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Oh, I found a wheel stop at my local dealer on the shelf and it was eighty fucking dollars! A wheel stop is a good idea. Eighty bucks for a piece of bent tubing is highway robbery. Go to the local weld shop and have them make you one for half that.
This is the original drawing I based mine on. Taken from Eurospares.
Here's another one from Uncle Sam. The Armored Force School Fort Knox,Kentucky - Lubrication and Inspection Guide-Motorcycle Department,1943. Just in case you want to lube your WLA. I can find pictures of this but not all in one place. I don't know how well it works but I think it would work better than the one I built as far as the tilting feature. Mine doesn't have enough support when unloading.
So here's my bottom line on bike stands:
1) Use the info here at your own risk. I'm just a dullard on the internet with a free blog. I've only built one and if you build it just like mine, it's dangerous when using the tilt feature. So don't bother with the tilt feature.
2) Simple is better.
3) The height of the stand should suit you and the bike(s) you will be working on.
4) Forget the paint. It just makes it slippery.
5) If you build something out of wood - use wood glue, in addition to, your fasteners.
5) Be careful. Use a helper. Tie the bike down once it's up there.
6) Wheel stop - you don't want to roll off the end, and make it wide enough for whatever tire you may have in there in the future. Mine's fine for vintage bikes with a 3.50 - 19 but I'm not sure the front on the Viffer will fit.
O.K. I'm done on stands unless I build another one. That may happen but not until many other projects are finished.