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post #1 of 10 Old 08-29-2011, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Yesterday, I scored a Pit Bull rear stand for 50 bucks off craigslist. The same guy who rescued me when I my dropped bike went with me to pick it up. When we got back to my place, he promptly adjusted it, then proceeded to lift my back end. He made it look easy. He had me lower it off the stand, to get a feel for it.

Fast forward to today. I acquired the appropriate sockets to adjust my chain, and now I want to lift my bike. I think I'm doing everything he did yesterday. I get the bike vertical, slide the stand under the swingarm, then push the handle down on the stand. But I can't get the damn tire off the ground. I know it's just a freakin' lever, but am I missing something? Or perhaps I'm just a wuss?

I really don't want to call the guy over again if I don't have to (even though he told me he'd come over today to supervise and make sure I don't drop it again). He's going to taunt me mercilessly if I can't make this work on my own.

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Is this a spooled lifter? Or just has paddles that fit under the swingarm?

If so, place the beginning of the paddle right at the weld on the swingarm near the axle, you need those paddles as close to, or under the axle, as possible.

Too far forward and you won't get enough clearance to raise the tire.

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Oh, and one more thing. For your first few times lifting it, don't be afraid to ask for someone to help by standing on the right side of the bike!

I tilt mine up with my hip, standing on the left side (keeping kickstand down in case I need to set it back down) and always keep a very slight tilt to the left, so I don't throw it off to the right. I got real close one day, and it scared me!

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This stand goes both ways, spool supports and paddles. And moving the paddles closer to the weld solved my problem.

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Great!


I currently have a paddle lifter, but am ordering spools as I'm typing this. Reason? If you also have a front stand, when working on the front, the rear tends to 'slide' backwards on the paddles. This was a little disconcerting for me, so I'm tapping the swingarm to eliminate that problem.

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Yesterday, I scored a Pit Bull rear stand for 50 bucks off craigslist. The same guy who rescued me when I my dropped bike went with me to pick it up. When we got back to my place, he promptly adjusted it, then proceeded to lift my back end. He made it look easy. He had me lower it off the stand, to get a feel for it.
Man, I never get help like that

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I find that it helps a lot to have a block of wood under the kickstand before I try to lift the bike. I use a cut down section of 2x4 which lets the bike lean just enough to keep it from tipping over. I then set the bike down on they same block of wood.

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Just thought I'd throw in some advice...

I've got the LockhartPhillips universal stand (witch only lifts from under the swingarm - no spools).

Be careful to keep the lift points clean!!! I got some chain lube on mine somehow & now every time I use my rear stand, the bike gradually slides backward until the lift points are all the way up at the front of the swingarm.
The bike still stays upright, but the rear tire is touching the ground.

"clean the damned thing" you say, yeah, I did. It still slips!!


just be careful to keep the rear lift clean.
If I had the means to go with spools I'd do so.

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If you are running a Top Case as your avatar suggests, I find it much easier to lift it without the Case in place. Mine is very heavy(Givi E36).


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post #10 of 10 Old 08-31-2011, 02:44 AM
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I have a pitbull stand and hold the bike by the grab rail with my left hand and prop it up with my right. Ive been using my pit bull since 2004 on all of my sport bikes. It is a great tool to have in the garage. I also have a front pitbull stand its great for front end work. I scored that one for $50.00 also off of craigslist.

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