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Old 04-14-2012, 08:12 PM
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Okay, stupid question, but how do you guys suspend your bikes when changing or replacing fork seals and whatnot. Do you use the strap to the ceiling? Any help is appreciated!

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Old 04-14-2012, 08:42 PM
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I had to do this recently... I had quite the time determining how do accomplish this with the limited tools at hand.

I first got the bike up on regular bike stands.

Then I decided too use two jack stands under the lower engine area (left and right) as well as a straight 1/2" steel pipe holding the front engine (the space between header pipes, the pipe going from floor jack to upper engine area near valve covers). This pipe is for safety so when you remove the front bike stand it cant learch forward. Its a balancing act. For me extra weight on the rear helped balance the bike. I had to have the rear tire on with an extra 20 lbs of weight or so on the tail to prevent any forward leaning motion. When I removed the front bike stand the extra weight helped settle the rear on to the remaining rear bike stand.

I've worked on the bike since then extensively and it seems quite stable.

I'm sure this is the wrong way but It was all I had.
 

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Old 04-14-2012, 08:57 PM
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I always use tie down straps from the garage rafters any time I need to lift mine.
 
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:18 PM
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I'm gonna use my triple tree stand when the time comes on my forks.
 
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Front stand with steering stem adapter......Im not into rickety improvising when I can help it.
 
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by boredandstroked View Post
Front stand with steering stem adapter......Im not into rickety improvising when I can help it.

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I just did mine. Get a ratchet strap. Hang it over your rafters in a garage. Works great. Be sure to not mix your left and right fork parts up.
 
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by kowen1208 View Post
I always use tie down straps from the garage rafters any time I need to lift mine.

I really didn't want to go this route, but the more I think about it... with out investing a lot of money this is the best idea.

I will be installing this soon!
 
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