used for attaching old control cables which can the be attached to studding anchored with an old bracket then used to tension the spring and pull the side stand into place. It depends on what you have available.
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