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    1985 K100RS refinishing center and side stands.

    So I put the bike up on the Kendon lift on Saturday and decided to strip and refinish my side and center stands-3 hours of my life I won't get back. Thoughts on whether I should have another buttress welded to the center stand? I don't weld and don't know anyone that does so it would be off to a machine shop. Some pretty good pitting on the cross member on the center stand. Didn't bother with the support bracket that bolts to the gearbox as it looked really good.










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    My advice would be to replace that stand with one from a K1100 with straight legs. It is a bolt-on with no other modifications. I see your left "leg" on that stand is already quite worn and flattened on the bottom. Repairing that one is not worth it in my opinion.

    Frank
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    Quote Originally Posted by 51797 View Post
    My advice would be to replace that stand with one from a K1100 with straight legs. It is a bolt-on with no other modifications. I see your left "leg" on that stand is already quite worn and flattened on the bottom. Repairing that one is not worth it in my opinion.

    Frank

    Okay. I've heard of that being done. So I can literally take all of the bits and pieces (side stand, bearings, linkages, etc) and transfer them over to the K1100 stand? The center stand will contact the rubber bumper? I won't need any other parts? If mine appears to be that bad then new ones are available. I'll be long done riding before a new stand fails!

    Is it harder to get the bike up on the straight-legged center stand versus the original?
    Last edited by mcmlcccvrs; 03-22-2021 at 05:06 PM.

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    My 86 K100, has the same centre stand as in your pictures. I just welded a brace on the the curve, as these are known to bend as they get older and likely as a result of riders trying to use them as ride off stands. I also welded a thin piece of flat iron on the bottom of the centre stand legs and ground it to a round shape. Worked fine and if you can't find a K1100 centre stand a good way to go.
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    Instead of paying a shop to do some welding for me I opted for the K1100 route. I got a really nice side/center stand unit from a 1995 K1100RS and popped it on with 4 new stainless steel screws. I'll shoot some grease into the fittings. I noticed that the bike is ever so slightly harder to get off the center stand (not even worth mentioning really) but noticeably easier to put on the center stand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmlcccvrs View Post
    Instead of paying a shop to do some welding for me I opted for the K1100 route. I got a really nice side/center stand unit from a 1995 K1100RS and popped it on with 4 new stainless steel screws. I'll shoot some grease into the fittings. I noticed that the bike is ever so slightly harder to get off the center stand (not even worth mentioning really) but noticeably easier to put on the center stand.
    I am leery about installing fairly high torque stainless steel screws into aluminum threads such as on the bottom of the transmission case. Stainless screws are notorious for galling in these circumstances. I see no good reason not to use the original Cadmium plated cap screws. The stainless is likely to be no stronger - maybe weaker - and mostly decorative at a location only visible when the bike takes a nap.
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