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post #1 of 7 Old 04-20-2017, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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How to lift front end without a stand?

Hey Guys,

I'm changing my tires today on my 919. I only have a rear stand. Any ideas on how to lift the front end without having to buy a front stand?

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You can either hold the bike up by the bars with a strap or I've put the kickstand on a wood block and jack up the other side so it sits level with the rear off the ground, then I strap the rear down to the ground to hold the front up.

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I looked into this when I was doing my fork seals. I have a Harbor Freight rear stand, floor jack(s), jack stands and straps.

I went with rear on the stand (to make it stable) and floor jack under the exhaust (wood block to protect). It worked VERY well.

The other option is a bar under the exhaust going out to some kind of stand. Basically you're lifting the bike from under the exhaust where it bolts to the head. You just need stands that are tall enough.

Another option is to lift with strap(s). One on the backbone, slide tank back and lift from the backbone. Two on the bars.

All of these are more stable with a rear stand because you only have a single point of balance without the rear stand. The upside is that a rear stand is very, very handy for chain clean/lube/adj...

Note: I went with rear stand, floor jack under exhaust because I needed to check the head bearings. If you lift by the bars, you can't check the bearing. While you have it up, good to check the wheel bearings as well. I had some brake drag on mine but without brakes the wheel spun nice, with brakes it didn't spin much.

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With just a Rear Stand you a bit limited.


Invest in a centerstand or a Harbour Freight bike stand and use your car's jack to leverage the front.

With a center-stand, place enough weight on the rear and the front wheel goes up.


There is a You Tube video on raising both Nighthawk wheels by using the center-stand and then wedging a piece of wood in the headers to maintain the front end. A picture/video is worth a thousand words.


Remember to loosen the axle nut with the wheel on the ground first, just like on a car and then raise the front tire 'just enough' to roll the wheel away. If you raise up the tire too high, it makes angling the axle that much more difficult when you are done.


Hope this helps.


"Another reason to buy cheap tires is that they give you a more frequent excuse to keep in tire changing practice. "

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+1 on that Harbor Freight stand, got mine with a 20% discount coupon ended up some $30, hard to beat that.

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With just a Rear Stand you a bit limited.


Invest in a centerstand or a Harbour Freight bike stand and use your car's jack to leverage the front.

With a center-stand, place enough weight on the rear and the front wheel goes up.


There is a You Tube video on raising both Nighthawk wheels by using the center-stand and then wedging a piece of wood in the headers to maintain the front end. A picture/video is worth a thousand words.


Remember to loosen the axle nut with the wheel on the ground first, just like on a car and then raise the front tire 'just enough' to roll the wheel away. If you raise up the tire too high, it makes angling the axle that much more difficult when you are done.


Hope this helps.


"Another reason to buy cheap tires is that they give you a more frequent excuse to keep in tire changing practice. "

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With just a Rear Stand you a bit limited.
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Incorrect. With the 919, all you need is a rear stand and you can get pretty creative with lifting the front. A lot of different options work depending on what you have laying around or budget.

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I ended up jacking the front up with my car jack. I just put two pieces of 24 under kickstand and then jacked on the right side of the oil pan.

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