How To: Assemble RPM’s Pit Pro Extreme Car Stand

The RPM Pit Pro Extreme car stand comes as a kit with simple instructions and by following those instructions you can have the stand assembled in about 20 minutes. I pulled my stand out of the bag and took some notes while assembling it to help others who may also be setting up their stand for the first time.

Tip one:

Trim the flashing off of the support legs and arms. These nubs will be sharp and beyond possibly hurting someone they will be an annoyance when setting up, using and storing your stand.

Tip two:

Use an alcohol prep pad or some denatured alcohol on a clean towel to prep the surfaces where the self-adhesive pads will go. This will help them stick as the area is quite small and any contaminants could cause the pad to lift.

Tip three:

Leave everything somewhat loose until you are ready to set the truck (or car) on the stand for the first time. This will allow you to set the stand exactly how you need it for your particular chassis.

Tip four:

Keep an eye out for how tightly you tighten the wing nut. It can be over-torqued if you are not careful. It only needs enough force to prevent the truck from leaning once in position. When the truck is held horizontally it will require less torque but once the truck is placed on an angle you will need to tighten it slightly to keep the truck in one position.

Step one:
Unpack everything and take note of what is included.

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This is also a good time to trim the flashing off of some of the parts before assembly such as the support legs shown below.

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Step two:
Apply the self-adhesive non-slip pads to the support feet (take note of which side is the bottom of the feet and which is the top) and the upper arms that support the chassis (these are the black pieces which look suspiciously like 12mm hexes). These pads are located in the hardware bag and look like furniture bumpers.

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Step three:
Attach the feet to the center portion of the stand. This is done with the included button head screws and lock nuts. The lock nuts slot into a hole in the bottom of the support legs.

This is what the stand should look like at this point:

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Step four:
Assemble the upper arms by placing the top arm on top of the bottom to form an L-shape; there is only one way they will work. The countersunk screw hole should be on the top. Next place the pads on top of the arms and secure with the included countersunk screw. Finally insert the molded-in pegs of the top plate into the slots on the arms and place the adjuster screw into the adjustment slot with a nut on the back side. The nut will slide along a track in the underside of the top plate and this gives you the ability to set the arms in most any position you need them.

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Step five:
Slide the top portion onto the bottom and set the unit for your chassis. This is how it should look once finished:

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Once everything is in position for your chassis, tighten everything down snug but not too tight as to strip something out. The bolt attached to the wing nut requires a 5/32″ hex to tighten fully but you could also use a pair of pliers to hold the head still while tightening the wing nut.

Bonus tip:
If you are using this stand with multiple chassis, mark the upper arms location with a silver Sharpie for the optimum position for each chassis. This will allow you to quickly set the arms to the same position each time. Simply draw a line on the upper arms and a corresponding line on the upper plate so that you only have to line up the two marks to set the stand for each chassis.