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post #1 of 11 Old 08-06-2011, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Question Installing Spools on 2009 KLR?

A new KLR owner here....Anyone know if you can install Spolls on the swingarm of a 2009 KLR to allow me to lift the bike from underneath? I am looking for an easy way to lift the bike to oil the chain and perform basic maintenance without installing a center stand. Any help would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-06-2011, 01:25 PM
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My '09 doesn't have any threaded holes in the swingarm for spools.

I use footpeg-lowering brackets, so I can't use a centerstand.

For basic chain maintenance, I use an Eagle Mike's Quick Jack, but a length of 2x2 or similar wood propped under the right side of the swingarm while the bike is on the sidestand will do the same thing: just push the bike over to the left until the wheel comes off the ground and then stick the wood or whatever under the swingarm. Some people make some nifty propping devices using old aluminum crutches.

I wouldn't want to be doing any serious wrenching on the thing with it propped up like that, but it works as long as you loosen/tighten everything before you prop it up and after you let it back down. It works fine for lubing/adjusting the chain, cleaning brake rotors, etc.

Locking the front brake with a piece of velcro, electrical tape, etc. around the lever is a good idea when doing this.

I've removed and reinstalled both the front and rear wheels/tires using the Quick Jack on a gravel surface with no problems.

If I want to get the bike up on a more stable platform or want both wheels off the ground at the same time, I just put a concrete block under each footpeg bracket then rock the bike from side to side, adding wooden shims on top of the concrete block and under the footpeg bracket.

It's a little labor-intensive, but it uses materials I already have on hand and once the thing is sitting on the blocks and pieces of wood, it's solid as a rock.

If you prefer to be less "hillbilly," check out places like Harbor Freight and Northern Tool: they carry some motorcycle lifts.



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post #3 of 11 Old 08-06-2011, 03:10 PM
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I use a sissor jack on the opposite side of the kickstand, works great, got it out of an old Honda.
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I use a sissor jack on the opposite side of the kickstand, works great, got it out of an old Honda.
What a great idea. I've got an old scissors jack I sometimes use to lift the front ends of my mowers. Next time I need to lift the KLR I'll give it a shot.

Really don't think I ever would have thought of that. Thanks.



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My '09 doesn't have any threaded holes in the swingarm for spools.

I use footpeg-lowering brackets, so I can't use a centerstand.

For basic chain maintenance, I use an Eagle Mike's Quick Jack, but a length of 2x2 or similar wood propped under the right side of the swingarm while the bike is on the sidestand will do the same thing: just push the bike over to the left until the wheel comes off the ground and then stick the wood or whatever under the swingarm. Some people make some nifty propping devices using old aluminum crutches.

I wouldn't want to be doing any serious wrenching on the thing with it propped up like that, but it works as long as you loosen/tighten everything before you prop it up and after you let it back down. It works fine for lubing/adjusting the chain, cleaning brake rotors, etc.

Locking the front brake with a piece of velcro, electrical tape, etc. around the lever is a good idea when doing this.

I've removed and reinstalled both the front and rear wheels/tires using the Quick Jack on a gravel surface with no problems.

If I want to get the bike up on a more stable platform or want both wheels off the ground at the same time, I just put a concrete block under each footpeg bracket then rock the bike from side to side, adding wooden shims on top of the concrete block and under the footpeg bracket.

It's a little labor-intensive, but it uses materials I already have on hand and once the thing is sitting on the blocks and pieces of wood, it's solid as a rock.

If you prefer to be less "hillbilly," check out places like Harbor Freight and Northern Tool: they carry some motorcycle lifts.
Thanks for the quick reply. I will experiment with my own concrete blocks and see what works best.
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Thanks for sharing your design Thumper. I've got a bunch of 2x4s left over from another project. I'll give it a shot this weekend.
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Thanks for sharing your design Thumper. ..
Not my design. Just something I found on-line. Good luck.
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-27-2011, 06:08 PM
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Bike Stand

I Build these position it back for rear wheel up or forward for front wheel up
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Very nice. Good work. If I had one of those, I'd use it all the time.



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