How to Make a Dirt Bike Stand

If you’re looking to save a few bucks on your dirt bike stand, it’s easy enough to craft one at home. Having a dirt bike stand makes your bike easy and accessible for maintenance


Some dirt bike stands require you to lift your dirt bike up onto it. Depending on your strength and the weight of the bike, this may or may not be realistic and safe. Others include a jack, in which case it is important to make sure that the jack is lower than your dirt bike’s ground clearance.

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You will also want to consider aesthetic preferences. Some homemade stands look just that… homemade. The more time, effort, and craftsmanship you put into your stand, the better it will look.

Milk Crate Stand

Probably the easiest and cheapest solution for a dirt bike stand is the old milk crate trick. A milk crate will likely not be tall enough to stand your bike on, so you can either turn the crate on its side for added height, or create a base out of plywood on which you set the milk crate. You can also stack plywood on top of the milk crate to add to its height.

An equally easy solution to the milk crate is to use a utility bucket. Keep in mind that modified milk crates and utility buckets are not always highly stable, and if you have a heavier bike they may not safely support the weight.

Wooden Stand

Wooden stands can also be a good solution. If constructed properly they can bear hundreds of pounds of weight, and are usually more stable than a milk crate construction. These can be made from 2×4’s and plywood, or bed frame rails and plywood. If you have access to the proper equipment, you can also make a press fit stand out of plywood, which can hold up to around 400lbs. It is also possible to build a stand out of the wood of the crate your dirt bike came in if you recently purchased your bike.

Wooden stands are often more stable than milk crate stands, however they still have reasonable weight limitations and are not adjustable in height.

Lift Stand

Building a lift stand is not complicated, and these stands are far more expensive to buy from a store or supplier. Start with a scissor jack, which you can sometimes find at a junkyard, and fix steel plates to the top and bottom end of the jack. You may also want to add a rubber protector pad.

If you are concerned about stability, or if you have a particularly heavy bike, you can add a hinged ¼” steel plate, which will make it more stable to work on.

There are plenty of solutions if you are looking for a more cost-effective dirt bike stand. The type of stand you make should depend on your personal capabilities, the tools you have on hand, and the amount of effort you’re willing to put forth.

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