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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 11th, 2009, 5:07 pm Thread Starter
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Stands to allow wheel removal on a GT

OK I want be able to save some money on tires, buying from the dealer is a complete rip so I'm figuring to at least remove the wheels form the GT myself and take them in with tires.. saves me about $100.00 a change. My question is is there an alternative to the very nice but pricey Pitbull stands. http://www.pit-bull.com/Merchant2/me...ory_Code=MSbmw I don't really want to go cheap and I'm not interested in trying to tie my bike to the ceiling etc..Just don't want to miss out on something that works as well as the PitBull but might coast a bit less.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 11th, 2009, 5:41 pm
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I went to the local junk yard and got a small scissors jack from a wrecked car. Add a block of wood under the exhaust pipe and you're good to go.

The center stand holds most of the bike's weight and keeps the bike upright, and all you're doing is lifting the front an inch or so to be able to pull the tire out. It's simple, effective, and packs away small.

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But Ken that won't allow me to remove the rear wheel at the same time would it? I'm all for saving $$$$ but my insurance deductable is $500.00....
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Sure, you can remove the rear wheel and the front at the same time. There's no need to lift the front so high as to get the rear to touch the ground. In fact, I don't think I'd like to lift the front end that high on just the center stand. So an inch or so does just fine.

In fact, I had both wheels off at once just yesterday so I could take the rims to get tires installed. I do recommend removing the rear first though. No sense in breaking those 60 Nm studs loose while the front end is up in the air.

Or you could go with my portable solution:





Although I don't recommend it when you're sitting in the garage with space and proper tools available.

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Thanks for the feedback Ken. With Fathers Day approaching I'm still of the mind to get the Pit Bull stands, I think one or two tire changes would about pay for them but we'll see :-)
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I'm not worthy to be in the same parking lot as Ken, I bought the Pit Bull and have not regretted it.

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I'm not worthy to be in the same parking lot as Ken
Well, you sure don't want to be there when a strong wind comes up . . .

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I bought this stand on ebay for $30.00 about a year ago. It kept my GT up for a couple of months while I sent my wheel for straightening and refinishing. I still use it when washing the bike. I put it on the center stand and lift the front. Both wheels are in the air.

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I grabbed the Pit Bull front and rear stands and do not regret it. There were other options which probably would have worked, especially for the front, but the well established Pit Bull is what I went for.

Even with the Pit Bull stands, it was strange to see the bike suspended in the air with no wheels front or back.

Pit Bull was great to work with as well.

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