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The kickstand on my 1991 seems to have never pulled up tight against the stop, and recently seems to be hanging a bit lower. I purchased a new stock spring, thinking the old one was fatigued. After installing the new spring, I see it's hanging about the same as the original. Has anyone else had this problem? What did you do? I was pretty bummed as I assumed a new stock spring would pull it up tight to the stop. I don't see any signs of wear on the pivot pin what would cause this looseness, just not enough initial tension on the spring.

I have found a spring manufacturer here in SoCal (Century Spring), and I am looking into buying a shorter spring (about 1/4") with similar tension. I will let you all know what I come up with, assuming some of you may have the same issue.

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Here's the Sportsterpedia section on the kickstand:
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and here's an alternative spring - I used this on my 1994 and it worked well...
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I had the same thing. My solution was to widen the second hole in the jiffy and connect the spring in that hole. Solved!
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I had the same thing. My solution was to widen the second hole in the jiffy and connect the spring in that hole. Solved!
I was looking at doing that too!

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Here's the Sportsterpedia section on the kickstand:
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...dy05#kickstand

and here's an alternative spring - I used this on my 1994 and it worked well...
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...ng_alternative
Yes, I recall a post about using that alternative spring. Was going to pick one up at Home Depot on the way home today.

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Not sure if your set up is the same as mine. I had the same situation and bought a new spring, but the problem was the upper and lower bushings were shot. Ended up getting new bushings and returned the spring.
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Seajay May have it. Pins usually last a long time, usually the upper bushing wears quickest. Bottom bushing not so much.
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I don't think I have bushings on my kickstand pin, at least none shown in my FPM. Also, my pin is installed upside down from the picture in the FPM, with cotter pin up, not down.

I did find this spring, 5657 that I hope to have a sample on Saturday.

https://www.centuryspring.com/catalo...regular/5657CS

It seems to be a pretty close match for the strength of the stock spring and 1/4" shorter, which should hopefully work.

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John, my bad again, looked in on Ronnies microfiche and indeed no bushings on your set up. Remove your spring the see if you have wobble from the pin and jiffy stand sleeve. If so then your wears may be there. If not the maybe the years have been unkind and you may have accumulated some additional bend in the tab off the frame? I’m just grabbing at straws here. And your reversed pin, if cotter pin is at the bottom it’s less likely to lose your jiffystand going down the road if the cotter pin goes by, by.

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