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Good Morning !!

I just took delivery of the BMW Centerstand for my 2007 K1200R. Went on out to the garage to put it on and ran into all sorts of problems. Well mainly one problem. I could not for the life of me match up the centerstand plate with the main body of the stand. Followed the instructions and everything. Just could not line up the holes for the stand bolt to go thru the frame and through the stand and plate. I finally just pulled the spring off and bolted it all up. Went on fine then. Of course now the problem is installing the spring.

Any one else install the stand and have the problem I had ? If so how did you solve it ? Also if anyone did it the way I just did and installed the springs last, how did you do that ?!?!

I was getting tired and cranky and had to just walk away before I did something really stupid.

THANKS !!

Anthony
 

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Though I did not install the BMW center stand (I ordered the SW Motech center stand from twistedthrottle.com) but I had similar problems. It became apparent very fast that the spring needs to be mounted last. Bolting the center stand onto the frame w/ out the spring (mine actually has a double spring - a smaller one inside a larger spring) went very smoothly. However, installing the spring took a lot of effort. After many words I don't want my children to ever learn and hear trying to find appropriate tools, failed attempts and cut hands, I managed to install the spring using a hook my neighbor gave me that came with trampoline for his kids used to assemble it. The hook looks like this

But still, the springs are very strong and w/ out a center stand :))) it is very difficult to put yourself into position at the bike for mounting the springs comfortably where you can apply enough force. So, I had to get a bit creative with a pair of screwdrivers that I used as levers on each other and the hook to install the springs. No way I can describe how such levering worked, it took numerous trials and errors until the springs snapped into place.
Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks for the reply about the center stand. Yes, the one from BMW has the double spring as well. I'll have to see if one of my riding buddies has a hook like the one you have. Then heave ho and we will see how it goes.

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The way I ended up doing it, since I didn't have anything suitable to put the required force (or my strength!) to extend the spring, I came up with a relatively easy way. a) I mounted the right hand side pivot screw assembly loosely and then b) installed the spring on the frame hook and also the stand loop and then c) inserted a lever between the stand cross bar and the lower rear suspension link assembly. Pulling back on the lever pulled the stand back far enough to insert the left hand pivot screw assembly. Then tightened up both pivots. Job done. I know what you have been through!
 

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You can sometimes use a wrench. Hook it around the the end and pull. :teeth
 

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...The hook looks like this
You can simulate one of these by tying a strong piece of string to the springs and then rolling/tying the other end onto something that fits well in your hand. Larger screwdriver handle for example.
 

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Thanks for your replies !! :clap: I'll have to try some of your ideas out after work today and hope for the best.

Everyone have a Great Weekend !!

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One guy holds the bike so it won't fall off the sidestand. The second guy sits on the floor behind the rear tire with a loop of wire (#12 or #10 household wire) through the hook of the spring, this guy is wearing gloves. He puts a foot on the rear tire (the reason the first guy is holding the bike and front brake) and pulls the spring back. The third guy takes a phillips screwdriver and guides the spring to the little post it supposed to go on.
Actually we were surprised it went on so easily. We then took the wire off the spring.
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I tried the brake spring pliers. I couldn't make them work. A loop of coat hanger wire and a short piece of dowel worked perfectly.
 

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:clap: YAY !!! I've got the springs on the stand !! I stopped at the local Advanced Auto Parts store and picked up a spring puller. Made mostly for headlamp springs but it was robust enough to try on the center stand. Hook it up and pull !! :( Damn that big spring will not budge. So I did the old put coins in between the coils. That was a job in itself. I had enough money in there to get a cup of coffee but it was enough that I barely had to pull on it to slide it on. Oh, that was only the big spring. The little spring I then slid up the middle and used the hook to put that on. All Done !! The bike is sitting up nice and pretty in the garage !!

Thanks to everyone for all your advice and little tricks. They all have been noted and committed to memory. :yeow:

Have a great weekend !!

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FWIW, I just did my first tire change with the Wunderlich temporary centerstand, and I absolutely love the thing. I often store the bike on it when it's going to sit for more than a day, and it's so easy to put on and remove, and much more stable than the stock centerstand. You don't have to give up the good looks to get the functionality. I think I paid all of about $130 shipped for it.
 

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FWIW, I just did my first tire change with the Wunderlich temporary centerstand, and I absolutely love the thing. I often store the bike on it when it's going to sit for more than a day, and it's so easy to put on and remove, and much more stable than the stock centerstand. You don't have to give up the good looks to get the functionality. I think I paid all of about $130 shipped for it.
Yeah, but can you take it with you on the road? :D
 

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Actually, you probably could easily fit into one of the factory bags or a backpack if you wanted to. It packs down very small, and even the 1/2" breaker bar used for leverage slides into itself for easy storage. It really is a brilliant design... one of those "why didn't I think of that" sort of things! The truth is that I've never felt the need for it on the road though. If stability was a primary concern, I'd just pay someone to enlarge the factory foot, or buy one of the bolt on style.

For me, it's a question of aesthetics mainly. I think the permanent centerstand otherwise kills the clean look of the underside.
 

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as a matter of fact, i used to carry it with me in a backpack when going to the local tire changer. obviously he worked on rice burners more than bmws. I needed to bring the stand to get the tire off. the center stand is much more covert than when i strapped a tire to my back with straps on the way to the dealership. i love the stand.
 

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Replying to a terribly old post, sorry, but elsewhere in the forum somewhere is the alternate method to install the stand and deal with the spring issue.

You put the springs on first and get all but the last bolt on. Use a strap or a tie-down or (or a small strap like a nylon dog leash), and pull the stand back looped around the rear hub or someplace like that in the retracted position and cinch it up until it lines up the final hole and the bolt slips right in. I was surprised that this was as easy as it was.

Hoping the next to mount a stand will come across this prior to poking holes in his/her fingers.

http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2525
 

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Good point. The problem is that people try to install the centerstand first, start having diffculties with the springs as the last step of installation and then start reading the i-net forums :)
 
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