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Old 02-27-2007, 06:28 AM   #1
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Default One important question?

You forgot to answer one important question.



How much are you willing to spend on this project.



Are funds?



Very limited?



Somewhat limited?



Unlimited?



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Old 02-27-2007, 06:37 AM   #2
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Sounds like you're on a tight budget, both space and money wise.



A long time ago, I built a roll up stand out of 2x4's and thick plywood I liberated from government shipping containers. It worked for me for 8 years.

I built it sturdy enough to roll my GS1000 and Sportster up.



On tools, don't skimp. If you find you need a tool, go out and get it. You will probably need it again.

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Old 02-27-2007, 08:11 AM   #3
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Go to HD or Lowes and buy twice the number of 48" flourescent fixtures you think you need. Get the cheap ones that have the overhead reflectors.



If you have a couple extra bucks, spring for the safety sleeves that fit over the bulbs. Especially for the fixture hanging over your workbench.
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Old 02-27-2007, 08:42 AM   #4
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Leave space in a corner for a nice drill press.



Also, put in a lot of ac outlets. Twice as many as you think you need.



Where do you live? Don't forget heat for winter if you need it.



You also need to work out some sort of ventilation.
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Old 02-27-2007, 08:49 AM   #5
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Get plenty of naked chick posters for the walls.
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:13 AM   #6
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Get a book called "How to Set Up Your Motorcycle Workshop" by G. G. Masi. Available through Whitehorse press. Lots of cool tips, but the smallest shop he talks about is 12 by 24.



No such thing as too much light or too many outlets. Bench and cabinet space is a trade off for bike storage space.



Have at least one set of shelves that is empty now, you'll need a place to put things like seats and gas tanks when you're working on a bike.



Check out a lift called eazy rizer at http://www.bike-lift.com/



It's semi portable and won't take up valuable floor space all the time.



Good Luck, you'll find it's an evolutionary process.



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Old 02-27-2007, 09:30 AM   #7
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Lots of hooks in the rafters are handy for hanging spare exhaust systems, etc. and keeping stuff from piling up on the floor. Those vinyl coated bicycle hooks work well.
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:32 AM   #8
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Yes, nothing adds to your day like being showered with broken glass and phosphorous.
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:36 AM   #9
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Here's a Pro's new shop: http://www.meccanicacorse.net/gallery/album14



J.D. Hord has been doin' this a few years now, I'd feel free to copy some of his ideas that take your fancy (although his new shop is bigger than the space you've got to work with).
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:53 AM   #10
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Get you some of this stuff.



http://www.rubbermaid.com/rubbermaid...at=HPCat100573
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