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post #1 of 6 Old 04-29-2009, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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I could'nt decide yet which bike stand to get and it was driving me nuts wheeling the bike back and forth in the garage just to clean/lube the chain and clean the rear wheel. I saw on the internet some mini portable "travel" jacks that go under the right rear swingarm to lift up the rear an inch, all the while the kickstand is down and the front brake squeezed together with some rubber line. Some of the jacks were triangular and the other was just a rod that was adjustable. I got the idea of using a 2x4 and cut the top part at an angle matching the swingarm, then screwing some rubber to the top and bottom. Tied the front brake, kickstand already down, and lifted the rear of the bike easily and shoved the 2x4 down there until the tire was about 1/2" of the ground. Spun the tire around and lubed the chain, and the bike was very stable. Cheap and stable enough to get me through for now. Of course, get a real bike stand if you're gonna adjust the chain or remove the wheel.
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very creative.

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i do a variation of this with a cinder block under the exhaust... i have removed the rear wheel with the cinder block with no problems whatsoever....



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It's a great idea and putting the rubber at the end sounds good too. Something to keep in mind on a long trip if you needed to lube your chain. You can usually find an old 2X4 somewhere.

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Did a search and saw someone else posting the wooden stick trick! Also saw the one using a rod in the centerstand holes and a bottle jack, that was cool too. Marylandmike, I found I could even use a piece of 1x2 to lift the bike if I had to. Well its all good the rubber tips are my addition, and tying the front brake down really helps. Barton, are you talking about cinder blocks under the exhaust at the rear of the bike or somewhere under the bike?? sounds interesting.

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Barton, are you talking about cinder blocks under the exhaust at the rear of the bike or somewhere under the bike?? sounds interesting.
i slide it under where the center stand mounts..

i have also used it in the front to lift the front end... i tilt the bike onto the kickstand and slide it under the header pipes in the front...



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