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Offline Barnett

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Stand springs
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:58:11 PM »
I have a phobia about springs, dont laugh, I really do, like some people hate spiders etc. Came to the point where I had to fit main stand spring on little rd125 today, felt sick, thought about it for a while and worked out an easy way of fitting without touching it. No fuss, no drama, no faffing with pliers or spring pulling tools,  on in 10 seconds flat.
Used two heavy duty cable ties, worked a treat, just snip tie when in place. Have also used ties as rear spring compressors, cheap and cheerful, must use heavy duty ones though, bit iffy if they break.  :o
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Offline Pielight

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Re: Stand springs
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2018, 01:11:55 AM »
Great tip...wish I knew of it before the wrestling match I had with the main stand spring on my 400c a while back!

Offline Bikerchris

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Re: Stand springs
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2018, 02:55:45 PM »
Good tip. I hate fitting them too!
The other way I have found is to fit the spring at the same time as the stand.  hold the stand in position but only partly push the pivot pin though on one side. Fit the  spring in place, and using the leverage of the stand, pull down on the spring. Helpful to have a second person ready to push the pivot through, or gently tap it with a rubber mallet when the spring has been pulled down enough.
I have done this on a 200 and a 350.
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Offline Astute Greaser

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Re: Stand springs
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2018, 11:00:57 PM »
Hi all
Bit late but just use one of these at £1.50 from China81757-0
Does your shoe springs as well.
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Re: Stand springs
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2018, 09:47:58 AM »
+1
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Re: Stand springs
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2018, 02:51:16 PM »
Another way is to use pennies to extend the spring. Bend the spring and drop a penny in the gap. Bend the other way, drop another penny in. Keep going until the spring is long enough to fit, then just ease the pennies out.
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Offline ggreen1959

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Re: Stand springs
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2018, 03:49:42 PM »
Clever boy, old timers see!! ;D ;D
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Re: Stand springs
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2018, 08:22:40 PM »
I am with Martin, the coin tip is the one to use. 2 pence coins for me.

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Re: Stand springs
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2018, 06:17:42 PM »
Another way is to use pennies to extend the spring. Bend the spring and drop a penny in the gap. Bend the other way, drop another penny in. Keep going until the spring is long enough to fit, then just ease the pennies out.

omg! thats genius, I am truly astounded by that bit if lateral thinking, fantastic tip!
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