bump! I am waiting for some input on taking off the heat shield on the left side for the center stand mod. I found a used stand and exhaust shield both total cost $95, $25 for the stand and $70 for the shield.. Bought all the hardware from the dealer. Didn't wait to be missing and thing or have striped out treads on any of the parts. That was about $38. As far as the stand being to short, once I mount it if this is the case I'll take it back off and weld about 1/2" to 1" pad on it to raise the bike up a bit.
The shields look like they are locked in by the mufflers. There is a real confusing diagram on pages 2-10 & 2-11 of the service manual.
When I installed V&H pipes on my Gold Wing I remember the heat shields came off after I pulled the cans. Since the Gold Wing and Valkyrie are nearly identical I think it might be the same deal. I didn't have a manual at the time so I bet you can just pull the left can off and go from there. (They recommend a new gasket but I reused mine.)
I purchased a new take-off center stand from a Gold Wing from Shawnee Honda (405) 273-1400. They do trike conversions and have the center stands for $50.00 complete with all mounting hardware and spring. $10.00 shipping. I don't plan to leave the stand on. I just install the mounting hardware when I want to put the bike on the center stand then remove it when I'm done. It's tall enough to get the rear tire off the ground by an inch or more. Agree it does not feel as stable as I would like but it's not like it wants to roll off the stand. I can rock the bike front and back without it coming off the stand. But for extra security, if I am going to do any serious work on the bike, like changing tires, I will use a tie-down strap from the stand to the crash bars to ensure the stand can not move backwards.
Installation tip: The short bolt goes on the left side. The long bolt with spacer goes on the right side and that bolt is LEFT hand thread. The bushings go on the inside of the stand with the flat surface against the flat surface on the frame.
Sorry it took so long to get back. The center stand and exhaust shield are a exact swap. I bought the part using the part numbers for the GW and F6B I got a Used exhaust shield from a tech at Norfolk Honda Va. To swap the shield you have to pull the black plastic from the under belly on the left side. Rear tire is only 1/2" off the ground using the center stand. I might modify it and add another 1/2"
I didn't notice any issue on how it comes off the stand, if your comparing it a Goldwing its most likely because it lighter. Here are some bigger file sizes. And sorry I wasn't thinking about when I was doing it didn't get pictures of it apart.