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Old February 9th, 2024, 10:13 PM   #1
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88-07 EX250F side stand anchors tear out?

Is it just me, or is it endemic to the 88-07 EX250F that the side stand anchors tear out of the stamped portion of the frame?

I just finished breaking down three EX250s (two from a junkyard, one from Craigslist, long story) to make one good one, and all three frames had trauma to the side stand anchors. One of them, the one I got all the good parts from, had one of the anchor nuts entirely torn out of the frame, with nothing left but a jagged hole.

My solution was to cut a chunk of 1/8" steel to fit between the side stand pivot bracket and the frame, and MIG weld it to the frame. I normally don't weld on motorcycle frames, but I figure that it is highly unlikely that the stamped steel portion is heat treated. And if it does go bad, I'll just switch to one of the other frames.

Here's a sketch of the reinforcing plate I welded onto the side of the frame. Apologies for the inch-based dimensions; that's just what I usually work with. For reference, the center-to-center distance of the two holes is a nominal 36mm, but the side stand bracket that goes there has one of the two holes slotted out by about 2mm to accommodate variations in the frame welding.

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Old February 23rd, 2024, 11:09 AM   #2
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It is not just you.

This happened to me years ago. I hadn't seen, up to that point, nor have I seen since, anyone discussing this phenomenon, until you.

I never repaired it; just use the center stand all the time, which drives me *nuts* but I never understood what was even broken. All I knew was the kickstand was broken and would drop the bike if I kept using it.

I have a lot of work to do on the bike, right now, so I'll see if I can add in this fix you've developed and get back on how it goes.
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