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Tire change - supporting front fork

Geetings Everyone,

I am about ready to change tires and can't wait! Going to the Michelin Road 5's. I have spools and track stand for the rear that I have been using almost since day one, so no problem on the rear. Also going to 44 tooth rear sprocket.

I have no way to get the front forks off the ground. Other than buying a front track stand which I really don't want to do, any ideas to safely change out the front tire?
Can the bike be safely supported by a hydraulic floor jack, which I have, from the center of the bike without damage?
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I will give you my opinion, using a hydraulic jack, many have done it, however I can tell you if the bike goes over and you don't get hurt in the process, the damage will exceed the cost of a venom stand. The balance point is just forward of the footpegs.

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Spend the money on a good front stand, trust me.
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My suggestion would be the purchase of a front triple tree support stand. You will eventually require one for fork maintenance work. The pin that inserts into the triple tree is specially sized to the bike. I also use the stand for brake work. I believe it is a 27mm pin.

Not all stands including the Venom stand i use elevate the front wheel high enough due to versys long travel suspension. Placing wheels of stand on scrap 2◊4s, before lifting, laid on either side of front wheel, is one easy work around. Some stands adjust for height which avoids the use of 2x4's.
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I had a problem with the venom stand and went with the TRex triple tree stand, is much sturdier construction than the venom and can go much taller, similar to the pitbull stand but less $. Definitely recommend you get a triple tree stand, donít use that often but in my opinion the only easy way to safely do front end work.

P.S. I just changed tire, chain and sprockets last weekend, went with 44T rear. Looking forward to trying it out this weekend.
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The triple tree stand (T-REX here) makes life easier and encourages me to keep the rims clean and the bike takes up less space (make that a smaller target) during those weeks we get when it's not safe to ride.
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My suggestion would be the purchase of a front triple tree support stand. You will eventually require one for fork maintenance work. The pin that inserts into the triple tree is specially sized to the bike. I also use the stand for brake work. I believe it is a 27mm pin.

Not all stands including the Venom stand i use elevate the front wheel high enough due to versys long travel suspension. Placing wheels of stand on scrap 2◊4s, before lifting, laid on either side of front wheel, is one easy work around. Some stands adjust for height which avoids the use of 2x4's.
I fully agree and it has been discussed before, Trex and others are much better and more than double the price of a Venom stand. I did a post on this c/w photos , in those photos is my 2015, I included photos with a tape measure showing the clearance , notice also no 2X4 under the wheels, the rear stand plays a important part of the front stand, if the rear is too high, you will have less clearance on the front with the same stand.
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I had a problem with the venom stand and went with the TRex triple tree stand, is much sturdier construction than the venom and can go much taller, similar to the pitbull stand but less $. Definitely recommend you get a triple tree stand, donít use that often but in my opinion the only easy way to safely do front end work....
Here's a pic of my '15, supported on a T-Rex triple-tree front stand, and a Harbor-Freight rear (since replaced by another TRex rear stand).



THIS is about as good as it gets!!!

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You mentioned the 27mm pin. The Venom comes with a 13,15,16.5, 17 and 18mm pins. ?? Do I need to get a pin that is not included with the stand?

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You mentioned the 27mm pin. The Venom comes with a 13,15,16.5, 17 and 18mm pins. ?? Do I need to get a pin that is not included with the stand?

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take a look at the rubber plug where the pin fits the tree
I have a first gen & it takes a 27mm pin
so prolly yeah
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Thanks! I am learning a lot! So...I would have to order a separate pin 'cause one that big does not come with the triple tree stand. So typical for me!
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I bought the T-Rex rear and front triple tree stands as a set for my 2016 650. It came with the correct size pin for the front.

HERE is just the front by itself. Looks like the opening of the spring riding season has caught them off guard as they have temporarily run out of stock of the front triple tree stand.

I had never used a front stand before but I was very impressed with how rock solid stable the combination of the two stands make the bike. I'm very satisfied with the T-Rex.

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I bought the T-Rex rear and front triple tree stands as a set for my 2016 650. It came with the correct size pin for the front.

HERE is just the front by itself. Looks like the opening of the spring riding season has caught them off guard as they have temporarily run out of stock of the front triple tree stand.

I had never used a front stand before but I was very impressed with how rock solid stable the combination of the two stands make the bike. I'm very satisfied with the T-Rex.
They have the anodized version for $10 more.https://t-rex-racing.com/catalog.php?item=109
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They have the anodized version for $10 more.https://t-rex-racing.com/catalog.php?item=109
Thanks. I had forgotten they had two different colors. I see they have this color in stock.

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