Jacking the front of a Trike


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Jacking the front of a Trike

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I have a 2010 Goldwing with a Motortrike conversion with splash shields. I would like to lift the front so I can spin the tire. Can someone tell me were it is safe to place a pan jack to lift. I have been told it is NOT safe to jack on the engine case. Just don't want to create damage. Thanks for your input. Pictures/Video helpful.


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Re: Jacking the front of a Trike

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When I jack up mine and I have the side shields also, I jack it up centered on the engine case making sure the jack is centered on the seam ansd clear of the supports for the shields. I usually use an ATV jack for lifting. Ive used a scissor jack in a pinch and once in a blue moon a regular 3 ton jack.Putting her up in the air when doing the front wheel or bleeding brakes and clutch makes it a lot easier on these old bones.
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Re: Jacking the front of a Trike

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I used to think; "oh, it's fine to jack on the engine case, it's metal, it can take it" - until the day that I got to see what the INSIDE of the engine case looked like. That thing is made of extremely thin aluminum, with ZERO reinforcement inside (it doesn't need it, for what it's made to do). By lifting the bike by the case, you're putting hundreds of pounds of weight concentrated in a small area of that case. Not a great idea.

I put small pieces of wood along the frame on either side of the case and jack up using those, transferring all the weight of the bike into the frame, rather than the engine case.

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I find usually using an ATV jack works the best because you can support all the way across. Having a trike with aquashields makes it a little more difficult because of the supports that run under the trike. In a pinch Ive used the other jacks. If you just want to spin the wheel Harbor Freight makes a wheel cleaner with rollers you can put the front wheel on.
https://www.harborfreight.com/motorcycl ... 98800.html
I would paste a picture but for some odd reason I have more difficulty with this forum than others.
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I have a 2007 Trike with the Lehmann Kit. I recently purchase this jack to lift the front end so I could change out the steering stem. It worked great and price is reasonable. Good Luck...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09CD ... =UTF8&th=1

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Ghostman wrote: Tue May 03, 2022 12:37 pm I would paste a picture but for some odd reason I have more difficulty with this forum than others.


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Rambozo wrote: Tue May 03, 2022 9:13 pm
Ghostman wrote: Tue May 03, 2022 12:37 pm I would paste a picture but for some odd reason I have more difficulty with this forum than others.




Search Amazon for motorcycle lifts

I have 3 of these and Yes this is the real deal Placed under the very front of the engine and you will not have any issues. I recently repaired an GL that had a dime size hold in the engine case and the metal is quite thin as mentioned. The repair as easy but still something to avoid.
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Depending on the work I either use ramps on the rears or hydraulic jackstands under the rear axle. It all comes down to what you want to do. If youre doing the work yourself ,buy some good jackstands and dependable and safe jacks to work.


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