DIY Motorcycle Lift

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

  1. Ni3ous

    Ni3ous Double Axle Rider

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    I am back...
    I bought the material I needed and spent 20€, far cheapest and fine working motorcycle lift!

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    Thanks Ricardo!
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  2. award900

    award900 Been here awhile

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    I too have used the ratchet strap. Problem is not lifting, it's the lowering. Most straps I've seen fully release with just one click. Not a big deal just off the ground. For suspension work I raise bike with HF lift, hang from rafters, then lower lift. My only problem with the harbor freight has been removing the rear wheel on my Concours. Once on the centerstand, the bike has moved back on the lift just enough to be a bit ch to drop the wheel through the opening. Still easier than no lift.
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  3. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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  4. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Just in case anyone was looking for a full hydraulic lift table like the one I have...


    Looks like they have 2. The length is perfect mine is 72" long and 36" wide. It could easily be narrower but I like the extra width for tools etc. these also appear to be single phase 115v and already have the nice foot switches.

    4500# capacity too:deal

    Once you have a full hydro table everything else is a toy.


    http://www.hgrinc.com/buyOurs/inven..._num=01140940006&itemName=BISHAMON+LIFT+TABLE
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  5. T!Mster

    T!Mster Lets Ride!!

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    This is what I have been up to the last few days….

    I took one of these:
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    Added some steel and plywood and made one of these:
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    And then I did some work on my workbench to make it fit underneath. I didn't want a Harbor Freight lift taking up room in my already cluttered garage. The HF lift collapsed height was too high and I didn't want to rebuilt the entire bench. Its was also too wide and would have stuck out. I made mine 22" wide to accommodate my Pit Bull stand and yet still be entirely under the table.
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  6. Hybridchemistry

    Hybridchemistry ...

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    Looks great! If I hadn't picked up a table a few months back, I think I would have paid someone to do that to mine. Love the storage spot too!
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  7. Patriot4570

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    That garage looks well organized and the lift is awesome.:clap
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  8. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    That's slick
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  9. GsVs

    GsVs Goin' Somewhere

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    Great idea ! :clap
    ... and I wish my Garage looked that organized ...


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  10. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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  11. arcanum

    arcanum Been here awhile

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    Well, they had a price drop. I am in the process of purchasing it. I asked a few questions,then did an online purchase. The electrical connections are just 3 wires hanging out,but they will let me wire a plug on to test it. Cheaper to drive there than to get it shipped.

    You rule,sailah
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  12. Hybridchemistry

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    I'm expecting your own write up ala sailah.

    Good deal man, good deal. :D
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  13. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    That's awesome, what a score! Be prepared for how heavy it is, mine was shorter than yours by a foot and it's all of 800#. I almost broke my tailgate trying to get it off. Think about a trailer if you have one, much easier to unload. They will load with a forklift for you there freebie.

    I would not wire anything to it at HGR. I don't know what your electrical knowledge is but it's not just 120v going to it and plug it in and the table goes up. I have the full manual as a PDF if you want to send me your email. It's a very nice manual and shows all the inner workings schematics etc.

    I don't know if yours has limit switches for up and down (mine didn't)

    Mine is 3 phase yours should be this diagram but the wiring as fairly close. In the diagram, your up/down switch does most of the work. When you press UP, it closes the contactor, turns on the pump, table goes up. Press down and it activates the down valve which is just a 115v hydraulic plunger that releases oil from the cylinder and back into the reservoir using the weight of the table to lower. There is also a needle valve that you can adjust the speed of how fast the table drops.

    You are most likely missing the up/down pendant but you can buy cheap on ebay that's what I did.

    Southworth also labels all the wires so you should be able to match up the diagram and hook it up. But I would just get it home so you can get the table in the air (AND LOCKED) and really study the wires so you don't eff anything up. Just the little drop solenoid is twice what you paid for the lift so just be patient.:wink:

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    You are going to love that table, I can't believe they sell for this cheap, so overbuilt for what we are doing is crazy. Be prepared for all your buddies wanting to "come over and work on something". That's why I leave a bike on my all the time haha.

    Mine cleaned up great with a BIG wire wheel and then just prime/paint.

    Let me know if you need help with anything.
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  14. arcanum

    arcanum Been here awhile

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    After quite a bad morning because of working too hard/long yesterday, I got a late start.
    Once I got on the road,however,it did not go too bad.I covered 427 miles in 9 hours including a 1/2 hour traffic jam and food breaks --eating one cheese sandwich and an orange The time also included about 25 minutes to get it loaded.

    The frame appears not rusted at all and the top [light rust] is probably a medium sanding and paint with Rustoleum.

    Tired but happy I am....Updates later.
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  15. Strawdog

    Strawdog Strawdog

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    Built this one a few years ago kinda copied a Snap Lift idea deck is 1/4 steel
    from steel place use consider scrap rest heavy wall square steel.

    Was able to trade 40 oz bottle of whiskey for most it. Hydraulic ram was store bought from a farm implement place.

    Last time I look at price scrap steel no way I could do it again so cheap. It gets alot use. :D

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  16. Test_rider

    Test_rider (Ultra)Sound Advisor

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    Hey, I've got one similar to that. On mine you just add a forklift :D
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  17. Test_rider

    Test_rider (Ultra)Sound Advisor

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    Nice, Strawdog. :clap
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  18. Toolferone

    Toolferone Been here awhile

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    +1!

    How high does it go?
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  19. Strawdog

    Strawdog Strawdog

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    Top deck about forty inches to highest point
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  20. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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