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post #1 of 10 Old 07-23-2008, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Lifting Back Wheel

How do you guys raise the back wheel off the ground for maintenance, I.E. chain adjustment. I put 4x4 blocks under mine in the area of the oil drain plug, but it does not seem stable enough, it wants to rock sideways. I am a little nervous spinning the rear tire and watching the bike teter. Thanks griffy.
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-23-2008, 11:53 AM
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I run two tie-downs diagonally from the ceiling joists to the bars and then lift with a floor jack as far behind the engine as possible. Will run two more straps to the rear rack if it is unsteady.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-23-2008, 02:01 PM
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I use my field jack.

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DX, why don't you post a link. That's a great jack.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-23-2008, 02:17 PM
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I'm pretty happy with my center stand and skid plate (~$130) from KLR.com. It's stable, and by adding a small flat board/rock/etc. under the stand, you can raise the bike enough to do front or back work...even on the trail!

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-24-2008, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys for the replies

I have been looking at the center stands and I think I may go that way. Griffy
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-24-2008, 01:23 PM
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Center stand is one of the best things you can put on the KLR. Recommend one with the foot-lever assist.

Mine came from Whitehorse. I'm happy with it, but the sidestand must be extended to put down the centerstand. It can be folded back once you're on the stand and then extended to retract the stand. Kinda of a pita, cause I generally forget, but not a really big deal.
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-24-2008, 05:52 PM
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Mine has the foot lever. I took off the side stand because of the interference issue...and then wished I hadn't when riding a long tour. The center stand is a bear to deal with when the bike is loaded with gear.
I'll play with leaving the side stand off until I go on another long tour.
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-24-2008, 06:38 PM
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I haven't looked at taking it off/on, but it shouldn't be but a couple of minutes. If nothing else throw it in your bag and take it with you. Never know when your buddy might need a spare sidestand!

Like I said, it's just a minor pita. Not worth taking it off IMO.
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-24-2008, 06:39 PM
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DX, why don't you post a link. That's a great jack.
I should have, but was rolling way behind on time this morning.. Here you go

http://www.klrforum.com/showthread.p...t=Field+Crutch

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