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Old 10-26-2012, 02:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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07 Sprint ST - How do you support the bike with no front tire?

Alright, so I need to pull the front rim to get new rubber on it. My ST is front heavy on the center stand. How are you guys supporting the bike while you take off the front tire? Set a case of beer on the passenger seat?!

A friend has some pitbull stands that I can borrow, but I'd need to run a 3/4" steel rod through the centered hole in the rear rim for the jack to catch. The front stand just catches the bottom of the fork tubes. It'll work, but kind of a PITA.

Looking for opinions.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you have a garage with exposed rafters?
I center the upper triple clamp under a rafter. Place a light nylon sling under the triple clamp, then winch the front end off the ground with a Harbor Freight ratchet tie-down strap tool.

If the wheel will be off overnight, I will lower the forks down onto a piece of 4X8 lumber, for safety.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I put mine in the garage and use some form of rope/belt/ratchet strap tied around the top yoke to one of the supporting bars of the garage roof.

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Old 10-26-2012, 02:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks guys, that's what I was looking for! I don't have exposed rafters (drywalled ceiling) but I can locate the rafters and throw up a couple eye bolts or something to hook onto.
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Thanks guys, that's what I was looking for! I don't have exposed rafters (drywalled ceiling) but I can locate the rafters and throw up a couple eye bolts or something to hook onto.
Find both edges of the rafter with a small nail or awl, so the screw eyes will be installed dead center!!
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I used a small trolly jack and a piece of wood under the engine and worked OK.
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I put a sand bag on the rear and shift the weight bias to the rear wheel. It usually only takes about 20 kilograms.
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I use an ACME SkyHook you can find them on ebay regularly quite cheap.

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I have an anchor in the floor. I screw an eyebolt into the anchor. Put the bike on the center stand, put a rachet strap over the rear to the eyebolt and rachet until the rear tire touches the ground. I've serviced the tire and rebuilt and replaced the entire front end of the bike this way.

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