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post #1 of 23 Old 01-16-2019, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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I do not have a center stand for my 2008. I purchased a rear wheel lift at Harbor Freight, but when I lifted the rear wheel it would not spin due to interference with the wheel hub bolts. Are there rear wheel bobbins that can be purchased for the KLR, so that a rear lift can be used? If so, where? If not, what do you use to lift rear for chain lube or tire changes? Thanks.
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post #2 of 23 Old 01-16-2019, 07:32 PM
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I’ve been using the $89 atv/mc lift from harbor freight for awhile and like it.
https://m.harborfreight.com/1500-lbs...ift-61632.html

Placed forward of center lifts the front tire and it’s plenty stable.

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Just get a stick. 14" long, 1 1/2" diameter. Buy a 4' 1-1/2 dowel for $7 and make three of them. This one came from a larger piece I found in the street 10 years ago. Works fine.

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Here's a post in here with some ideas:

https://www.klrforum.com/how-tos-tec...-2009-klr.html
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post #5 of 23 Old 01-17-2019, 09:19 AM
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I never used one of these, but seems like a inexpensive way to lube a chain..
https://www.harborfreight.com/motorc...and-98800.html

BTW: I get to use my Harbor Freight motorcycle jack a lot.
Aside from lubing chain, it makes cleaning bottom of bike much easier.
I often just put the bike up on the jack to get it straight, to do things on the bike. (When on side stand, it's more difficult to get at left side to work on.)
A real asset when changing my tires.

I use my lift on all 3 of my bikes. It's paid for itself many times over.
https://www.harborfreight.com/1500-l...ift-61632.html

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With the kickstand switch permanently by-passed and the bike idling and myself in a squatting position, I squeeze the clutch lever and then just pull Left & Down on the LH handlebar and carrier rack. This will elevate the rear tire to balance point. Then I snick it into 1st gear, still keeping clutch squeezed the tire will rotate and I spray the left & right sides chain lower run, trying to avoid the suspension links & the tire. Shift back into neutral & set the tire down.

By spraying the inner circumference of the chain run, the lubricant has to go Thru the chain, not just on the outer circumference and then fling back off.

Probably takes about 30-45 seconds & done.

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Just get a stick. 14" long, 1 1/2" diameter. Buy a 4' 1-1/2 dowel for $7 and make three of them. This one came from a larger piece I found in the street 10 years ago. Works fine.
Tom, I wonder if you have been snooping around in my rode tool kit.

I use a piece of 1" PVC pipe in place of your hoe handle with a TEE on top. Cut the TEE to make a cup for a secure fit. Put a coupling on the bottom and carry a short piece of pipe in case you need to extend the lift. Stick a screw driver through the holes on the front of your skid plate and put the stand under the handl to get the front tire up. Being hollow allows you keep to long skinny tools inside it. (tire tools, screw drivers ----)

Very handy for chain lub and flat tires on the road.
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Sounds like a good and practical invention. Getting the front tire up with Is Stick™ can be done but is tricky.

I must take umbrage at my Is Stick™ being referred to as a "hoe handle". Is Stick™ is made from the finest hardwood dowel that one can find laying in the road whilst commuting to work on a bicycle.

Maybe I will take to manufacturing them and marketing them as the Is Stick Organic Trail Jack™ for $29.95 plus S+H.
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I never used one of these, but seems like a inexpensive way to lube a chain..
https://www.harborfreight.com/motorc...and-98800.html...
You know, I just may have to get one of those. That would work really well for cleaning the wheels on the BMW.

Thanks for the tip!

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