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Anyone have an opinion on best bike stands? Cycle Gear has a few, but I'm willing to pay for quality to keep the beast happy.

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In my opinion pit bull makes the best stand. Front and rear.

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In my opinion pit bull makes the best stand. Front and rear.
+1. I've got a set.

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Anyone have an opinion on best bike stands? Cycle Gear has a few, but I'm willing to pay for quality to keep the beast happy.

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Pitbull is good name in stands. However, in my opinion, stand is just steel so get it cheap, i believe you should be fine....

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From my experience pit bulls are very stable some of the other brands are not

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I have a set of front and rear T-rex stands, they are nice but the front is a little sloppy. I just picked up a second Lockhart Phillips rear stand that is really nice as well.

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^I have trex and I'm surprised you think the front is sloppy. I have the one that has the pin to lift front the bottom triple tree. It's such a snug fit I have to grease to get it to go into the triple tree.

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If you have a 919 I suggest a Phobman stand. It's a center maintenance stand. It takes the weight off the swingarm and lifting the front is possible with a jackstand and piece of 2x4 under the headers.

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In my opinion pit bull makes the best stand. Front and rear.
Agreed on Pit Bull. I have a front pin stand and a rear which accepts paddle or spool. Just remember that if you buy a front stand in addition to the rear; always lift the rear first and the reverse when you are taking the bike down. Never use the front without the rear stand in place.



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I have Vortex stands and they are good. The only beef was the way the swingarm and rear caliper sit on the T, I had to whack of the paddle lifters in order to get the clearance. So now it's a spool stand only.

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Thanks for the feedback, I'll go shopping tomorrow. I'd really like a hydraulic lift, but justifying that to the better half would be rough, even though there's another bike in the shop that it would be handy for. Plus the '72, one owner Super Beetle that really needs attention before I convert the shop into a bike centric workplace. There is no end to projects....

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I've tried them all...Nothing comes close to the Pitbulls. Just QUALITY stuff.
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OK, sold. Great pics. I'm a believer now....

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Be sure to specify which rear stand you prefer. I really like the space saver forward folder.......Also if its going to be used for the 919. You'll need the pick ups with pads instead of hooks for spools. Or you can get the combo spool - pad stand ends all in.
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Thanks for the feedback, I'll go shopping tomorrow. I'd really like a hydraulic lift, but justifying that to the better half would be rough, even though there's another bike in the shop that it would be handy for. Plus the '72, one owner Super Beetle that really needs attention before I convert the shop into a bike centric workplace. There is no end to projects....

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I hear u man. I have all the material to build a hydraulic motorcycle lift table, but my shop is filled up with a VW van restoration at the moment. I don't even have enough space to build the table, let alone store it. Haha.

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Hey Ian, if you get the chance post pics or send me pics of the VW van restoration, I'd love to see it.

Thanks to all for the input.

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So my rearstand that i inherited a loooong time ago when i bought my nighthawk finnally bit the dust on my last chain maintenance, the rubber soft coating on the hard wheels is cracked and i cant reliably put the bike up, it goes all wonky now.

How does one install spools on the 919? Can anyone recommend a spool kit/stand combo?

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So my rearstand that i inherited a loooong time ago when i bought my nighthawk finnally bit the dust on my last chain maintenance, the rubber soft coating on the hard wheels is cracked and i cant reliably put the bike up, it goes all wonky now.

How does one install spools on the 919? Can anyone recommend a spool kit/stand combo?



How to Install Motorcycle Swingarm Spools - YouTube

Just get M8 bolts, don't go for M6. Get any ebay cheapy spools you want. As usual, cheap anodized is crap, but works.

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How to Install Motorcycle Swingarm Spools - YouTube

Just get M8 bolts, don't go for M6. Get any ebay cheapy spools you want. As usual, cheap anodized is crap, but works.
And I have some red spools if you want them.

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How to Install Motorcycle Swingarm Spools - YouTube

Just get M8 bolts, don't go for M6. Get any ebay cheapy spools you want. As usual, cheap anodized is crap, but works.
I got eyestrain watching that

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How to Install Motorcycle Swingarm Spools - YouTube

Just get M8 bolts, don't go for M6. Get any ebay cheapy spools you want. As usual, cheap anodized is crap, but works.
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Will the bolts provided by the kit not suffice? or will they just be poor quality that will rust?

Is this really more sturdy than using a stand that props up the whole swingarm?

If the swing arms are hollow, like a box...are you only tapping one side of the swingarm's "box" so to speak? seems like there would be lots of flexing after propping it a couple times...

So i would need a proper bit and tap for the bolts that come with the kit...

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Yup, those'll do. MUCH sturdier, because the swingarm won't slip down the paddles. The bolts they provide are fine, mine never rusted.

Hollow. Only tap one side. Yes, TWSS.

Use some loctite.

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Never use the front without the rear stand in place.[/QUOTE]

Good advice Doc. Learned that one the hard way. The hole in my garage dry wall can attest to that lesson.

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Or you could fit a centerstand. You can mod the Honda one so it's easy to put on and take off and in the real world a centerstand is very useful.

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Or you could fit a centerstand. You can mod the Honda one so it's easy to put on and take off and in the real world a centerstand is very useful.
How bout in Narnia? or Middle earth? If there's no versatility it's prolly not for me.

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How bout in Narnia? or Middle earth? If there's no versatility it's prolly not for me.
Works in those two universes as well, but it's got problems in Salvador Dali Land. Only place I know of where that's the case, but then nothing works there anyway.

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Hot damn, those is cheap. For only $4 more than shipping the ones I have, and they're new, I wouldn't blame you.

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Hot damn, those is cheap. For only $4 more than shipping the ones I have, and they're new, I wouldn't blame you.
Ya I bot em. Thanks for the offer though.

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Ya I bot em. Thanks for the offer though.
So I put these on today, got help from a local machine shop to drill and tap....he said I might consider either losing the washer that goes on the end of these to prevent flexing, putting the gold spool flat up against the swingarm, or perhaps going with a different spool that is in general larger, since the diameter on these is about an inch.

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Look good. Time to use them and lube that chain.

I would think you would be better off with the spools up against the swingarm. Less chance of bending the bolt.

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Look good. Time to use them and lube that chain.

I would think you would be better off with the spools up against the swingarm. Less chance of bending the bolt.
I am thinking I should do that as well. Or buy another spool set with a larger diameter to spread out the force more on the swing arm as opposed to the bolt.

Yes I have learned my lesson on chains, that one is on its last legs for sure.

I didnt listen to advice received here long ago, and used that stupid brush thing, it really ate away at the outer portion of the chain links, hence the nasty rust.

My old rear stand's wheels crapped out, hence the spool upgrade, and i will be purchasing a new stand today.

Next DIY project for me will be replacing my chain and sprockets...can anyone point me to a thread that covers it to supplement info in the manual?

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Yeah, you need a NEW chain, for sure. And why didn't you attempt to tap/drill yourself? Just lack of tools?

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Yeah, you need a NEW chain, for sure. And why didn't you attempt to tap/drill yourself? Just lack of tools?
I have an electric drill(but nowhere to plug in to work on bike on street) but I didn't have the tap etc, I just gave him a couple bucks, and went to discuss another project as well. Just easier.

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