Author Topic: Center Stand Balance for front wheel & fork removal?  (Read 4021 times)

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    Center Stand Balance for front wheel & fork removal?
    on: Feb 14, 2018, 10.28 am
    Feb 14, 2018, 10.28 am
    I am going to be removing my front wheel and then forks to have a suspension upgrade performed.  The bike will have to sit for 7-10 days with the front wheel completely off and the brake calipers dangling.  My question to the group is who has done this work themselves before and knows if the bike will balance on the center stand w/o the front wheel in place?  I have a m/c lift and a m/c jack and could use either to get the bike up in the air for ease of removing parts under the bike.  Contrarily, I might just leave the bike on the shop floor on the center stand if it balances OK on it's own.

    Any links to pictures or video of front fork removal would be valued!

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    Re: Center Stand Balance for front wheel & fork removal?
    Reply #1 on: Feb 14, 2018, 12.03 pm
    Feb 14, 2018, 12.03 pm
    I Always use a jack (under the exhaust) to lift the front tyre enough so it can be taken out.
    Never tried to remove the jack  :084:
    Advise not to dangle the brake calipers, support them a little with a tiewrap or rope something

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    Re: Center Stand Balance for front wheel & fork removal?
    Reply #2 on: Feb 14, 2018, 12.14 pm
    Feb 14, 2018, 12.14 pm
    Not done that on the CT but on my XJR I did as Superjeap said and supported under the exhaust and also ran a strap form the handlebars, up over the rafter in the garage and down to the bars again, just as a precaution.

    Again as Superjeap suggested, don't leave the calipers hanging on the hoses , find something to take the weight.

    Also might be an idea to put cardboard or similar between the pads ( about the thickness of the disc) to stop them moving out.


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    Re: Center Stand Balance for front wheel & fork removal?
    Reply #3 on: Feb 14, 2018, 03.00 pm
    Feb 14, 2018, 03.00 pm
    Thanks chaps.  I was definitely going to support the calipers so no worries there.  I still wonder though if the Honda center stand balances the machine w/o the front wheel on.  I'm guessing not since with the wheels on there is weight on the front tire but not sure.

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    Re: Center Stand Balance for front wheel & fork removal?
    Reply #4 on: Feb 14, 2018, 04.18 pm
    Feb 14, 2018, 04.18 pm
    Just stack some weight on the rack until the front wheel is lifting.  Then you are guaranteed it'll stay back on the rear wheel when you take the front wheel off.

    I actually just use a strap from them rack to a d-ring bolted into the concrete of my work space.  But I've used the above method on the road.
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    Re: Center Stand Balance for front wheel & fork removal?
    Reply #5 on: Feb 14, 2018, 04.44 pm
    Feb 14, 2018, 04.44 pm
    That could do the trick too. Thanks!

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    Re: Center Stand Balance for front wheel & fork removal?
    Reply #6 on: Feb 14, 2018, 05.35 pm
    Feb 14, 2018, 05.35 pm
    Use a scissor jack under the sump to support it,

    there is a ribbed flat piece on the bottom of the engine(if that makes sense) where you can jack a piece 3"x2" timber,
    from memory it needs to be  about 8-10" long,
    you will deffo need to support/lift it to remove the front wheel

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    Re: Center Stand Balance for front wheel & fork removal?
    Reply #7 on: Feb 16, 2018, 03.17 pm
    Feb 16, 2018, 03.17 pm
    *Originally Posted by Stump [+]
    Just stack some weight on the rack until the front wheel is lifting.  Then you are guaranteed it'll stay back on the rear wheel when you take the front wheel off.

    I actually just use a strap from them rack to a d-ring bolted into the concrete of my work space.  But I've used the above method on the road.

    Was thinking the same, so I did put a scale on the topcase plate. Put some weight on it and turned out to be ~35KG to lift the front wheel. You can deduct the weight of the front wheel when removed. I guess it weighs about ~15KG, so a counterweight of ~20KG will do the job  :152:


     



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