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    Default Side stand question

    Hi,

    I'm a new 439 owner and although I have a number of vintage bikes, this is my first Indian of any type. So, I'm in the learning process as much as the enjoyment process.

    The sidestand on my bike appears to be correct. Looking at the dwgs in Greer Engineerings book, it seems to be the right stand. But the bike sits at a very steep angle when on that stand. I was thinking that perhaps the foot is wrong and only the bracket is correct, or the foot is for a different year four. I did see a photo of a four that had a pad welded to the bottom of the foot. I'm not ready to do that just yet. To give you an idea of the angle, If I place a piece of 2x4 under the sidestand, the bike rests at an angle that I would think is more correct.

    I started to adjust the stand, but see that the small lug for the return spring will hit the bottom crankcase pan. So, I'm maintain a safe distance.

    I'd appreciate any input on this. Bike was restore by the PO who is deceased. So, I've got nobody to ask why things are like they are on the bike.

    Thanks and regards,
    Rob
    Rob Sigond
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    G,day Rob ,my 44 Chief side stand can be made to stand more upright by tighten the main bolt that holds the stand on the frame or you can back it off to make it lean over ,but if you need a 4 x 2 to make it stand up more it could be the stand itself my 44 has a flat pad on it . Be sure not to have it stand upright to much i have seen they get blown over by a semi before ,cheers Rob

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    My 440 has a different stand than you I think, however, I carry a small piece of 2x4 in my pocket to put under when I park. It is a pain but you do what you have to do.
    D. A. Bagin #3166 AKA Panheadzz 440 48chief W/sidecar 57fl 57flh 58fl 66m-50 68flh 70xlh

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    Thanks guys. I need to winterize my bikes tomorrow. So, weather permitting, I'll drag out the 439 and take a picture of the stand and the angle at which the bike rests to see if you think it is okay or agree with me that it's too far over.

    In the the meatime, I'll try not to park my bike where semi's roam. I do remembert when I was a kid, a guy was changing a tire on a BMW Isestta (little car with the door in the front) on the side of the NYS Thruway and a tractor-trailer went by and blew it over while it was on the jack. It made the news.

    regards,
    Rob
    Rob Sigond
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    I've seen folks use rubber type pucks on the bottom of their stands and have even seen teflon used as well. I unfortunatley didn't inquire as to why???? Maybe these bikes had the wrong sidestand as I've seen many an Indian without additonal material added to keep their bike at an acceptable angle.
    Cory Othen
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    Finally got around to winterizing the herd and taking a pic of the 439 on the side stand.

    Here are a couple shots of the bike on the side stand. I'm starting to think it is not that bad after comparing it to my other bikes.







    So, whatchya think?

    regards,
    Rob
    Rob Sigond
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    It doesn't look like it's leaning too bad ... but that could be my eyes..... It does look about normal to me though....

    Cory Othen
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    That's an awesome four! lean angle looks good to me. Sweet four !

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    Very pretty bike. Love the color scheme. Hope you ride the heck out of it. I sure love mine. Enjoy. Where in N.Y. are you??
    D. A. Bagin #3166 AKA Panheadzz 440 48chief W/sidecar 57fl 57flh 58fl 66m-50 68flh 70xlh

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    Thanks guys. Appreciate the kind words and feedback.

    D.A., No offense or disrespect intended here, but on the Internet, Upstate NY his as accurate as I get. Not because of folks here, but because of others fishing for victims.

    regards,
    Rob
    Rob Sigond
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