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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-16-2016, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Need a stand, carport is gravel...advice?

Need a stand for doing general maintenance, but my carport is gravel and not level. Would I be better off with something like a wheel chock than trying to do spindles?
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get a peace of ply wood and work on top of it, it will give you flat place for stands and makes it harder to loose bolts and nuts, also nice if you add carpet to it
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That's smart. I found a harbor freight that doesn't require spools that looks decent.
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That's smart. I found a harbor freight that doesn't require spools that looks decent.

I still have one of these i would use with the Versys. Just run the bike on it the wheel get locked in to the chock and hop off. I still secured it with 2 tie-downs just in case. You could mount this on a piece of plywood if you wanted.1800 Lb Capacity Motorcycle Stand/Wheel Chock

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Oh nice thanks.
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get a peace of ply wood and work on top of it, it will give you flat place for stands and makes it harder to loose bolts and nuts, also nice if you add carpet to it
marine grade (treated) plywood and you can leave it outside year round. but even untreated will last a couple years out of the rain. spill enough used oil on it and it becomes water and insect proof
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marine grade (treated) plywood and you can leave it outside year round. but even untreated will last a couple years out of the rain. spill enough used oil on it and it becomes water and insect proof
when not in use set up on end onto a couple 2x4s to keep it off ground and it will last forever

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when not in use set up on end onto a couple 2x4s to keep it off ground and it will last forever
non marine grade will start to delaminate from repeated rains. keep it out of the rain and off the ground and it will last a long time. a good "oil" based stain will also help protect it
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you can also get a couple of the 20" patio pavers from the hardware store and level a small parking/work area
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Yep... I use pavers...

I have a stack of them. I usually use them to build a ramp to get my wife's Charger up high enough to reach the oil pan, as my metal ramps are too steep to clear the frontend. I rearrange the stack when I need a platform to work on the V. It's a mild pain in the backside, but I had the pavers left over from another project.

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