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    As my new Caterham kit is soon to be arriving, I was wondering if anyone had any experience with chassis stands being used in place of the typical axle stands. I have a couple different sets of axle stands but I'm intrigued by these chassis stands because of the available 28" height and how that would help an old guy like me work on the car. https://www.pegasusautoracing.com/pr...p?Product=3175
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    Bruce

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    Hi Bruce, it's been almost 20 yrs since I assembled mine using standard jack stands. My question to you is how much help do you have? When I assembled mine, I did everything on the stands, including the motor and gearbox. So when it came time to put it on the ground, I was worried about the balance and the stands being pulled/tipped when lowering one end. I had four friends hold on to the back end as I lowered the front, just to make sure it didn't slip.

    If you have it up 28 inches, I'm just wondering how you get it on the ground as you add weight.

    Tom
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    I used saw horses when I built mine https://www.homedepot.com/p/Stanley-...0626/203799620

    Used them until I had the suspension installed and then set it on the ground with the help of 3 friends and finished the build using jack stands.
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    Being a good Yankee i use cinder blocks & a pair of 4x4's. it lets me adjust the height and prevents lower back strain from bending over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowss7 View Post
    . . . If you have it up 28 inches, I'm just wondering how you get it on the ground as you add weight.
    .....well
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    See the currently active Rotus-rebuild photos for his chassis stand solution.
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    Thanks for all the help guys...and for the laughs! I was planning on doing all the work I could do with it up on the stands and then lower it to the ground (or the lower axle stands) and then install the engine/transmission. I think I'm going to try them out because I can always use them on my vintage race chassis too when I start working on that. Or I might just get that lift I've always wanted if I could just get my garage done.....
    Bruce

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    I can't remember what works best for a Caterham. But i long ago found the birkin engine/gearbox goes more smoothly lowering down onto a dolly. (I've lost track of how often it's happened)

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    I used a pair of folding leg saw horses set on the lowest setting. rated at 1200 pounds. Worked perfectly on the lowest setting it was just at the right height for working on.

    Graham

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