spring for rear stand on rigid G3L, G80L

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spring for rear stand on rigid G3L, G80L

Postby arthurmatchless » Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:16 pm

Apologies if this has been covered before. I am rebuilding my bike (1946 rigid Matchless) from scratch and have had the frame powder coated. I decided to buy a new spring and bolts for the rear stand but now am wondering how I can fit the spring which is obviously much shorter than the distance between the spigot on the frame and the rear stand. Is a special tool needed? Removing the old one was reasonably easy using the trick of inserting coins in the coils of the spring. Any suggestions most welcome. Thanks.

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Re: spring for rear stand on rigid G3L, G80L

Postby SPRIDDLER » Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:35 pm

You must have a very strong spring. I fitted one on my '47 by heaving on a loop of cord (fed through a bit of fuel pipe as a hand grip) and hooked onto the end of the spring to stretch it into place.
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Re: spring for rear stand on rigid G3L, G80L

Postby Stan Palmer » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:20 am

I have done 3 fairly recently using washers. You have to be careful if the springs are painted, I have read that you can use pieces of plastic, maybe big cable ties. It’s a tedious business bending the spring one way then the other to insert from each side. But it does work.
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Re: spring for rear stand on rigid G3L, G80L

Postby Mick D » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:43 am

Hi

I use a loop of para cord and a piece of wood as a handle or lever depending on how strong the spring is.

These were on offer from Venhill recently, https://www.venhill.co.uk/tools/long-sh ... -vt11.html so bought one.

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Only used it once so far but seems quite handy.

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Re: spring for rear stand on rigid G3L, G80L

Postby arthurmatchless » Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:01 pm

Thanks for you helps guys.

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