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Old 05-02-2010, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Installation of Rivco Center Stand

I've had my Rivco Center Stand sitting in a box for the last few months, and finally found the time to try and install it. I didn't have any trouble getting the two "stop" brackets installed, but I'm having trouble getting the bolts identified as "shoulder bolts" through the existing holes in the frame.

It feels like the holes in the frame are just a touch too small to get the bolts through. Has anyone else encountered this problem? I tried spraying some lubricant on the bolts, but that didn't help. I also contemplated getting a file and shaving down the finish on the frame inside the holes, but it seems like that would just be an invitation for rust.

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Old 05-03-2010, 07:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like the paint, as applied after the holes were drilled, has made the holes a touch too small. Mine were a little tight, but the paint "chipped off" as I pushed the bolts through. Probably best to remove the paint from the inside of the hole and see if the bolt goes through. If it goes through easily, you could touch up the inside of the hole with some black paint --not too much as this will make the hole smaller again -- or put some heavy grease on the bolt and inside the hole. That should stop the rust from forming and lubricate the pivot point at the same time. I wouldn't worry about the grease picking up dust and stuff.
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks man. I figured that was what was going on. I just wanted a sanity check before I started sanding/filing the paint.
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Rivco centerstand

I had the same problem, it was the paint in the holes,just took a drill to it..The other problems not mentioned here are the fit and how far the foot bar extends down. I had to heat the bar and move it up about a 1/2 inch to keep it from contacting the ground on left turns. Additionally, had to bend the foot peg portion out away from the muffler in a vice to get clearance.

It now sits approx 3/16 inch from the muffler and appears to have been made by the Triumph factory....I have yet to touch the ground with it......And all the trouble to fit it right is worth the effort when servicing the bike myself..

For the price Triumph should have included a centerstand..
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I also had to bend up the foot bar on the centre stand, three times. But, it still scraped. I took it off and tapped out the thread and ran a die nut over the bolt thread to make it easier to screw into the holes. Now, when I need to put the bike on to the centre stand, I just install the stand (without spring) and take it off again when finished. Takes just a minute to put it on and the same to take it off. A small hassle for no scraping.
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