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I need a jack, or stand, for servicing the suspension and chain. Cost is important, but safety and reliability are more important. Does anyone have a favorite, and why?

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  • jerry707610 May 03, 2010

    This would be the best solution, except for time and distance. I live in a rural area, and the nearest qualified shop is a three-hour round trip. This, plus the time for the actual service, is more time than I have on any day that the shops are open.

  • jerry707610 May 06, 2010

    I would prefer to have a shop do the service, but the distance and time for travel to the nearest shop is prohibitive with my work schedule (2.5 hour round trip plus time for the work). I have always done all my own suspension service with excellent results, not knowing that I should not service the front; why not?



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Good ones are a lot of money and a chore to store when you aren't using them ... you may find it better to have this kind of service done at the shop.

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  • A Miller May 04, 2010

    In my experience, motorcycles will require suspension service maybe once ever 20,000 miles or so ... only the front is a concern as far as servicing because in the rear, you change one shock ar a time ... The chain ... You dont need a stand for that really. Break the master link ... link new chain to old and roll the bike forward which will pull the new chain through (with a little help from you) The actuality of the front is you should not service the front.

    It is none of my business, I think your money would be better spent else where.



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