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post #1 of 6 Old 11-05-2006, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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Front Stand - pin size?

So I just bought a Lockhart Phillips front steering head stand from my local shop - and it comes with 22mm and 27mm pins. The 22 is too small and the 27 seems to be 1mm too large. The 22 will work well enough to get the front wheel off the ground, but my question is: am I doing any damage by using the smaller pin? I'm guessing not, but figured I'd ask.

I'm thinking of having someone machine 1mm off of the 27mm, or fabricate some kind of collar for the 22mm.

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The pin adapter sleeve on my Pit-Bull stand is 21 mm in diameter. Your 22 mm pin should work fine.

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The pin adapter sleeve on my Pit-Bull stand is 21 mm in diameter. Your 22 mm pin should work fine.
Does yours fit snugly or is it at a bit of an angle?

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Does yours fit snugly or is it at a bit of an angle?
The pin is not designed to fit snug, it is there for alignment purposes only. The weight of the bike will be raised by the stand.

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-05-2006, 03:15 PM
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Custom Pin.

ajohn505,
I have the same front stand as you and faced the same quandary. I ended up taking the largest one to work (machine shop) and turning it down to .968" (24.6MM) When using the 22MM pin it seems that during the first bit of lift, there’s quite a bit of pressure on the top edge of the pin where it interfaces with the inner bore of the steering tube. Is it enough to cause distortion? I don't know, but didn't want to take the chance.

One more thing,....it seems that when beginning the lift the lower part of the "bridge" on the stand would scrape the fender if I didn't assist a bit. Be careful, or remove the fender first. And be sure the bike is supported with a rear stand first (you may have known that, but just in case).

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IMO it is all a matter of technique. You pull up on the part that goes into the steering stem then push down on the bottom to lift the front end. It works... If you feel better about using a turned down pin then go for it.


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