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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Apr 20th, 2019, 12:09 am Thread Starter
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Front stand question

Hey all,

I need to remove the wheels from my 2002 ST4S. I've never owned a commercial front stand. For my VFR800 (the bike I owned the longest), I built one from 2x4s and lag bolts. It took a little front end manipulation but it worked perfectly, and was dead cheap to build.

I'm thinking about a Pit Bull for my Duc. They say always use with a rear stand. How true is that? The front is pricey enough and I'm not buying both. If I put the bike on the center stand and remove the rear wheel, any reason I can't use the front stand solo?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Apr 20th, 2019, 3:55 am
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I recently purchased a front head lift stand because I wanted to service my forks and replace my tyre. I did use it with a rear stand but reckon it would work ok if you remove the rear tyre like you said.

If you cant fix it with a hammer, its probably electrical.
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I started with a PitBull rear stand and would hang the front from my garage ceiling joists. After dealing with that for a few seasons, I bought the PitBull front stand. I did attempt to lift the front with the bike on its center stand. Picks the bike right up off the center stand. I guess the PitBull instructions are correct!

I never tried removing the rear wheel first and then using the front...I agree with what Turbomart says...should work if the rear wheel is off first.

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I have only the front stand also, works fine with rear wheel off.

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I started with a PitBull rear stand and would hang the front from my garage ceiling joists. After dealing with that for a few seasons, I bought the PitBull front stand. I did attempt to lift the front with the bike on its center stand. Picks the bike right up off the center stand. I guess the PitBull instructions are correct!

I never tried removing the rear wheel first and then using the front...I agree with what Turbomart says...should work if the rear wheel is off first.
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I have only the front stand also, works fine with rear wheel off.
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I recently purchased a front head lift stand because I wanted to service my forks and replace my tyre. I did use it with a rear stand but reckon it would work ok if you remove the rear tyre like you said.
Thanks to all of you!

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For bikes with a center stand you don't need a front stand to lift the front end. All you need is a wide 5 foot long board. Park the bike using the center stand on the board with the rear wheel over the board and the front wheel off the board. Take a tie down or rope and tie the back wheel down to the board. The front wheel will now be off the ground high enough to remove the front wheel.
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I have both front and rear PitBull lifts. The front lift is a little bit of adventure when lifting off the center stand, but not treacherous enough to scare me. I employ a friend to help me lift and lower, as it's really just on the rear wheel when lifted.
I think both front and rear lifts are well worth having in the garage.

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I take both wheels off every time I need tires ( 2yrs ave) .... eye hooks in floor .... bike goes up on center stand , then balance bike with straps to hooks , not a very big deal and cheap ! .... usually set 3/4 scrap plywood piece under stand to give a little extra breathing room .... also it is a solo job ....

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I use to use ratchet straps from the ceiling to the handlebars to get the front tyre off but the headlift stand is 10x easier.

If you cant fix it with a hammer, its probably electrical.
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