Steve the kickstand is very easy, it should only take five minutes. Much easier on a jack for sure. If memory serves me I changed mine while it was in the up position and pulled the pin out with the spring still attached and then used the reverse of that to reinstall. It is good to have some anti seize around for the pin and bushing.
OK, Thanks, I got it on! To late to chrome the bushing & spring, great idea thow. My bushing was fine. I think the kickstand is made of regular steel, mine had rust on the bottom where it meets the ground.
Now I have another question.........when changing/removing the brake pedal, how do you get that pin out? I took the tiny cotter key out but I can't get the pin to slide out. Did I mention it's frigging cold out? Thanks, Steve.
That doesn't sound right to me, when you chrome plate something it results in a hard coating, and doesn't the spring flex expand and contract when the kickstand is put down and retracted? The first time you put your kickstand down wouldn't that crack the chrome?
And I wonder about chroming the bushing as well or is this a joke carried over from another thread I may have missed?
Steve there is no real trick, the pin is steel while the lever is aluminum so you have the possiblity for galvonic reaction between the two different types of metals and the pin is probably frozen in. It has no threads and must be pushed from the inside to the outside.
Hey Dave....No joke on chroming the top bushing or the spring. I had them both triple plated by a local company that does show quality chroming. Both parts cost about $10 total to chrome. No cracks, or problems (yet), just a nice finished look to the set.
Steve .......When I put my forward controls on I ran into the same problem. If my memory serve me right, once you remove the foot peg you can rotate the brake peddle and knock the pin out with a hammer and punch. I opened the hole with the next size drill just enought to install the pin with my fingers, use with a dab of Neverseize when you reinstall the pin so if you need to remove it again it will be alot easier. Good luck Greg
I got it! I sprayed some WD40 on it and let it sit overnight, a couple taps with a small hammer and it's out! What a pain in the a$$ for such a little part. I did open up the hole a few thousands with a drill on the replacement as Greg recomened and put a dab of anti seize on it per Max. Thanks all!
You should be able to get a chrome kickstand spring from your dealer. there are a couple different length springs, so if they compare the length on an factory vrod spring to a chrome one it will work fine. I have one installed on my vrod with a chrome kickstand and it works fine.