High tensile side stand bolt

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I suppose that the important question with side stand pivots is whether the owner has the habit of starting the bike on the side stand, whether astride it or not.

If not, then a decent peg whittled from a stick of ash or hickory would probably be strong enough. Cutting a fine thread with a pen knife would defeat me though. :)

Usual disclaimers. Don't try this at home !
 
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79x100 said:
I a decent peg whittled from a stick of ash or hickory would probably be strong enough.

Are you talking about Washington's teeth or a Pirates leg........I can feel the karmic pressure to go replace my bolt this morning or else feel the pain of falling against my ego again.
 
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britbike220 said:
79x100 said:
I a decent peg whittled from a stick of ash or hickory would probably be strong enough.

Are you talking about Washington's teeth or a Pirates leg........I can feel the karmic pressure to go replace my bolt this morning or else feel the pain of falling against my ego again.

Considering that you can pick up a Grade 8 bolt for about a buck it's cheap compared to a bike on it's side. Also check the slop in the side stand, how bad is that on your bike? Starting on the side stand will just exacerbate the wear.
 
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Dave, I have a grade 8 bolt in mine now. Funny how this thread came up at exactly the same time I notice my new commando stands upright more on it's side stand than my broken in commando. It made me realize the side stand bolt has worn to the point it needs replacing.
 
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I guess your sidestand lug is located differently than the one on my '73. That bolt, 06-2872, is a special thin head bolt that must be put in from the bottom, with the nut on top, to keep the bolt from hitting the return spring. On mine the angle is such that even a regular-head bolt will snag the spring.
 
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BillT said:
I guess your sidestand lug is located differently than the one on my '73. That bolt, 06-2872, is a special thin head bolt that must be put in from the bottom, with the nut on top, to keep the bolt from hitting the return spring. On mine the angle is such that even a regular-head bolt will snag the spring.

Considering that I didn't put the spring on (not sure if I have one) you might be right. Where does your spring attach to? Mine has a small tab on the side stand and then there is a hole on the crossover tube under the engine.
 

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I have never had to use a thin head bolt, but it does need to be inserted from the bottom.
 
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swooshdave said:
Considering that I didn't put the spring on (not sure if I have one) you might be right. Where does your spring attach to? Mine has a small tab on the side stand and then there is a hole on the crossover tube under the engine.

That's the spot!
 
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79x100 said:
I suppose that the important question with side stand pivots is whether the owner has the habit of starting the bike on the side stand, whether astride it or not.

If not, then a decent peg whittled from a stick of ash or hickory would probably be strong enough. Cutting a fine thread with a pen knife would defeat me though. :)

Usual disclaimers. Don't try this at home !

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Ok, I got the spring today from Old Britts and I had to flip the bolt to get better clearance. Even so the spring hit the bolt head slightly. I could tell you about it but you know I'd rather show you...

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm8W-jBaYmo[/video]

It just barely touches and had already taken off a slight amount of paint so I'll just leave it for now. At some point I'll smooth the bolt head slightly.
 
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