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Are Pit Bull stands really worth the money? I can get a set of driven front headlift and rear spool stand for the price of a front Pit Bull headlift stand. What are your thoughts? Is Pit Bull just a name, or are they that much better?
 

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Are Pit Bull stands really worth the money? I can get a set of driven front headlift and rear spool stand for the price of a front Pit Bull headlift stand. What are your thoughts? Is Pit Bull just a name, or are they that much better?
They are so well built and solid that you can put them in your will! They will last literally forever.
 

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Is Pit Bull just a name, or are they that much better?
A buddy has them (I'm too cheap to go there) and they aren't just a name. They are a premium tool that are worth more than the cheap ones in terms of build quality. It is like comparing Snap On tools to Harbour Freight tools.

That said, I don't own any Pit Bull stuff and likely won't ever. The cheap ones do 98% of the job for 60% of the cost and that is good enough for my uses. If I was running a professional race team I would have all Pit Bull stands. But I'm just a duffer who occasionally does track days and stores my bikes on a stand for winter and the cheap stuff does that just fine for me.


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I have had the Harbor Freight rear stand and now the Pit Bull rear and front stands. The Pit Bull stands are way better. They are actually easier to maneuver into position and lift the bike with as well.

The Harbor Freight rear stand is similar to a lot of the other brands you can get, and they are not near as sturdy. If you bump or push on the side of the bike at all, the stand flexes sideways. The Pit Bull stands are rock solid.

I still have the Harbor Freight stand, but I haven't used it since I got the Pit Bull stands a couple years ago.

This is the Harbor Freight stand:
 

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They are expensive for sure but also the best quality out there. But the thing is there are other good options in between too, it's not just Pitbull vs Venom (or some other shitty chinese shit). Woodcraft and Vortex both make some really good stands and they are also a bit cheaper than Pitbull.

Personally, I try to find good deals on used ones, because aside from a few cosmetic scuffs, you won't find any used Pitbulls that are actually damaged, so they work as well as new. I got my set lightly used for $100 (front is a hybrid). Then I have another rear stand that I got for like $60 or something like that. Also have a set of Woodcraft stands that I got for free when I bought a bike. I just keep getting them for cheap or next to nothing lol I just gave a rear stand away to a friend, which I had also acquired for free like 6-7 years ago lol
 
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Pitbull are VERY good, like the Porsche of stands. You pay a premium but they are extremely well built. There are cheaper stands that work, but still not that cheap. Anything cheaper than say, Woodcraft, will be total china garbage
 

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I have a Pit Bull rear at home (plus a set of the cheaper trackside stuff). While out at the track we only have the trackside stuff.

Reasoning is at the track the only thing I'm doing is pulling the wheels off for a quick tyre change while at home the bike might sit on the rear stand for weeks (or months in the summer). I might be pulling out forks, stripping bodywork etc. etc. I'm supposed to practice my body position on the bike (but never do) and for all of these activities I want the strength of the Pit Bull rear stand.

My buddy has the full pair of Pit Bull's with the front forks being the mount point, but I prefer the trackside front stand that uses inserts into the bottom triple clamp (almost said yoke there - Scottish) so I can pull out forks if necessary (got to make sure and get the right diameter insert or you will damage the bottom/front of your fairing.
 

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I bought myself an ABBA stand a couple years ago....it's friggin amazing..I wish I had this 10 years ago! ..and you can use it on different bikes! I got the Superbike Stand-Front & Rear Package 2 for around $300 US after shipping https://abbastandsusa.com
I can lift either front, rear, or both wheels off the ground. with both wheels off the ground I can climb on bike and it wont budge...super safe and easy to use.
 

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I bought myself an ABBA stand a couple years ago....it's friggin amazing..I wish I had this 10 years ago! ..and you can use it on different bikes! I got the Superbike Stand-Front & Rear Package 2 for around $300 US after shipping https://abbastandsusa.com
I can lift either front, rear, or both wheels off the ground. with both wheels off the ground I can climb on bike and it wont budge...super safe and easy to use.
Without taking the time to actually look at Pit Bull's site, or price it out through the vendors..... seems like this is less expensive for a hobbyist, as absolute speed of access isn't anywhere near as critical as it would be in the pits during a race. Even with shipping, it's still under $300 for the setup you bought.

Can't see another $200 to put wheels under it, and I can't see another $400+ to add a hydraulic ram plus the wheels.

