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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-25-2019, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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Hi. The side stand on my 2018 G310GS is to tall and the bike is way to upright when on the side stand in most situations. Its just a matter of time before it topples over and I've decided to shorten it a little. Before I start I must say my bike had the side stand recall done by the dealer from new. And that the fact the bike sits so upright may help to reduce the strain on the mounting bracket. Also modifying the stand may also invalidate the warranty should the bracket fail in the future. However, the modification done by BMW looks more than strong enough to take a little extra lean angle and I'm prepared to take the risk.
Here is a picture of the thick metal plate BMW added to strengthen the stand mounting bracket.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-25-2019, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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Remove the side stand switch connector. Then remove the Circlip and the nut that holds on the cover. Gently wiggle and pull the cover off.
Remove the hex bolt that hold the side switch in position. NOTE. The switch has a little metal tab on the inside which locates in a small hole in the switch mounting plate so make sure the tab goes back in that hole when re-fitting.
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Then remove the 2 torx bolts that hold on the switch mounting plate and remove it
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Next you need to get the double spring off the post. Use a spring puller for this. The fat spring is easy but the thin one is tough. I found it easier to lift the stand right up and pull back rather than down.
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Then you need a 10mm hex drive to remove the main pivot bolt. It's held it with lots of thread lock so needs a good bit of force to move it. The stand will then slide out. NOTE the position of the large washer when re-fitting.
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More to follow when I have shortened the stand. 😉
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Increasing the rear shock preload solved the “too upright” problem for me. Did you try that first?
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i would not cut a perfectly good side stand. Welding will on some level compromise its strength. one just needs park the bike on the right angle. Each bike is unique in this respect. And as WoondWorks correctly pointed out, increasing the rear spring preload elevates the bike's hight. Considering that OEM suspension is already too soft, it is a good idea anyway. I my GS I did not notice any issues with the side stand; and I have side stand stand foot enlarger, which makes it even a bit longer.

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Increasing the rear shock preload solved the “too upright” problem for me. Did you try that first?
I did so, too.
Problem is solved!
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