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Axle ratchet stands

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Step 1 – Release pawl

First remove the safety pin (not all ratchet stands have this safety pin), then lift the locking lever to release the pawl.

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Step 2 – Adjust height

Adjust the height of the saddle arm whilst keeping hold of the locking lever.

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Step 3 – Release locking lever

Once you have the desired height, release the locking lever. This will allow the pawl to engage with the ratchet teeth and lock the height in place.

Then refit the safety pin.

Peg stands (Axle stands with openings)

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Step 1 – Open stands

If you are using axle stands with foldable legs, then the first thing you need to do is open up the stand.

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Step 2 – Remove safety pin

Remove the safety pin while holding the centre column to stop it from sliding through the centre tube.

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Step 3 – Adjust height

Whilst holding the centre column, adjust the height of the arm.

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Step 4 – Place safety pin

Once it is at the desired height, place the safety pin through the centre tube and through the centre column, so the pin is slotted all the way through (note – on some axle stands, the pin passes through the centre column, but rests on the top of the centre tube).