Seems like a good value for money if you need to get the front wheel off the ground in a controlled way.

I've watched the videos on ABBA's site; it's amazing they haven't been buried under knock offs using the same idea. Same thing is true of paddock stands I guess. It's a simple question of leverage and what mounting points you use. Nothing unique about that to warrant a patent, I think.
 

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They do look interesting, don't think its a replacement for front and rear stands for simple stuff. Few years ago looked at a similar bike stand but it was much more expensive. Years ago I had a Yamaha FZ6 with a center stand, with that and a simple jack under the header I was able to do all kinds of maintenance from head bearings to removing the swingarm. Really missed that for my sport bikes. Front and rear stands were good for a lot of stuff but for swingers and head bearing it took a lot more effort. No Im not advocating putting a center stand on the ZX6R :) Had a Woodcraft front stand that used a pin in the steering stem. Nice but a bit fiddly and the pin was a tight fit on my CBR600RR which made it a bit difficult. After getting the Woodcraft wished I had gotten the Pit Bull version.
 

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I see used pitbull stands for sale very frequently in my area, but I'm kinda the same way. I just wanted something a little cheaper (could be a bad idea, could work out) I ended up getting what I thought was a front and rear set of black widow stands, but it turns out someone just slapped a black widow logo sticker on venom stands that you can order from walfart.

They have been working well for me, got them used for $30/set, wheels roll just fine, they lift the bike up how they're supposed to, and for $30 I don't feel like I was cheated out of black widow brand, but that I just got a good set of stands for cheap.
 

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I am also equally suprised there are no ABBA stand knock offs. ..as for speed ..I can have my wheels off ground in under a minute...it def not IDEAL for track quick change...but 100% awesome for working on front and or/rear suspension, swing arm..EVEN AT the same time! Have my 636 on this stand for a couple of weeks..I took the forks , had them serviced and replaced steering head bearings/seals myself, then reinstalled forks. perfect for DIY intermediate-advance stuff. motorcyle OH that HARBOR FRIEGHT STAND.. great price... but completely UNSAFE..it has served me great as scrap aluminum that I've used on a bunch of projects..one being custom headlight bracket when I went off road truck LED as Headlight and installed stupermoto style forks on the DRZ. let me be clear... I CUT UP THE HARBOR FRIEGHT stand and used the aluminum AS THE BRACKET.
 

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Thanks alot for all of the input and details with experiences. I think pitbull does sound like the way to go. That being said, I have found a Pit Bull headlift stand on Craigslist 45 mins away for $120 with a number 2 pin in it. This looks like it is actually the pin I will need which is definitely a plus. I also found a used Pit Bull rear spool stand for $75, that is 15 mins away from the front stand. I think it will definitely be worth an hour of driving each way to pick these up. Thanks for all of the advice. I've been patiently searching and finally came up with something closer to my budget!
 

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Thanks alot for all of the input and details with experiences. I think pitbull does sound like the way to go. That being said, I have found a Pit Bull headlift stand on Craigslist 45 mins away for $120 with a number 2 pin in it. This looks like it is actually the pin I will need which is definitely a plus. I also found a used Pit Bull rear spool stand for $75, that is 15 mins away from the front stand. I think it will definitely be worth an hour of driving each way to pick these up. Thanks for all of the advice. I've been patiently searching and finally came up with something closer to my budget!
Yup, those are great prices!!! I think you will be happy with the purchases. :)
 

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I'm getting mixed answers for if the #2 pin will work for a 2011 ZX6R. Does anyone have a #39 pin and set of calipers and can tell me the diameter of the #39 pin? According to The Pit Bull site, when you enter bike it says #2 can be substituted for #39 on this model. The only thing I wonder, is it wouldn't let me enter year. Just Kawasaki ZX6R. I just don't want to ream the hole bigger with a wrong pin. Thanks.
 

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I'm getting mixed answers for if the #2 pin will work for a 2011 ZX6R. Does anyone have a #39 pin and set of calipers and can tell me the diameter of the #39 pin? According to The Pit Bull site, when you enter bike it says #2 can be substituted for #39 on this model. The only thing I wonder, is it wouldn't let me enter year. Just Kawasaki ZX6R. I just don't want to ream the hole bigger with a wrong pin. Thanks.


I used a #2 pin on my 09 for years. I never heard of the #39 for the bike lol


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