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Old 05-07-2009, 02:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

Got my RS home today and noticed an oily build up around the bottom of the shock absorber, so Im guessing its knackered...

Im broke at the minute and need to get ot sorted as cheaply as I can. Ive found a company on ebay who will re-build the offending shock for 85GBP, but I have no idea how to go about supporting the bike while I have a go at removing it...

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks,
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Old 05-07-2009, 03:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You will need to raise and then support the bike at the rear of the engine or frame. You will also need to support the rear wheel.

I use short sections of 2x4s. I have an old milk crate full of them for use as shoring.

It is not doable with a rear paddock stand.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ond, I'm curious about your 2x4 method of "shoring" the bike off the floor. I have this picture in my head of either 2x4's stacked up in a pile or cut to length and stood on end, either way it seems like it would be unstable. I know your not the type of guy to precariously perch your bike so I was wondering if you could elaborate a little on this method. As you know I ride a 2002 RS which doesn't have a centerstand and makes lubing the chain a PIA. I really need to get a paddock stand, but you've given me an idea
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Phil,

I know the company you're referring to on Ebay, and i have considered getting my shock done with them as well.

Can you either PM me or update the thread on how you get on with them?

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Ond, I'm curious about your 2x4 method of "shoring" the bike off the floor. I have this picture in my head of either 2x4's stacked up in a pile or cut to length and stood on end, either way it seems like it would be unstable. I know your not the type of guy to precariously perch your bike so I was wondering if you could elaborate a little on this method. As you know I ride a 2002 RS which doesn't have a centerstand and makes lubing the chain a PIA. I really need to get a paddock stand, but you've given me an idea
Hope I was not misleading on this, because I was replying specifically for the shock removal procedure, not for routine maintenance.

Shoring/cribbing is a very common method of temporarily supporting loads, and is stable when the pieces are oriented in layers at right angles to each other. I would not do it for routine MC maintenance. The pic is for reference only to illustrate the orientations; obviously the dimensions are not applicable.

Sounds as though a paddock stand might be a useful investment. Pit Bull is the industry standard. TRex is more affordable, and will get the job done, but is not as nicely finished. You can also conjure up a contraption from iron water pipes, if you have a lot of time and enjoy fussy work.

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Old 05-08-2009, 10:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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OND it looks like you have done an elaborate reinvention of a centre stand. You should have been a plumber!

Doesn't WYPs bike come with a centre stand?

If not, I am sure it would be relatively cheap to retrofit a unit from a wreckers or borrow one off a mate.
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[quote=ralphus;1266060]OND it looks like you have done an elaborate reinvention of a centre stand. You should have been a plumber!

It works, but I don't use it anymore because I caught a good deal on a front and rear stand set, including a tree arm. It was mainly to see if an idea I had was feasible. My friends call it my 'Pipe Bomb Stand'.

One of these days I might be foolish enough to show a picture of my front wheel chock. It is snidely referred to as 'Chockzilla'.
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It works, but I don't use it anymore because I caught a good deal on a front and rear stand set, including a tree arm. It was mainly to see if an idea I had was feasible. My friends call it my 'Pipe Bomb Stand'.
Looks like it could easily be modified into a pivot stand.
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