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    Harbor Freight Pit Stand

    The Monkey sitting on the Harbor Freight Pit Stand. Yes, the rear wheel is a good half inch or so clear of the ground, perfect. Very stable and good to service the chain or other work that is facilitated by being off the side stand.








    The Harbor Freight stand is inexpensive and light weight aluminum. It will not work for my other motorcycles, too narrow but for the Monkey it is about perfect.
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    I like HFT tools, a lot of their tools are used to DIY/modify my grom, from engine removal, to head porting and removing/installing bearings bearings from the crank shaft to the crank case, etc.

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    Among other things along the way, I have been a professional aviation mechanic, HFT are not what I would generally choose for professional use, and yes, mechanics who use tools professionally, can tell the difference. But for throwaway or light duty use, they have some good stuff. In fact, HF has slowly been upgrading their tools. Their new tool boxes are outstanding, not equal to SnapOn but darn good for the price and possibly even for pro use. I am also looking at one of their TIG welders that is a very nice tool with good reviews.

    An example of HF not so good quality, a wobble head drive six inch extension, I bought recently at Harbor Freight, removing the seat retention bolts on the Monkey to install the new plugs, the extension snapped in half just above the socket. That is a sign of poor quality and metal that is not through hardened. My SnapOn easily removed the bolts and would remove a thousand more without failure. But I cannot fault it too much as it was only a few dollars for the 1/4, 3/8 and 12 drives that are five times the price on the SnapOn truck (and infinitly better since the HF broke and the SnapOn did not, lol).
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    Looks like this one?

    https://www.harborfreight.com/low-pr...and-99701.html

    I don't have or wanted spools (Grom) so I went with the flat trailing arm adapter type :

    Harbor Freight Pit Stand-pit-stand.jpg
    Curious why you put the spool on the the shocks instead of the axle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FluxCapacitor View Post
    Looks like this one?

    https://www.harborfreight.com/low-pr...and-99701.html

    I don't have or wanted spools (Grom) so I went with the flat trailing arm adapter type :

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    Curious why you put the spool on the the shocks instead of the axle?
    Yes, that link is the one I am using. Well, a couple of reasons, if the lifting spools are on the axle then one cannot manipulate the axle bolt/nut while adjusting the chain. These are pit stand spools, not sliders, though they would offer some protection I am sure in a low speed fall over. As to the flat type lifters that do not use spools but lift on the swing arm, I have another stand, actually three and that style of lift is not stable, I have had a cycle come off the stand while wrenching on it, spools are much more stable.

    Axle spool on my Yamaha:



    I have both axle slider (spools) and a swing arm set of spools on my Triumph. I use the lower axle spools for most work but the swing arm spools for driveline and chain work:



    Most full size motorcycles, sporting bikes, have hollow axles front and rear wheels, the Monkey and I assume the Grom, being somewhat dimunitive, have a solid axle, not sure how one could install an axle spool without going with a different axle?
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    Trailing arm end cap adapters for the Grom.

    I'll be darn, looked up Monkey spools and that's where they put them.

    Harbor Freight Pit Stand-monkey-spool.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3crows View Post
    The Monkey sitting on the Harbor Freight Pit Stand. Yes, the rear wheel is a good half inch or so clear of the ground, perfect. Very stable and good to service the chain or other work that is facilitated by being off the side stand. ........It will not work for my other motorcycles, too narrow but for the Monkey it is about perfect.



    thank you for confirming. to use this workshop stand you have to:
    * purchase the accessory that replaces the original nut.



    (Initially, I thought we used a longer screw to put the support but in fact I saw that the screw was part of the frame).






    * fix the shock absorber and tighten.
    * fix the coil with the other BTR screw






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    Quote Originally Posted by FluxCapacitor View Post
    Looks like this one?

    https://www.harborfreight.com/low-pr...and-99701.html

    I don't have or wanted spools (Grom) so I went with the flat trailing arm adapter type :

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Curious why you put the spool on the the shocks instead of the axle?
    I was at Harbor Freight yesterday to pick up one of these because it's exactly what I want for my uses. However I discovered it's all one piece and I couldn't safely carry it home on my Grom. So I'm driving my truck to town today to get one.
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    I wanted one of those aluminum Harbor Freight stands until I saw this thread. It barely lifts the tire off of the ground! That's good for cleaning the wheel and lubing the chain and that's about it. I also don't have spools because, IMO, there is not a single good spool option for the Groms. They put them in odd locations.

    But for those that want one of these stands there is a 20% or 25% off 4th of July coupon. Check the Harbor Freight Coupon Database anytime you shop at Harbor Freight! https://www.hfqpdb.com/


    I prefer my Pitbull stand. It's for a full-size bike so it lifts the back of the Grom way up. This makes it so much easier to remove/install the exhaust and do oil changes. This stand can do spools or swingarms and it's adjustable for a wide variety of widths.


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    Got one today from Harbor Freight. I like it ... NO spools needed.

    Harbor Freight Pit Stand-img_1204.jpg

    The back wheel is WAY up... almost 6 inches off the ground. Obviously made for larger wheeled bikes. (lol)
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