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Ideas on work stands

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by JPaganel, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. JPaganel

    JPaganel XS400 Addict

    I don't have a center stand, and I need to do the forks.

    What do people do for holding the bike in this sort of a situation?

    I could buy a centerstand.

    I could probably use a ladder and some ratchet straps, but that's not ideal.

    Any other common workarounds?
  2. Scotty4

    Scotty4 XS400 Member

    Twas a video I saw the other day in youtube discussing fork seals and he had made a frame to support the bike just under the head tube.

  3. xschris

    xschris a lifestyle not a trend Top Contributor

    I have center stands with hardware if you need one.:)
    Scotty4 likes this.
  4. James Mccollum

    James Mccollum XS400 Member

    I stacked 4 2x4s, screwed them together, picked up the front of my bike by the triple tree, and set the frame on the 2x4s, with the 2x4s right behind the cross brace under the oil filter.
    That put the front wheel about 4 inches off the ground
  5. xschris

    xschris a lifestyle not a trend Top Contributor

    The biggest reason for having the center stand is it’s the only way to check your oil level correctly. Being able to work on the bike anywhere you go is another
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  6. JPaganel

    JPaganel XS400 Addict

    I didn't want to wait, so ladder it was.


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