DIY Motorcycle Lift

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

  1. Parepin

    Parepin The Filthy Nomad

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    My buddy asked that I post some photos of a lift I slapped together last summer. I think I found a photo of something similar online and just kind of reverse engineered it. It uses a harbor freight car jack to do the magic.
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  2. Salsa

    Salsa Been here awhile

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    Looks very nice.

    I see more of the floor jack in the last picture, but I can not see how it gets the leverage to go that high or what it jacks on.

    Don
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    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    Amish much?:lol3
  4. Parepin

    Parepin The Filthy Nomad

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    I'll take a video this evening showing the workings

    Need lift. Have lumber.
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  5. Parepin

    Parepin The Filthy Nomad

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  7. Salsa

    Salsa Been here awhile

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    Clever, but I did not want you to work so hard !!!!!

    Did you use CAD or old fashioned Brains to work out the geometry?

    Good Job

    Don
  8. Parepin

    Parepin The Filthy Nomad

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    Trial and error only, no cad . The first two tore themselves apart. It's crude, made of rough sawn, and creaks like an old picnic table, but it gets the job done. It also weighs a fraction of the steel ones so i have no problem tossing it into the back of the truck to go work on a buddies bike.
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  9. Salsa

    Salsa Been here awhile

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    In my case, the trouble with trial and error is mine is mostly error.

    Oh well, I never learn anything if everything goes right the first time.

    Don
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  10. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 Old, slow, fat guy just riding around.

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    Question for the group, how high is your Lift? 24" - 30" Never used one, I need one so looking to see about building or buying the HF one for $279.

    Thanks
  11. Skrach

    Skrach n00b

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    I built this over the weekend. I already own a set of 5000lb QuickJacks car lifts and had a Condor wheel chock. I was going to go with the Harbor "Fright" lift after seeing how well it performs for the price. My problem with it is that is is so damn heavy and would take up too much space in my one car condo garage. This gets the table height to about 40 inches. The bike almost hits the ceiling

    I started looking at them thinking I could make something work. It is very stable. They are stacked. Bought some 11/16 steel rod that fits through the pivot points on the lift. 20mm nuts are welded to plates to connect the rods to the plywood deck and for feet on the outriggers.

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