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    What's the easiest way to remove the front wheel?

    I don't have a front stand... Ceiling hoist? Jack underneath the sump somewhere? I need to change my rotors.

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    I would suggest getting a front stand. You should be able to get one from vortex for not much money. You'll be cursing yourself if you drop your bike using some jury rigged setup. It will cost way more than a stand to fix potentially a cracked tank/bodywork/muffler etc.

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    Do you have a rear stand or frame sliders? I have used a small jack with a small piece of 2x4 place under the bike. Lift it up, place the jack stands under the sliders and lower. You have to help balance the bike but its a solid fit. I've used it when i work on my forks. Ill post a pic here in a bit. Or just spend $70 on a front stand and make life a lot easier. Ill throw the bike up on stands for most work even oil changes.

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    What's the best $70 stand? Would it be compatible with different bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number7s View Post
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    What is the 2x4 touching on the bottom? I looked to something similar but couldn't really see how to not hit the header or oil tank...

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    https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ead-lift-stand

    This is the one I use. There are cheaper options on Amazon and a standard front lift that will just lift the wheel off the ground are even cheaper. I'd recommend getting a headlift stand though, that way you can get all the weight off the front wheel and work on the front suspension. There are also cheapo headlift stands on Amazon but I've never used one and don't know the quality.

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    I have the Pit Bull version of that , that's the way to go never mind ceiling hoists

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    I just threw one together.. I removed the Plastic piece under the lower triple clamp,just not to damage it.. I use my welding jack stands for everything.. I have a good way to grab the bike overhead too.(safely) but a few minutes with my welder made it unnecessary.. The washer I made keeps the forks locked pretty well. The stand is pretty adjustable for height when the bike is on it.. Simple, and cheap for me..
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    Quote Originally Posted by KOCONUT View Post
    https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ead-lift-stand

    This is the one I use. There are cheaper options on Amazon and a standard front lift that will just lift the wheel off the ground are even cheaper. I'd recommend getting a headlift stand though, that way you can get all the weight off the front wheel and work on the front suspension. There are also cheapo headlift stands on Amazon but I've never used one and don't know the quality. Thanks, just ordered this one!

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    Thanks, just ordered this one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by YVRFACTORY View Post
    What is the 2x4 touching on the bottom? I looked to something similar but couldn't really see how to not hit the header or oil tank...
    The 2x4 rest on the header on oil tank. Not much pressure on it though, its just to keep the weight on the rear.

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