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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-06-2020, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Front stand drama....

A little warning to those who like to bring "loosies" to the motorcycle shop instead of bringing the whole bike to have them put on new rubber. The big front end forks and ABS plate etc etc is real dicey when you're removing the front wheel on a track stand. I scratched the heck out of my ABS plate yesterday getting the wheel off. Then I decided to take a Dremel and file down the bolts that protrude to the inside of the stand....we'll see if that works putting the wheel back on. If it's still sketchy, this may be the first bike that I decide to just pay the extra to have the dealer install tires "on bike". Rear was not as easy as the VFR to deal with (nothing is), but went smooth. Track stand is a "Trackside" from cycle gear fyi. Seems to be a well made stand...perhaps a bit narrow for the big FJR. I used perm marker to color the scratches...I guess Ill be looking for some matte black touchup paint eventually...

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Just did both tires last week not a huge deal. Put the bike on the center stand and used a floor jack with a piece of plywood on it under the header pipes. Once I had the front wheel off I put a “dummy” axle through the front forks and used a pair of jack stands and lowered the floor jack so there wasn’t any pressure on the header.
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Just did both tires last week not a huge deal. Put the bike on the center stand and used a floor jack with a piece of plywood on it under the header pipes. Once I had the front wheel off I put a ďdummyĒ axle through the front forks and used a pair of jack stands and lowered the floor jack so there wasnít any pressure on the header.
I do as griff describes with the jack under the header except for the stands afterwards. There's no harm leaving the bike leveled that way all winter long. Plus my local Honda dealer will replace a loosie for $28 whether I buy the new tire from him or not. If they remove the wheel it jumps to $80 or so. For that I'd do my own.
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Satin black is a much better match for touchups than matte black. Also, use aluminium paint to touchup the silver bits.

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Best tool ever...... no need to use the black things or anything else.



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Just did both tires last week not a huge deal. Put the bike on the center stand and used a floor jack with a piece of plywood on it under the header pipes. Once I had the front wheel off I put a “dummy” axle through the front forks and used a pair of jack stands and lowered the floor jack so there wasn’t any pressure on the header.
I do as griff describes with the jack under the header except for the stands afterwards. There's no harm leaving the bike leveled that way all winter long. Plus my local Honda dealer will replace a loosie for $28 whether I buy the new tire from him or not. If they remove the wheel it jumps to $80 or so. For that I'd do my own.
I know it’s probably fine, but i just feel weird jacking a 640lb bike up on the exhaust...


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Best tool ever...... no need to use the black things or anything else.


I bet it is. Looks like it costs $300...lol

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I bought the stand above that Ray recommended and second his sentiments, best money I spent ! I use the black things under the frame while on the center stand , just stabile as a brick, I use it all the time when working on bikes. If I remember correctly it was under $50.

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Wow, that is a cool stand!

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The FJR is easy front wheel while on center stand and floor jack/wood under the header. I stick a 1x4 pc of wood uder the back tire then lift it under the header till the rear touched the wood. Feels a little more stable that way. I do that while it is on the air lift plus I have a NoMar tire changer and balancer. Life is easy.
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When on the centerstand, there is a balance of sorts... not that much weight on the headers at all. Push down on the tail to get an idea....
Very stable with the jack, no worries. My jack has been under countless FJR headers here and at tech days. Much easier than playing with jack stands and paddock stands and doesn't get in your way.
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