Installing a Center Stand SpringBruce Miller 2013
Just how hard could it be to install a new center stand spring anyway? Simply slip one end onto the center stand and then stretch the spring far enough open to slip the other end over the hook on the frame. Nothing to it, right?
There's only one problem: this little spring is devilishly stiff!
I've tried gripping the loose end with vice-grips and pushing or pulling until my eyes started bugging. I think I succeeded that way once, but nearly blew a gasket.
Then there's the old "use a bar of some kind to lever the spring's loose end over the hook". This method mostly succeeds in getting "so close!"... but no cigar.
While both the vice-grips and lever methods will
The "penny trick" for installing a center stand spring 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. If you actually try it, however, you'll discover as I did how difficult it is to keep those pennies or washers from falling out as you add new ones. I'm not saying it can't be done, but it certainly ain't as easy as it's made out to be and it never worked for me.
Next time, try the simple trick I discovered that makes the job quick and easy: pull the spring open with a piece of rope. Here's how:
It does help to have another person to guide the spring onto the hook, but with a couple of tries it can be done "solo".
Finally, if you have some time on your hands, you could
fabricate a "
like one of the ones described by Hans Muller.