You can use a long shaft flat tip screwdriver for this when you don't have the proper tool.Having done some brake work on my cages the rear shoe springs are attached with a tool that hooks one end of the spring and the tool is anchored on the end where the spring need to be attached and you slide the spring end off the tool to the kick stand. This is hard to explain but thats the basic process.
Agreed. If the design of that stand is similar/same as the Mean Streak, the chances of the stand and/or the frame is wearing away and causing the stand to become floppy. Thus, the spring will continue to fall off. It's best to resolve the problem soon. One day you'll be riding and lose the springs, then have a kisckstand which drags on the ground.I would assume that you would need to put it on a jack so that you can put the kickstand up while putting on the springs. The springs won't go on when the kickstand is down, too much spring tension.
By the way I would look for a cause on why the springs came off before putting them back on, because they will just come off again if you don't correct the problem.
Grab a handful of pennies, and start placing them in each loop of the spring until is long enough to hook at both ends. Then kick the stand down. It will stretch the spring and all the pennies will fall out.
Ok, I have an extra kickstand spring for my 800. I went into the penny bank and got a handfull of pennies. It took 27 to make the spring just long enough to fit. That is one helluva quick idea.Isn't it? I wish I could claim it as my own idea.
It's easy to assume there wasn't any play prior to the spring falling off but we tend to overlook things until they cause a problem. Chances are, the metal has worn down on either the kickstand, mount or both which is causing the play. The bolt simply holds the stand at the pivot point. The worn metal will cause it to play.I got it back on shortly after I originally started this thread. I had the boy hold the bike upright and with the kickstand up it was no problem stretching the springs micro millimeters needed to successfully replace them.
The only problem now is it seems like the kickstand is a little loose when it's up. Didn't seem like that before and both springs are on exactly as before.
What bolt is this that I hear talk about that could fail? The bolt that mounts the kickstand to the frame? Looking at the parts diagrams, everything seems normal on mine.
Anybody have any pics of a healthy kickstand assembly handy? Don't know why my kickstand has a little play now in the upright position, when there was none a few days before?