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Adapter for automotive lift

Postby wellman » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:31 pm



Hello,
I have recently installed a 2 post automotive lift in my shop. Has anyone seen/ used/ built an adapter for lifting their Goldwing on a lift of this type? Would like to build one later this year and looking for ideas. I already have a small MC lift from Harbor Freight, just looking to try something new.
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Re: Adapter for automotive lift

Postby keithg64 » Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:38 am

Could you just put the bike up one side of the ramps, put it on the center stand ,strap it down and lift it up?
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Re: Adapter for automotive lift

Postby wellman » Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:54 pm

keithg64,
Not a ramp type lift, has 4 arms that swing in. Probably should have mentioned that.
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Re: Adapter for automotive lift

Postby themainviking » Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:17 am

It sounds like you need to build a 2X4 and 3/4 inch plywood box to set onto the arms, with a ramp to ride up onto it, and a way to firmly attach it to the lift arms. Should be an easy figure out.
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Re: Adapter for automotive lift

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:32 am

I guess it would depend on whether you want to lift the bike by the wheels or by the frame. If it's by the wheels, you could just build a plywood box. If you want to lift by the frame, so that you could work on the wheels, you might need an adapter that is a little stronger than wood.

I know some manufacturers of two-post automotive lifts make adapters to allow them to work with motorcycles - have you seen if that is available for yours?

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Re: Adapter for automotive lift

Postby wellman » Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:16 pm

WingAdmin,
I would like to lift bike under frame, like the HF lift I am using now so wheels can be removed. Haven't been able to find a mfg. that makes one of these but still looking. Do you remember where you saw these at? I will likely build something but was curious if anyone else had done this. Not really looking to make a wooden box, prefer steel frame. Once I come up with something that works will post pics. Not a high priority since the HF lift works pretty well.
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