How hard can it be to install a center stand spring, right? Hook one end onto the center stand and stretch the spring far enough to slip the other end over the hook on the frame. Nothing to it!
But wait. This isn't your screen door's spring, this is the Triumph center stand SUPER-SPRING!
There's the old "use a bar of some kind to lever the spring's loose end over the hook". This method gets you so close. So close. But that's as close as you get. And it's a terrific way to mar up your newly powder-coated frame!
My favorite was gripping the loose end with vice-grips and pushing or pulling until I began getting bug-eyed. I actually succeeded that way once, but nearly blew a gasket doing it. A fellow could hurt himself that way!
Both those methods probably succeed eventually, but they entail lots of strain accompanied by much un-flattering grunting. And sometimes your super-spring ends up getting bent. Need I say more?
The "penny trick" for installing center stand springs has been going around for years. It goes like this: simply insert pennies or washers between the coils of the spring until it's long enough to slip right over the hooks at either end and then pull out the pennies with a pair of pliers.
At first glance this method seems to be pure genius. However, if you actually try it you'll discover as I did how difficult it is to keep the pennies and washers from falling out as new ones are added. Reliable sources say that it can be done, but let me assure you - it's not as easy as one might suppose and it certainly helps if you have three hands.
The simple trick that made the job child's play for me was to pull the spring on with a piece of string. Step-by-step instructions with photos below:
When installing the center stand spring take all necessary precautions to prevent your motorcycle from falling on you! In the accompanying photos the bike is supported with chain hoist and cable.
It may take a couple of tries to slip the spring over the hook, but stretching the spring is pretty easy.
The first time I tried this trick I used a piece of 1/4" polypropylene rope and it was difficult to remove the rope, I ended up cutting it out. The next time I used ordinary household sisal string and there was no problem in tearing it out. If the string you have is lighter, just double it up.
These pictures are taken with the engine out of the frame, but the method works just as well with the engine installed.
Finally, if you have some time on your hands, you could fabricate a " spring puller" like one of the ones described by Hans Muller.