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    anyone here make there own lift..im starting to collect material to build one..going to do it on the cheap.a buddy made one back in school and its been working fine for years so im going to copy and tweak his design to fit my needs.
    wondering if anyone has pics of their homemade lifts.. id like to see others before i start..dont want a wide table.,but want the bike up high without using a regular bike jack which i have .
    lets see them lifts
    Last edited by colonelangus; 07-20-2010, 02:41 PM.
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    If you mean a lever that you move to lift the rear, you can make one from exhaust tubing. However, at $80 from Sears, I'd rather spend a tad more on a lift then take a chance of saving money, and dropping a $15K + motorcycle.

    Cheap is good, but I draw the line at "cheap", vs taking a chance.

    $80 for a hydraulic lift is less then your deductable in the event of a claim. Not to mention the "Awww FUK!!" factor.....

    This type of jack is as cheap as it gets. I'd also never use one as the leverage/force is running through the grain of the wood, when force is applied to the bar. Granted, this one is made from 2 plies of wood, but again: You get what you pay for.

    I've made these out of exhaust tubing though, and welded all the joints.

    Last edited by Dave63; 07-20-2010, 03:09 PM.
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      What He said.
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        X 3..

        hey.. did you ever hook up with the people I gave you the addy for??
        the Maple Ridge crew???
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          Originally posted by Hot Yoga View Post
          X 3..

          hey.. did you ever hook up with the people I gave you the addy for??
          the Maple Ridge crew???
          lots of fun
          Is it possible to keep a thread on track without hijacking it, or going off on another path??? Send him a PM for this............
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          • #6
            Here is another idea but I would secure it (weld) to the bottom of a 18 x 18 metal plate of some sort.

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            • #7
              I use an air lift, I would not risk something failing and dropping my bike. Just my .02.
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              • #8
                i have used one similar to what Dave described.. the welded kind and it worked out ok.. i prefer my sears lift.. for the money it cant be beat.. but if space or money is an issue and you can weld i would make one like Dave described
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                • #9
                  i use a a sears atv lift on all my stuff ! although getting the harley on it is a biatch,because it has so low of ground clearance! right now i have my vintage motocrosser up on it !!
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                  • #10
                    That scissors jack looks cool, but leaves little to stability for forward/backward movement, in the event of changing a tire.

                    If you've ever changed your own tires, you have a tendency to push/pull the bike a bit, and the last thing you want is a bike falling, while you;re sitting behind it, holding an unattached wheel.......
                    **Note: The technical info I provide is suggestive. I am not a perfeshunel.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dave63 View Post
                      That scissors jack looks cool, but leaves little to stability for forward/backward movement, in the event of changing a tire.

                      If you've ever changed your own tires, you have a tendency to push/pull the bike a bit, and the last thing you want is a bike falling, while you;re sitting behind it, holding an unattached wheel.......
                      Even worse if you have something with a long fender like an EG or Fatboy or Heritage Softail, you gotta jack that thing way up high on my air lift, wish I had the drop out for the rear tire!
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                      • #12
                        A buddy of mine has the one from Harbor Freight I believe it was $69.00. I used it on my bike when I changed out my bars it was very sturdy, I will be buying one of my own soon. The only drawback to it was that it is kind of a tight fit to get it under the bike since its been lowered but thats my own fault :)


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                        • #13
                          i lowered my bike.. the way around that is .. roll your bike up on a 2 X 6 to give the clearance.. and put a small piece under the stand...
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                            Originally posted by doublej View Post
                            The only drawback to it was that it is kind of a tight fit to get it under the bike since its been lowered but thats my own fault ...
                            Yeah....I noticed that with mine too. I can weasel it in, but standing it up a little as I place the jack under usually works enough. I just have to be careful with a jack, because the Dyna has an aluminum oil pan, who;s drain bolt hangs lower then the frame rails.... lifting on the bolt can crack the pan.

                            Don't ask me how I know.
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                            • #15
                              that doesnt sound good
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