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Supporting the FJR during maintanance

I have the bike on a lift. The front wheel is clamped.
Handlebars are strapped.
Can’t hang it from the ceiling. No time to build a frame.
Would any of you maniacs attempt to support the bike on the rear foot peg brackets during center stand removal?
Has anyone ever done it without bending up those brackets?
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Nothing too much wrong with it really, but I'd have a backup in case the jack stands kicked out or you bump them. The swingarm is off... curious why? but I'll assume you're servicing the bearings. I use a pair of eye hooks into solid framing in the ceiling and straps. I still back that up with an extra strap, and jack under the headers even though that is further forward, takes a wee bit of the load and just stops it from swinging.

Others have built an overhead frame with iron pipe...
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Thank you.
Yes, I'm doing the maintenance on the swing arm bearings and other related lube,
and shortening the center stand 1" to match my lowered bike and lowered side-stand.
I'm pulling the shock out to inspect it because I screwed that adjustment lever up
a little by having my girl flip the lever while I "thought" I had all my weight off the seat.
Now it makes a clicking sound in the soft setting when the bike moves up and down.
It's driving me crazy.

Bought the 2004 ABS last year with 6,660 miles, and I put 9,500 miles on it last year.
(She was tipped over in a dealership parking lot and I stole her for $2,200)
So now, because no one has ever been in there in 14 yrs, I'm doing ALL the maintenance except valve check.
I'll be replacing the brake fluid & bleeding the brakes, coolant again, differential oil, installing new plugs, syncing the throttle bodies. etc.
I have a used power commander to go in with a smoothness map.
Next year after I'm sure the plugs, sync, and power commander is happy,
it might be time for a valve check and remove AIS system with some used Wynn Pro block off plates I just got.
I'll be getting some newly painted fairings back from Garauld soon to finish the resto.
I'm in this bike for the long haul.
I want it to last 10 years or more at 8,000 - 10,000 miles a year,
more of course, if I get a chance to take some trips I'm dreaming about.

And yes, I've seen the nifty frame they make.
I might make one someday, just not now. No extra money.
I would love to hang it.
Right now my garage ceiling is covered in finished dry wall & paint.
The joists in the garage are like 4' apart or something stupid.
I remember crawling up there, and they had tacked extra 2x4's in there
just to support the dry wall.
So I'd need like a 3" steel pipe to span the four foot distance to cover 2 joists
and hang a chain off the pipe and through a little hole in the dry wall.
That or sister 2 good size joists together and throw those over the existing joists
and four foot span. Right now I don't have the pipe or the lumber.
Just a chain.
I'm praying that the baby Jesus will let me lift it just this once,
then I promise to be a good boy and set myself up with a properly mounted chain or chain fall.

This old crow bar through the rear-sets closer to the sub-frame looks like a better prospect.
I cut a 3" chunk of 2x4 to fit in the cavity behind the rear of the catalytic converters
underneath the rear motor mount. It fits in there tight.
Then I gave it a little test lift with a small floor jack.
I'll get it up on those stands and crowbar tomorrow when I have some light and all my strength.

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Thatís a perfectly good way to lift the rear. Iíve done that to other bikes many, many times. When I need to service the suspension on my FJR, Iíll do what youíre doing. Great pics, by the way.
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I hope you will share some pictures of how you shorten your center stand. I need to also shorten my C/S.
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Yes, I'm doing the maintenance on the swing arm bearings and other related lube,

Bought the 2004 ABS last year with 6,660 miles, and I put 9,500 miles on it last year.

So now, because no one has ever been in there in 14 yrs, I'm doing ALL the maintenance
I'd be interested to know how the swing arm (and other related) bearings/grease looks after 14 years and 16,160 miles, assuming that it's never had a service and is on its original factory lube.

I would hope and assume that that things will look pretty good, but agree with your desire to perform the service.

Thanks for your post, hope you'll keep us updated with your findings!

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I hope you will share some pictures of how you shorten your center stand. I need to also shorten my C/S.
Yes, I will gladly share pictures of the center stand if my plan works out.
I'll know more once I get it in my hands and get a better look at it.
I think I can shorten it by just drilling the 2 lower most pivot holes 1" lower,
then cutting down the tops of those legs (where the old holes were) to match
the critical angles, 2 of which the bike rests on with the stand deployed.
Ironically, I think the only thing that will require welding is relocating the spring mount.
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I'd be interested to know how the swing arm (and other related) bearings/grease looks after 14 years and 16,160 miles, assuming that it's never had a service and is on its original factory lube.

I would hope and assume that that things will look pretty good, but agree with your desire to perform the service.

Thanks for your post, hope you'll keep us updated with your findings!

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I'll take a few photo's of everything and post them here.

So far only very light rust on the drive shaft and U joint.
Hardly any at all, but I'll clean it with a Scotchbrite or SOS pad,
and apply a thin coating of grease.
I'll get into everything more tomorrow.
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The photo now looks much better... put the two non-shouldered center stand bolts in the opposite way (nuts outboard) so you can get it off next time to service the suspension pivot without interference to the exhaust.
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Quick question, Dave. How did you lift the FJR up high enough to get the pipe in place? When I lifted my R1 in a similar manner years ago, I put a floor jack under the rear suspension link and raised it just enough to get the rear wheel off the ground, then slid the pipe in place. On the FJR, I'd like to lift it up enough to service all of the suspension linkages and the centerstand as well.

Did you lift the FJR up as I described above? Any pics of the lift in progress, by chance, before you got it settled on the stands as shown above?

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