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Front wheel removal with T-Rex stands??

OK, I've ordered some new tires since the originals have had it. I'm going to remove the wheels and take them to get mounted. I've done the search function and read a few threads about front wheel removal (specifically this one: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...+wheel+removal) and here's my question:

If I have the front & rear T-Rex stands, can I use these to remove the front wheel? The T-Rex site lists a triple-tree adapter for the front stand, and I read on some other threads where others have used straps?? with their stands to remove the front wheel? I'm just having trouble picturing why I need something else just to remove the wheel? I've got the hex bit (17mm) for the front bolt removal and the front stand kind of cradles the bottom of the fork (near the pinch bolt area but on the bottom and back).

Any suggestions? I read in the above thread that someone used automotive jackstands? Sorry for the naivety of this question, but this is my first motorcycle and part of the joy of ownership has been doing all my own maintenance work.... just trying to head off any issues before they happen. Any pictures to illustrate would be tremendously helpful. Thanks much!
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I've removed the wheels with cheap regular stands. It's just a matter of holding the bike up while applying force with the hex tool...
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I use the straps as a backup insurance in the event the forks should slip out of the notch. The T-Rex front paddock stand provides the primary support.

EDIT: I run the straps under each side of the triple tree and to an overhead beam in the garage and just snug them up to steady the bike a bit and as secondary support. The bike is on the rear stand too.

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I used the a set of jack stands. They worked fine. I had the rear on the stand so it didn't move around at all. Just had to lift the front up to put the jack stands under the forks. Everything else was pretty straight forward.

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