DIY Motorcycle Lift

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Ricardo Kuhn, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Ground the weld boogers down on the table and filled in a couple grinder marks with the MIG. Sanded the whole top down using a 7" Metabo grinder. Got some newfound respect for a grinder that big. Sanding too close to the edge and it caught. Took another guy helping me to get the jacket off. Amazingly I didn't even have a scratch.

    Wiped down with acetone and taped it off. Shot with gloss smoke gray Rustoleum.

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    I got the motor rewired to 230V. Ordered the motor contactor, control transformer, raise/lower switch. Should be functional by next week
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  2. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    This^^. I don't have open rafters either.. changing oil, brakes, chains, or anything below the tank line is easier on a lift. The lift becomes a bench for parts and tools whether the bike is on it or not, and many lifts have wheels so one can push the lift with bike attached in the corner if not being used.
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  3. FatBob

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  4. vanislejay

    vanislejay Been here awhile

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    I've been wary of the scissor lift design, because the support footprint at the floor gets narrower as the lift gets higher. However, I like the scissor because the table goes straight up and down rather than moving forward like the two rotating leg design. I actually contemplated doing a double scissor which would handle the footprint problem, but creates way more points of failure, requires more space and weight and unnecessary complexity.

    But looking at the pictures of the Porsche up on that scissor lift table pretty much sold me on the scissor. If it can support a Porsche and not be tippy, it can handle a bike.
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  5. kenstone

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    I had ruled out the scissor design too, much for the same reasons.
    That and unlike the common table design having the edge turned up, the scissor tables seem to have the edges turned down.
    Turned up puts the edge under tension when weighted, turned down puts the edge into compression.

    I have seen pics of a scissor table folded down from the weight of a trike, probably overloaded, but failed.
    That and the rollers that spread the arms apart to raise the scissor, get closer the the pivots, and need more and more force to raise the table higher.
    I could be wrong here, and have never seen a scissor table in person or in a vid.

    Even with a DIY "rotating arm" design, if you have to buy a big $200 floor jack to raise it, you'll have 65% of the cost of a HF table just in the jack:huh
    If I was building a lift I'd be looking into using a winch or trailer jack rather than a floor jack.
    jmo, Ken
    edit: most parallel arm type lifts I've seen, with the chock end considered the front, actually move BACK when raised, centering the weight/load over the base foot print.
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  6. arcanum

    arcanum Been here awhile

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    I looked at the links you provided, Sailah, and could not find any more units at that size and price. or really anything close to it. I live in SW ohio,but would consider the 4 hour drive to get one.

    Any Ideas?? Or was your deal a once in a lifetime event?
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  7. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    That frame and inner base, even the piston/reservoir/motor set up look an awful lot like mine. Maybe I finally have a hint as to my lift's family history :lol3
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  8. sailah

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    They had a bunch of them but I think I got the last one, based on the sold tags. There were other hydraulic tables but they were missing the tops or something. If you had a cheapo top that might work. But I'd just monitor the site and also put in a call to them And let them know you are looking for one. Based on what I paid I suspect you want to wait for a complete one and jump on it.not worth buying steel and making a to with how well these are designed.

    I did have to buy a motor contractor, control transformer to power the unit though but that was $75. & a switch and some wire. Maybe $400 total.
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  9. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Got the lift over to my place. Major pucker factor getting it out of the truck down some ramps. Wired it temporarily to the VFD powering my drill press, but have the parts on order to make it permanent.

    It is flipping sweet. Push button up and down, 2500# lift capacity, 36x72 table I'll have maybe $400 into this by the time I am done.

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  10. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Very nice.. but the whole time I was thinkin, man you really need to clean your garage. Just sayin
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  11. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Dude thats as clean as it gets:lol3

    And I have three bikes out of there vs normal. For a one car garage I don't think you could pack anymore crap in there
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  12. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    You shamed me:D This is really as clean as it ever gets.

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  13. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Oh that looks fun !
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  14. Ni3ous

    Ni3ous Double Axle Rider

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    I am looking for some kind of bike lift, to make on my own, and now I found this.

    Man this bike lift is simple, light, does not take much space when not needed, not to heavy to move, cheap and easy to make one....
    ... brilliant, brilliant!

    I just made a list of material, tomorrow I will get what I need and build it by the end of this week.

    Thank you very much for this!

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  15. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Omnia mea mecum porto

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    Keep in mind that the CG will change as parts are removed or added.
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  16. arcanum

    arcanum Been here awhile

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    It would be awesome to see you take a few pictures of a step by step loading of a motorcycle. If that is too difficult for what you have going on in the shop right now, might I suggest that you strap a bicycle to the outriggers and just show the bike being used in the lift procedure. Pictures being worth 1000 words and all that.

    I was gonna modify another tool for placing a bike on a table,but your solution looks much easier. Kudos.
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  17. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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  18. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    It is:D

    On the other hand of not so fun...:puke1 It started off as a simple valve check then I lost a half ball bearing stupid ass Husqvarna shim down the cam chain hole and well one thing led to another...

    The lift table is making it almost enjoyable. Almost.:wink:

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  19. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Your timing chain is beefy, impressed. (I own shit Suzuki's)
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  20. arcanum

    arcanum Been here awhile

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    Well, OK, I will be looking forward to that.
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