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post #1 of 12 Old 08-16-2016, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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SW Motech Center Stand Spring

Installed my SW Motech center stand on my 2011 last night and I'm pretty disappointed. The springs do a pretty crap job of keeping tension on the stand so it's all the way up. As a result the thing hangs down about an 2" and bounces around a fair bit during riding. If there's no solution to this, it's going back to Revzilla.
Anyone else run into this?
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-16-2016, 10:28 AM
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Sorry to hear you're having issues. I don't have such trouble with my SW Motech center stand. The two springs do a great job of keeping the stand up.
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-16-2016, 05:46 PM
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I've seen YouTube videos that had the same issue with the centerstand bouncing on some terrain. The solution was to zip tie it up when going off road. One of the reasons I decided to go with a trail side jack instead of the centerstand.
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post #4 of 12 Old 09-09-2016, 07:01 PM
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I also have the SW MOTECH center stand. It installed perfectly and the two springs keep it tight in the up position.
Are you sure it's installed properly?

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post #5 of 12 Old 10-31-2016, 05:28 PM
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I also just bought the SW MOTECH center stand. Installed it per instructions (super easy) and it bounces through whoops or other drop offs. The springs on there just don't hold tension enough through rough terrain. Going to look to upgrading them with higher tension springs. Probably hard to find since they need to stretch a pretty good distance. I really do like the center stand but its annoying hearing / feeling it clunking against itself in the dirt.
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post #6 of 12 Old 10-31-2016, 06:57 PM
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I also just bought the SW MOTECH center stand. Installed it per instructions (super easy) and it bounces through whoops or other drop offs. The springs on there just don't hold tension enough through rough terrain. Going to look to upgrading them with higher tension springs. Probably hard to find since they need to stretch a pretty good distance. I really do like the center stand but its annoying hearing / feeling it clunking against itself in the dirt.
You could always just zip tie it in the up position until ya need it.
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post #7 of 12 Old 11-02-2016, 08:51 PM
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what about some kind of rubber tension holder like they put on yeti cooler boxes that are bear tamper proof??
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post #8 of 12 Old 11-03-2016, 10:39 AM
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Since nobody has mentioned it yet; be aware that the KLR footpeg mounting bolt nuts are a weak link in the system and accessories that use the footpeg mounting bolts (AKA centerstands) add significant stress to this weak area.

Due to this fact, the additional weight, reduction in ground clearance and the penchant for the centerstand to move when you don't want it to, I don't use them and prefer something like this instead; Quick Jack

For KLR's that spend more time on the road than off of it, the centerstand can be hard to resist though.

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post #9 of 12 Old 11-03-2016, 02:48 PM
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Since nobody has mentioned it yet; be aware that the KLR footpeg mounting bolt nuts are a weak link in the system and accessories that use the footpeg mounting bolts (AKA centerstands) add significant stress to this weak area.

Due to this fact, the additional weight, reduction in ground clearance and the penchant for the centerstand to move when you don't want it to, I don't use them and prefer something like this instead; Quick Jack

For KLR's that spend more time on the road than off of it, the centerstand can be hard to resist though.

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Yep. When I went to mount my center stand, the "longer" bolts they sent with it weren't quite long enough, and before I realized it, I stripped one of the nut threads, or at least 1/2 of one. It wasn't an SW Motech stand, BTW. So, perfect time to drill and tap out the nuts to 3/8-16. Now, no more problem. I might still try to see if I can modify the center stand with some kind of bracket welded to it that helps with the "settling" as the bike rolls back on the stand. It's not too bad unless I have the panniers on the back of the bike, which adds some pretty good weight.
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post #10 of 12 Old 11-04-2016, 09:47 AM
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what about some kind of rubber tension holder like they put on yeti cooler boxes that are bear tamper proof??


That is a great idea. When I get a chance to rig something up I'll post it. For now it's zip tied for off-road. Even if it does bounce a little it's not destructive or anything. Just distracting.


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