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I use an R clip instead of a split pin.

I doubt there would be space to fit the pin upside-down - the primary case would be in the way.

Clean and grease the bushes frequently.

Replace the spring and bushes when the stand starts to flop about and not stay tight against the bump stop. The spring may look ok, but they do take a set. All the time the bike is on the side stand, the spring is stretched. One of by mates suggested I buy a wheel stand like he has for his Buell, where you can just push the bike in upright so it's not leaning on the stand. I may try that - it'll give me more room in the garage as well as possibly prolonging side stand spring life.
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I use an R clip instead of a split pin.

I doubt there would be space to fit the pin upside-down - the primary case would be in the way.

Clean and grease the bushes frequently.

Replace the spring and bushes when the stand starts to flop about and not stay tight against the bump stop. The spring may look ok, but they do take a set. All the time the bike is on the side stand, the spring is stretched. One of by mates suggested I buy a wheel stand like he has for his Buell, where you can just push the bike in upright so it's not leaning on the stand. I may try that - it'll give me more room in the garage as well as possibly prolonging side stand spring life.

Like to see what that looks like. Post some pics please if you do it.
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Went to home depot and found an odd looking pin....can't find what it's called, but it should last longer than cotter pin. Also carry a couple of hair pin in my tool kit. Check out the pin fasteners at home spot, loses, menards
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It's. Called a locking R pin. Goofy looking but it is stainless steel and should outlast a soft steel cotter pin.
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One of by mates suggested I buy a wheel stand like he has for his Buell, where you can just push the bike in upright so it's not leaning on the stand. I may try that - it'll give me more room in the garage as well as possibly prolonging side stand spring life.
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Like to see what that looks like. Post some pics please if you do it.
My mate has one like this, which is very stable. Other designs are available. I might even make my own.

http://www.busters-accessories.co.uk...kw=wheel+stand

http://www.workshopping.co.uk/produc...el-chock/FPS7/
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I've had a couple of recent instances where the stand goes up behind the rubber stop. I had a look see after seeing this post and it won't be long before I'm in the same situation if I don't do something about it.



I took some quick measurements and came up with the following parts from McMaster.com

9440T16 - Graphite SAE 841 Bronze Flange Bearing for 3/8" Shaft Diameter, 1/2" OD, 1/4" Length - $1.15 each

92390A283 - 18-8 Stainless Steel Clevis Pin, 3/8" Dia, 2-3/4" Length, 2-1/2" Usable Length - $2.75 each

92418A529 - Bow Tie Cotter Pin, 410 Ss, 5/16"-3/8" Pin Dia, 3/32" Wire Dia - $10.11 10 pack

I ordered 6 of the bearings so I don't have to pay for shipping the next couple times. I went for the bow tie cotter pins just because they're easier. The bonus is I'll have a lifetime supply. lol

I'll let you know if it works or if I blew it.
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Replace the spring and bushes when the stand starts to flop about and not stay tight against the bump stop. The spring may look ok, but they do take a set. All the time the bike is on the side stand, the spring is stretched. One of by mates suggested I buy a wheel stand like he has for his Buell, where you can just push the bike in upright so it's not leaning on the stand. I may try that - it'll give me more room in the garage as well as possibly prolonging side stand spring life.
I have only replaced my spring once on my 06 Sporty, and that was because I caught it on a ramp and bent it. Bushings I service according to the manual and after 93,000 miles (about 150,000 KM) I have had to replace them maybe 3 times.
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Matty...looks like you had better change that soon. Ya don't want that falling off when you are riding and hit a pot hole. Don't forget to grease that good and check it everytime you do your oil.
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Matty...looks like you had better change that soon. Ya don't want that falling off when you are riding and hit a pot hole. Don't forget to grease that good and check it everytime you do your oil.
I'm learning from your misfortune Dave. The parts will arrive Monday. I got graphite bearings so I don't have to grease them. I'll have two spare sets so it will become part of my maintenance program. I guess 39K miles to too long a haul for these parts. Thanks for the original post. Without it I would have been blissfully ignorant until the day I went to put the missing jiffy stand down.

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Had a similar problem on Wednesday. Rode to work, went to put the stand down and it fell off. Somehow I still had the stand, spring and bottom bushing. Didn't think it was a big deal. Had a co-worker hold the bike up while I put the stand and pin in to hold it for the day. Got off, took the bike home and put it on the jack while I ran to the dealership for new bushings. $14 for 2 bushings! Got it put back together and all is good. The only problem I had was yesterday. I work at a tobacco free facility and I have a disgusting smoking habit. Jump on the bike at lunch and cruise up to the truck stop a couple bocks away to park in the shade and have a smoke. The edge of the parking lot has a very slight incline. I put the stand down and lean the bike over, it gets to where it normally stops and keeps leaning a little further. I'm such a genius that instead of realizing I'm on a little incline and it's going to lean a little further I panic thinking the new cotter pin broke and I'm dropping my bike. I stand up straight brace myself for the full weight of the bike going over and yank it upright. Everything would have been ok if I didn't slam the tank directly into my nuts! Spent my smoke break feeling like an idiot with a throbbing crotch. Just one more reason I should quit smoking.
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