Bike lift question


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Bike lift question

Postby tunaboy » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:54 am



I bought one of the Harbor FREIGHT bike lifts. This is NOT the one that goes fully under the bike. This one works like a fork lift truck. When I start to lift the bike I can see that it looks like the lift arms will hit the exhaust pipes first. I am not really sure about this. 650# on the exhaust pipes. Should I make a wooden spacer to put the load on the frame or maybe the motor itself? I am thinking that the wooden spacer might be the way to go. The spacer would let me put the lift anywhere under the bike and not have to dodge crash bars, exhaust pipes, center stand etc. This would let me find the balance point as well. Tell me what you think. I have lots of maintenance to do and being able to get the bike off the gound would be a GREAT help.

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Re: Bike lift question

Postby tunaboy » Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:26 am

When I look on the bottom of the bike I see the motor sump . It looks flat and about 8" square. If I made a wooden pad to cover sump could I lift the weight of the bike here? I wish the area was bigger than 8x8 for stability but this is the only flat surface to use. I am going back to look at the frame under the motor to see maybe I could make a pad that would lift by the frame. Any input is appreciated.

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Re: Bike lift question

Postby tunaboy » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:01 pm

I found that what works for me is a piece of 3/4" plywood on the top of the lift works best. I lifted under the pipes and tried the lift with the center stand and the side stand. The side stand with a piece of plywood under it to have the bike more vertical worked best. First lift was a little scary but went OK. I plan to tap a hole in each leg to take some of the wiggle out. This should make all the updates easier.

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Re: Bike lift question

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:30 pm

I have the same problem on my wife's bike with my lift, I have to use a pair of 4x4 blocks to get it to lift it by the frame. My 1100 you could lift with the rear part of the lift on the exhaust and the front on the frame, without a problem.

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Re: Bike lift question

Postby tunaboy » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:46 pm

Thanks but the exhaust on my 1100 covers the frame. I don't see how a 4x4 would work. I had thought about lifting on the sump. Please explain, I don't want to damage my bike.

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Re: Bike lift question

Postby tunaboy » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:25 am

The thing that confused me was the how to tab on lifting your bike says that jacking your bike under the pipes is OK. Short of jacking under the sump I don't see how you could lift the bike without jacking on the pipes. Jacking under the sump may be OK but the smaller contact area would make the bike more tip prone.

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Re: Bike lift question

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:28 pm

tunaboy wrote:The thing that confused me was the how to tab on lifting your bike says that jacking your bike under the pipes is OK. Short of jacking under the sump I don't see how you could lift the bike without jacking on the pipes. Jacking under the sump may be OK but the smaller contact area would make the bike more tip prone.


OK, let me clarify. On the 1100, you can lift with the front part of the lift on the frame, and the back part of the lfit on the exhaust. I did that many times. I would not use a lift that can only lift the bike by the exhaust, particuarly if the exhaust is not in good shape.




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