I'm putting lowering links on my 09, and bringing the front down 1"or so, to help my 5'7" self learn to ride this thing.
That might only be temporary, so I'd like to make the kickstand as adjustable as the suspension, which can actually lower the bike 1", 2", or 3". I'm not planning on using the latter, but seems useful to give the kickstand some decent increments of adjustment.
Get the old kickstand off.
Hmm. My buddy's bike jacks aren't in my garage anymore. How is a bike going to stay upright without a kickstand?
I added a second one after taking this to satisfy my paranoid self.
Do all kickstands have dual springs?
That shape with the two bends is a bit of a bitch. If it was straight like the gen 1 bikes, I'd weld in some 3/4" threaded rod and a couple nuts to make it adjustable like a turnbuckle. Can't do that here.
Step 2: the plan
So I'm going to section the lower portion of the kickstand, creating two inserts to provide stock length, 1" shorter, or 2" shorter. And actually, the pipe pieces I cut are really one exactly at 1" and one about 7/8"... decided not to cut another one because that opens a little more adjustability - wish I had done it at 3/4" now
Next I need to cut the sections out of the kickstand, insert them into the pipe segments, weld them in place.
The trickiest part I'm most concerned about will be drilling for the bolts to hold the kickstand together. They have to be precise, so the kickstand sections are pressing against one another entirely to support the bike, and not against the bolts, which could shear them... and the hole locations all need to be identical so that they are interchangeable with one another.
I'll tackle that once I get there.
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