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post #1 of 10 Old 06-11-2008, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Centerstand Removal--without removing Y pipe?

Hi guys,
the 9er is all ready to go to the track on Friday--replaced the coolant with Water Wetter/H20, new Pilot Powers on, G&J stainless lines installed, rear fender off (hoping that the Powercommander's red wire, which plugs into the rear license plate illumination light and I unplugged to pull the fender, will not affect anything), headlight fuse pulled.

When I tried to take off the OEM centerstand, though, I saw that it has been run through the exhaust Y pipe. Darn! Is there some other way to remove it, without pulling the Y pipe (which, according to the manual, involves removing the swingarm) that I'm missing?

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Die grinder to remove a section of the center stand. Sounds like a whole lot of fun, standing on your head grinding.

Removing the swingarm seems excessive to me, but I am not sure on that one. The centerstand is was not originally included on the bike, so someone went through some trouble to install it. There have been several threads on modifying the stand so it could be removed and replaced at will, but the better option is the PHOBstand unless you need a centerstand all the time.

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Hi guys,
the 9er is all ready to go to the track on Friday--replaced the coolant with Water Wetter/H20, new Pilot Powers on, G&J stainless lines installed, rear fender off (hoping that the Powercommander's red wire, which plugs into the rear license plate illumination light and I unplugged to pull the fender, will not affect anything), headlight fuse pulled.

When I tried to take off the OEM centerstand, though, I saw that it has been run through the exhaust Y pipe. Darn! Is there some other way to remove it, without pulling the Y pipe (which, according to the manual, involves removing the swingarm) that I'm missing?
It's not the Y-pipe.. it's the actual header. Enjoy that!

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Mmmm...yeah. Don't think I'll be getting new exhaust gaskets and pulling the header anytime soon. But I may need a Phobstand sometime before winter.

From my searches here, though, folks don't seem to have much trouble with the OEM centerstand dragging in corners. In any case, I've been reducing my chicken strips to 1/8" or so, and the pegs are all I've managed to put on the asphalt thus far.
I do long-distance trips frequently enough that the centerstand is nice to have for chain lubing, anyhow.

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Does the track you're going to require removal, Nemo?

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No, it's Thunderhill up in Willows, CA--their requirements are pretty minimal. I'll zip-tie it and call it good.
The shop guy who installed the tires told me I should consider removing it for cornering clearance.

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My '02 has had a center stand since about a week after I bought it used, and despite nonexistant chicken strips it has never come anywhere near dragging. The truism about center stands reducing cornering clearance is due to the fact that most bikes with them have low pipes and the stands foot pedal has to go underneath to function, definitely in harm's way when cornering hard. Since the 919's stand doesn't have the exhaust to deal with the pedal tucks in very nicely. Just make sure the rear sag is set properly and you should be fine. There is a link to a Sport Rider article on suspension setup in General Topics sticky Useful Links that will give you all the information you will need to do it.
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I've taken a local class on suspension setup...but it is still a strange concept for my brain to wrap around. I can do gender theory all day long, read a little Latin, and haggle in German, but suspension still mystifies me.

Fortunately, there is a cheater option available...Aftershocks suspension service comes to the track, and they set up your suspension for a measly $20. Planning on that.

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Have a fantastic time, Nemo!
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Have a great track day, and we expect a full write up afterward. We're a demanding bunch!

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Have a fantastic time, Nemo!

Agreed. Have a great time and post up afterwards!

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