As a dirt bike owner, you'll want to take care of your bike, performing regular maintenance and cleanings after each ride. Unfortunately, many manufactured dirt bike stands are very expensive, costing hundreds of dollars. With a few simple steps and some basic tools, you can build your own dirt bike stand that will be perfectly capable of getting your bike off of the ground and supporting its weight.
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Things you need
- Milk crate
- Plywood sheet
- Measuring tape
- Circular saw or jigsaw
- Lazy susan
Measure the dimensions of your milk crate. Milk crates are generally square, with dimensions between 13-by-13 inches and 15-by-15 inches. The size of your milk crate will determine the size of the finished plywood sections you're about to cut.
Use a circular saw or jigsaw to cut the your plywood sheet into two identical shapes. A jigsaw will offer an increased level of accuracy and control for most users. Each plywood piece will feature six sides. The bottom side should be about 8 inches larger than the width of the milk crate opening, and the top side should be 1/8 inch smaller than the milk crate opening.
Cut the upper portion of each plywood section to fit into the milk crate. The lower portion of the plywood section should have a tapered shape to facilitate the wider base of your stand.
Cut a ½-inch slot through the centre of each plywood piece. Each slot should be equal in length to half the height of the plywood piece. The first plywood piece should have a slot originating from the bottom side, while the second piece will have a slot originating from the top. Your two plywood sections should now fit together to form the base of the stand.
Place the milk crate upside down over your plywood base. Optionally, you can attach a lazy susan to the top of your stand (the underside of the milk crate). This will allow your bike to rotate freely after it has been placed on the stand. This will be a very useful feature when cleaning or fixing your dirt bike.
Tips and warnings
- Try to find a milk crate that matches the dimensions of the underside of your dirt bike. The bike should rest on the stand just in front of the rear wheel.
- Do not use a milk crate that has been cracked or damaged. Your dirt bike likely weighs more than 90.7 Kilogram, and a faulty stand could break and cause damage to the bike.
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