Please help an idiot, I need to fit a centre stand spring; brute strength and ignorance has not worked. Does anyone know if some kind of spring extender gizmo exists? Thanks in anticipation. colin :???:
I used a nail/tack puller - the kind that looks like a screwdriver, but with a 'V' shaped tip. With the stand in the raised position, spring attached, I used it to push each strand of the hook at the other end of the spring over the retainer on the bracket. For extra pressure, I extended the length of the tool handle with a piece of old aluminium tubing I found.
Hold one end of the spring in a vice. Bend the spring and insert suitable sized washers where there is a gap between coils, bend the spring in the opposite direction and insert more washers in the gaps. Install the spring on the bike, pull the washers out.
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