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post #31 of 63 Old 09-11-2019, 11:20 AM
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So you jack it up using the Fat Jack and then add the smaller jack when you get to the correct height?

Also, do you attach the straps after you have it up?

Seems like it would be a little hairy lifting it with those jacks but I guess if it is balanced like the center stand it would be stable.

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The center stand contact points are pretty wide. I'm really not lifting the bike much, more just controlling whether it leans forwards or backwards. Then I snug up the straps.


My last shop, I had the lift sunk in the floor which is so nice. Then I could just put the bike on the center stand and raise the lift. Just a little to scary to do that now, with the lift table up 7".


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One caution regarding front wheel removal and replacement. Be careful with the Left Hand caliper when you remove it!!!



I recently (last week!) removed both wheels for new tires and had trouble getting the left caliper back in place. Twisting and turning took place as I tried to get the pads separated just enough.


When I replaced the wheels I ended up with an ABS warning light that wouldn't go out, and no cruise control. (just before a 5,000km trip!!!)



The front wheels speed sensor wire is tie strapped very tightly to the brake hose, and I must have damaged it. I bought a used ABS sensor from a K1200 (fortunately the same part number) and was able to change it out the day before my trip- worked flawlessly for the trip! I had tried to get a new one first, but the delivery time was AFTER my departure date, and they wanted $225 Canadian for it. I was able to get the used one quickly and it was $100 shipped overnight.


I made sure I didn't tie strap the new line as tightly to the hose and plan to cut the tie strap my next tire change rather than risking it again. I do plan on buying a back up wheel speed sensor, as losing one can certainly screw up how the bike handles (if the connection is intermittent, the bike randomly will drop all power as it thinks the wheel is sliding, very dangerous!)



Anyway, just an FYI and caution!
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One gentleman has a video on YouTube showing how to remove the front wheel. He was taking the left side sleeve out which you should not do !!!! I sent him my comments and the video is still on. That is a NO...NO video to show. I am sure many guys did the same thing and had issues with the sensor.
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@Gunnert and @coyotek - where are you placing the scissors jack lift points on the bike?

Looks like the center stand would be a good place but it looks like it might need to be balanced a certain way?
I change the rear with the bike on the center stand; plenty of clearance. I place a small block of wood on scissor jack and align/lift from the forward part of oil sump.

If you're removing both at the same time remove the rear first and then the front; reinstall in reverse. I always remove the front fender to remove front tire. I know you can jack up the front end but I don't like doing that when simply removing 4 30 torx bit screws is easy. On bikes with lights, fender extender, etc on the front I take an extra 5 minutes and remove the lights. Just mark align before removal.

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I never remove the front fender to remove the wheel but I do have a drop down panel in my lift which allows lots of clearance. I agree it'd be better to remove the fender than jack the bike way up though.
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I bought one of the harbor freight lifts. The heads of the lift run horizontal to the bike, I see no way to use this lift without getting into the header pipes. I like that the lift has 2 heads that provide more surface area for jacking up the bike. I don't want the bike to tip or damage the headers. I would appreciate any input from the guys who have experience with this. My last resort is purchasing the pitbull front wheel stand.

https://www.harborfreight.com/1500-l...ift-63397.html

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Returned the stand to harbor freight, I decided to play it safe and order the pit bull stand. Looks like it will do the trick.
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Returned the stand to harbor freight, I decided to play it safe and order the pit bull stand. Looks like it will do the trick.
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I want thank you all for your great advice. I got my wheel off, and back on. The mistake I made was loosening the left side pinch bolt, but as advised, the flange aligned the ABS sensor and all is fine.

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I want thank you all for your great advice. I got my wheel off, and back on. The mistake I made was loosening the left side pinch bolt, but as advised, the flange aligned the ABS sensor and all is fine.

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