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Lengthening Kickstand

I have a 2009 that I removed the lowering linkage and have raised the front forks back up. Any suggestions on how to make the kickstand longer? I know that when the bike was lowered that the owner cut a bit out. Would also be nice if I could have a larger foot on the end.
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I have a 2009 that I removed the lowering linkage and have raised the front forks back up. Any suggestions on how to make the kickstand longer? I know that when the bike was lowered that the owner cut a bit out. Would also be nice if I could have a larger foot on the end.
Find a piece of pipe that just slips over the kick stand and figure out how much longer it needs to be. Weld it together and there you go. I just put a larger foot on my bike a couple of days ago. Found a 1/8" thick piece of steel and shaped it the same as the original but 1" larger all the way around. Welded it on and if that sucker sinks into the ground I'm in a swamp.
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I will try that. Problem will be finding someone to weld it up.

Wish i had the money to do that adjustable one but man is that pricey
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Yeah... I just welded a hollow foot to mine to make it longer and larger.
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I saw used one for a 2010 on ebay for 29.99

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One would really have to be in love with the bike to spend that sort of cash on a kickstand

Then again, I might just be cheap
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I would just get a new one if a used one could not be found. They can be had from Partzilla for only $53. Lot less hassle and you don't have to worry about finding something to extend it with, plus pay a welder to put it all together.
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A welding shop will charge about an hour for the work I mentioned. That's going to be about $40-$100. I'm not sure if it would be cheaper to just buy a new stand and then buy one of those aftermarkets feet pads. I have a welder so my cost was minimal. Good luck.
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I will try that. Problem will be finding someone to weld it up.

Wish i had the money to do that adjustable one but man is that pricey
...OR just weld a VERY large washer to the bottom.

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...OR just weld a VERY large washer to the bottom.

I never even thought of that one.............
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I never even thought of that one.............
I did that for my KLR650. NEVER sank in after....

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A large block of wood works for me.

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I have a 2009 that I removed the lowering linkage and have raised the front forks back up. Any suggestions on how to make the kickstand longer? I know that when the bike was lowered that the owner cut a bit out. Would also be nice if I could have a larger foot on the end.
A large block of wood with a bit of creative router work in the center works cheaply. and well. Distributes the weight evenly on soft ground or asphalt. When it gets too mucked up to continue use, clone it.

YMMV.
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A large block of wood with a bit of creative router work in the center works cheaply. and well. Distributes the weight evenly on soft ground or asphalt. When it gets too mucked up to continue use, clone it.

YMMV.
Did you attach the wood block to the kickstand? of have to put it down every time before your kickstand?
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Try a salvage yard. You can purchase a used sidestand for a good price.

Or EBay

Hurry and buy this one

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$29 and free shipping.

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Smile string. plain ol' pink string....

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Did you attach the wood block to the kickstand? of have to put it down every time before your kickstand?
Hi: I drilled a hole and tied a long piece of fluorescent string to the block of wood, then use it to lower the block to the ground (50% chance of the right side being up of course) and set the kickstand on it.

I then use the same string to a) remind me to pick it up) and b) pick it up and put it in my tank bag.

If I was REALLY lazy I'd route the outline of the kickstand pad on both sides so I didn't have to fight with turning the block over. I'm too lazy.
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If shopping for used, I purchased a KLR stand on ebay for, I think, $50 which is a bit longer than stock and has a larger foot. SOME of the enlarger feet (in my case, Gen 2 versys and Motowerk foot) can create contact with the swingarm. Honestly - I felt the whole thing was a PITA, and the KLR stand (2008+, the one with the bend in it) is a direct bolt in for the Gen 2, possibly Gen 1 as well. No welding, no ordering feet, no brain damage.

The Gen 2 OEM stand is almost exactly 12" long, the KLR stand is approximately 12.5" long.

If you really want the OEM side stand and the motowerk foot AND the L bracket to prevent the enlarged foot from hitting the swingarm, make me an offer and I'll sell you mine. The motowerk flatfoot retails for $48, but there are many other lower cost solutions from other members on the forum, including a really inexpensive foot from ebay.

Of course, by the time you pay to ship anything to Ontario..... good luck!

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