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    2009 F800GS, about 40K miles on it. I've owned the bike for about two years. Over the last two weeks the side stand won't deploy the way it used to; it wants to come back up, even when it is almost completely extended. I have to lean the bike to the left so that the side stand contacts the ground to make enough friction for the stand to stay down. I have looked at the side stand nut and bolt, and it is tight. The bushing (?) has some flex in it, but I presume that it is "as designed".

    Do these side stand assemblies wear out? Do I need to replace the spring?
    Ran Bush Nor Cal '09 F800GS and a few other Beemers 

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    Is it bent? Check even float as it turns in the housing... if it looks like it is 'twisting' as you turn it, it is out of alignment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaav View Post
    if it looks like it is 'twisting' as you turn it, it is out of alignment.
    Thanks for the reply. It doesn't look bent to me, but I have nothing to compare it to. You mention alignment, how do you align the sidestand?
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    With the bike on the side stand check that the spring has moved forward of the pivot point of the side stand arm. If not then you have to find what is preventing that. Picture?

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    It sounds like too much force is being applied by the spring (wants to retract at full extension**.)

    Like Guenther suggested, check that the spring hasn't relocated itself.


    **I assume it is fully extending....?
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    Quote Originally Posted by guenner View Post
    With the bike on the side stand check that the spring has moved forward of the pivot point of the side stand arm ... Picture?

    /Guenther
    Thanks to all for the replies. It appears to me that the spring has moved forward of the pivot point of the side stand arm. Here's a couple of pics.

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    Thanks again for any suggestions.
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    It seems to me that the spring hits the foot peg or its attachment to the frame. If that is not the case you have to find out what prevents the side stand arm to move more forward.

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    I hate to ask the obvious but, have you tried lubing the pivot point? I usually give mine a spray with the chain lube when spraying it, center stand pivots too.

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    My side stand spring is fitted the other way round, the open end at the top faces the rear. There is clearance between OEM footrest and the spring when the stand is deployed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keefffff View Post
    My side stand spring is fitted the other way round, the open end at the top faces the rear.
    > tried lubing the pivot point?

    Thanks all, I will check those issues tomorrow. I went for a ride in the back woods today, and there were two times when I had trouble getting the bike off of the side stand after taking a break because of the crown in the road. Not fun.

    I wouldn't think that " fitted the other way round " would affect the way a spring behaves, but with BMW one never knows. They may have specialized Advanced Spring Technology Engineers on staff that design their springs in unique ways to justify the high prices that they charge for their bikes.

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