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Just finished installing a center stand on my new 2015 Valkyrie. Total costs incl shipping = $177.00

Listed in the photos are the parts I used, all 100% OEM. Found the exhaust shield and center stand on EBay, the hardware I ordered from BikeBandits out of San Diego. The EBay parts were like brand new, no damage or wear at all.

The most difficult part of the job was replacing the exhaust shield, about 2 hours. Installing the rest was super easy, about 1/2 hr.

Three hints = 1) Take your time on the exhaust shield, the front trim and side trim have to come off. Easy to remove, a pain to align and reinstall
2) Be sure to order the 'bumper', this keeps the stand from contacting any other metal when retracted. 3) Most aggravating of all, the right side stand bolt is left hand threads. Goes in super easy when you're turning it the right direction.
 

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Great information - do you have the part number for the exhaust shield you bought and could you give an idea of what you have to do to install it please?

Thanks,

Mark
 

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Greetings Mark,

I purchased the exhaust shield on E-Bay. Look for a GL1800A left exhaust shield. There are shops out there that do Goldwing trike conversions and simply take these parts off, not to be used in the conversion. (Same for the center stand). I believe the application is from 2001 - 2016. Surprisingly, there are quite a few of these pieces that come up for sale. A fair price for either the shield or the stand would be $55 - $65, not including shipping. Mine were takeoffs, showroom new.

Here's the forum address of another owner who installed the center stand - good info and pictures:

http://www.f6cforum.com/forum/9-honda-f6c-parts-accessories/1186-centerstand-7.html#post69298

In a nutshell, to get to the one bolt holding on the exhaust shield, you need to remove these parts because they overlap one another: front upper cowl, front lower cowl, left side engine/chassis trim panel. Sounds overwhelming but it's really not. I've never owned a Valkyrie before so I dove in totally blind. Take your time, check for bunches of hidden plastic 'rivet fasteners' and the obvious exposed bolts. If it doesn't easily come loose, something is holding it. There are two exceptions to that statement...the long side engine/chassis cover has a slide-in fitting at the rear - to finally remove the trim piece, you slide it forward. The exact same is true for the exhaust shield itself.

For me, everything reassembled easily except the front lower cowl. Alignment will cause you to remember some old swear words. Make mental notes of the cowl position before removing.

Good Luck, Safe Riding.
 

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Thank you very much - I ordered all the parts new from an online dealer in CA for less than $200. The most expensive parts were:

Projector, L RR: 18417-MCA-A20 $87.97 (left exhaust indention piece center stand left leg rests in)

Stand, main: 50500-MCA-305 $76.97. (Center stand)


Does the actual left exhaust pipe have an indention in it that is covered by the piece that comes stock from factory and the new piece I ordered just has the intention to follow the indention cut in actual exhaust pipe?

Thanks - Mark
 

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Mark,

The actual exhaust pipe is pretty small, perhaps 1.25" or so. The exhaust pipe is located in the upper area enclosed by the chrome shield. After installing the left shield, the indentation has plenty of room and does not contact the exhaust pipe itself.

Safe Riding,
 

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Anybody have any idea of the thickness of the collar, item #2 ?
I'm assuming it just acts to ensure the left hand threads on the bolt do not bottom out in the frame boss?
Seems to me that a shorter left hand bolt thread would have eliminated the spacer?
I'm putting this together now, and guess I'll just add a roughly 1/2" spacer to do the job.
BTW, Thanks for the hints!
 

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For me, everything reassembled easily except the front lower cowl. Alignment will cause you to remember some old swear words. Make mental notes of the cowl position before removing.
Totally forgot about this but yeah it applies to when you decide to install the fog lights too. If I'd been thinking, I would have taken pics with my phone before taking stuff apart. Would love to see your bike when you get everything done to it.
 

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Hello,

I guess I am just dense - the instructions above to mount the center stand show that 8 washers are needed. I ordered all the parts except the washers - I don't see where the 8 washers are used and as a matter of fact the instructions in one area shows to discard the washers. Does the upper or lower cowls use washers when you are disassembling? I haven't taken apart yet and want to make sure I have everything I need first. Can someone who has installed the stand clarify this for me please?

Thanks,

Mark
 

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Hello Mark,

I think the eight washers you are referring to, were mentioned in an older post I referenced. I have no idea how he used them, but said they were to aid him with the installation of the center stand spring. The trick to installing the spring is to use a large phillips head screwdriver and use it as a slide to get the spring on. A flat head screwdriver will not work, must be phillips.

Don't worry about the installation of your new parts, everything will assemble fine. Your bike has all the holes and mounts ready to accept the factory parts. Take pictures of your front cowls before removal.

Safe Riding,
 

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I just installed my center stand and the only issue I had was the instructions telling me the left collar and right collar were supposed to be different (hole diameter). I ordered my stand on eBay from a seller that converts trikes. From what I can tell the left collar and right collar are identical. Was I sent the wrong parts? The stand seems to work fine. I just don’t want it to fail sometime down the road due to installation error.

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Disregard my above post. After searching the internet for some photos I saw that they indeed are 2 different sized collars. The Outer Diameter are identical but the right side has a smaller inner diameter to allow more material for the spacer to rest on. Functionally it works but I went ahead and ordered the right side to be safe. Part #50504-MCA-000 Collar, R. Main Stand for reference.
 

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I don't have the grab rails on my bike so how hard would be to put the bike on its centerstand?.
On my F6B it takes a lot of effort but I know the Valk is a bit taller and lighter so it should be an easier I hope.
 

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It certainly helps to have a second hand grip on the bike while putting it on its center stand for balance and security. It is still doable without the rails. It would probably help if you were heavier.
 

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I just installed my center stand today.. Thanks to this thread was fairly simple.. Only “fun” part was getting enough tension on that spring. I wound up making a hook like tool out of a coat hanger.. only a couple F Bombs were needed to finish the job :)
 

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It certainly helps to have a second hand grip on the bike while putting it on its center stand for balance and security. It is still doable without the rails. It would probably help if you were heavier.
I guess I'm heavier. It looks like magic when it goes up on the stand with just left hand on the left handlebar grip and right hand holding the drink I'm sipping;).

The right foot does it all.

The ground clearance is so low and the balance just so right to get this big bike up. The flip side is it may be easy to bump and roll off.:eek:
 
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