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Old 25th March 2013
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figured i could help someone save money so heres what happened to me. when i first got my 2008 sportster nightster in 2009 it had 2000 miles and the kickstand sagged. i dealt with it for years before i just went to harley and got a new spring. $20 what a rip off but i used it anyway and still had sag so i called the dealer and they said i needed another kickstand part (the bushing) frustrated i said forget it and just dealt with the sag and drag again. recently while the bike was on the lift i bent the spring to the point where it was sagging too much to even lean a little bit in a turn. i headed to home depot to find something i could use. i took a chance and got the one pictured below. 2 pack for $5 and its perfect. it does touch the nut as seen in pic but i doubt that will be an issue. hope this helps.

just a quick little tip for anyone changing it. may seem obvious but it wasnt to me at first..
1. when installing the new spring heres what i did. have someone hold the bike off the kickstand as straight as possible on the exhaust side.
2. let the kick stand back up
3. take old spring off. frame side first then kickstand side. ( mine was easy because it was so loose)
4. put the new spring on the kickstand side first then stretch it to the frame side and slide from bottom to the groove while making sure the kickstand is pressed firmly against the rubber stop.
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Last edited by il67bp; 26th March 2013 at 04:01.. Reason: added how i installed the spring
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COOL, always nice to see a local improvement.
how long are the springs ???
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Damn I thought it was in the pic.. I don't have the package on me right now but I'll check.. BTW I'm pretty sure that says the working load is 61 pounds
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Not nut but bushing* it touches
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NEVERMIND a quick search of homedepot shows them at 4"

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-...5608/202045475
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My kickstand sags like crazy and I drag it really bad in turns. Just picked these springs up from my local Home Depot tonight, and I'm planning to install this weekend. Thanks OP!
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My kickstand sags like crazy and I drag it really bad in turns. Just picked these springs up from my local Home Depot tonight, and I'm planning to install this weekend. Thanks OP!
Awesome it should work great! Now that I think about it does anyone know if there are any differences in springs between the different sportster models?
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Nice fix! Don't ignore those bushings. They're a rip-off I know, but once they're worn through, the slot will be the next thing to wear, and then the floppy kickstand will be a permanent condition. Here's what mine looked like when I removed them after 8 years:

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Nice fix! Don't ignore those bushings. They're a rip-off I know, but once they're worn through, the slot will be the next thing to wear, and then the floppy kickstand will be a permanent condition. Here's what mine looked like when I removed them after 8 years:

How much are the bushings? What is a sign that they are going?if my kickstand is working very well now is that any sort of indicator?
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There was a thread on bushing replacement last year you can get them at almost any industrial supply like MSC, Grainger, MacMaster Carr
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