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Propping the bike to remove forks?

Did a search, which gave me good info on actually taking the forks apart, but no one ever mentioned how you prop the bike up to remove the front wheel without using fork stands?

Didn't see a pic in the service manual either...

All my other bikes have had a center stand, and I don't see a good place to put a jack.

Any hints?
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Wise or not, I held up my V with a board under the exhaust and a jack under that.

Either I was lucky or the exhaust is plenty strong to hold that much weight.
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I use a pit bull stand. They are on sale at Cycle Gear for $145. this is a little expensive, but you get what you pay for. You will need a rear stand to use this front stand. Dont use just the front stand the bike will be unstable. The bike is really stable with both. Also the stand will come in handy when it is time to replace the tires.
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If you have rafters or something overhead you can hang the front end.
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You can read about it here:

http://www.versys.co.uk/index.php?op...5&topic=5461.0


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Wise or not, I held up my V with a board under the exhaust and a jack under that.

Either I was lucky or the exhaust is plenty strong to hold that much weight.
You are not Lucky, its just that Exhaust is plenty strong and
I do a lot of work on this mod.

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So the post on the UK forum says to use a paddock stand. I found a few of them, but have never even seen one of these before, despite 10 years of working on my own bikes!

If anyone is curious here are some links: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...=45&zmap=28211

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...x?sst=RR|22521

I'm not thrilled about buying this thing, as I still need to buy a rear stand (at least I got the bike with rear spools), so I think I will try using some wood and my motorcycle jack. If the bike suddenly turns into a pile of goo after jacking it up from the header, I'll make sure to report with pictures!
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I've had a couple stands in the last couple years and I only have pit bull stands now. Get one that pics up at the tripple. You half to have the rear on a stand to put the front up so go buy a front and a rear.
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If you have rafters or something overhead you can hang the front end.
+1 - that's what i did when changing my fork seals.


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I've had a couple stands in the last couple years and I only have pit bull stands now. Get one that pics up at the tripple. You half to have the rear on a stand to put the front up so go buy a front and a rear.
I have a similar set up. I have stands from T-Rex. I have the rear and a front fork stand to use for general maintenance and tire removal. I have a triple tree attachment for the front stand if I have to remove a fork. These stands are nice stands. Go to http://www.t-rex-racing.com/

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