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Old 18th November 2012, 20:04   #31
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Default Re: My Valentine- The Honda Activa- a very long term test!

The side stand of my Activa had a rubber guard (aftermarket fitting by me) which helped me in not ever hearing the metallic sound (partly destructive, it was I believe) whenever it was disengaged. This one encircled the entire side stand, lowest part and hit the lower body when disengaged, with its cushion.
It gave me about 8 years of service. Very recently, it got torn apart and had to be discarded. This picture shows the rubber, when the going was good!

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Now I was in a fix as to what should be done to replace it? Then I saw the balance rod bush on my Scorpio and thought this one will be surely act as the new rubber saviour for me. It was available for Rs 61=00 (Mahindra spares don't cost a bomb) and I just got one.
The problem was that this would not encircle the lowest part of the side stand wholly, but only partly.
The fitting was done using a discarded Hawkins 2.5 litre pressure cooker gasket and Oh yeah ! Now its doing its duty very well.

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The gap (rubber balance rod bush) has been left at the lower portion of the side stand ,as the upper portion hits scooter's underbody.

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Pictures of the balance rod bush and the gasket and how these have been fitted.
The manufacturers rarely bother about such nitty-gritty problems faced by users and only volumes and money matter to them.

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