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post #1 of 15 Old 07-15-2007, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Pics of my new DIY KLR emergency workstand.

Yeah, I know I could have just used a piece of wood found by the side of the road, but some of the places I ride are a little short on trees.

If I had a shop, instead of a studio apartment with no garage, I might have put something together out of aluminum pipe and a TIG welder. As it is I had to make due with an vintage, 7.2 volt Makita drill and a hacksaw.
I'm not complaining, though, projects like this are always fun, no matter the process/parts.

Hey, for just $6.35 it didn't come out too badly.

The ingredients:
1 1/2" ABS/PVC pipe
2" ABS/PVC pipe
2 couplers and some 3/8" hardware.


The notch in the top is so the swing arm has a place to sit and not drop the bike on my head while I'm working on it.
The coupler on the other end is so I have a cheap piece to replace if/when it wears out from being on the ground.


It also works under the skid plate when you need to remove the front wheel.


Fully adjustable, light weight and compact (more or less).. I think it will do fine.

-T

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-15-2007, 05:27 PM
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That's kewl, I might try to make one of those, as a thought you might go to Walmart or a drug store and by a walking cane rubber end to put on the ground end of the stand, that would help keep it from scooting.

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My original work stand that I used on my '05 was made out an aluminum cane.. The adjustable kind. I hacked off what I didn't need and placed the rubber feet on both ends. I was going to do it again for this bike, but couldn't find one used, and they cost $30.00 new.

The PVC is too large for the rubber pieces to fit.

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What about rubber pieces from wooden crutches?

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Only if the base of the crutch had a 2" diameter.
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Good point, been so long since I been on a pair I can't remember. Oh well was just trying to help out.. LOL I still like the design, light weight, original, and seems like it would work good.

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Oh well was just trying to help out..
And I appreciate the suggestions, thanks.

I think the PVC should grip pretty well on both pavement and dirt, and the notch at the top should keep the swing arm in place, too.

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Now I will have to start looking for some PVC......


I don't know why because I WON"T use it........


But it is a good ideal.

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I know what you mean.. In 23+ years I've never gotten a flat tire (nock on wood) on a motorcycle. Not even in the dirt. I'm just of the mind that I'd rather have the tools and never use them than not have them and kick myself for it later.
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What were the lengths of the pipe sections cut too?
Average distance between drilled holes?

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