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post #1 of 18 Old 08-25-2012, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle jacks with the vstrom

I just bought a cheapie harbor freight motorcycle jack (yellow painted craftsman lift) for my project bonneville. I'd like to see if anyone has come up with a penny-tech solution for using such a jack with the 'strom. I know that Dan Vessel has a solution, but checking to see if anyone else has come up with something.


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Those jacks are designed for bikes with perimeter frames that provide a flat "plane" across the bottom for the lifting bars to hit. VStroms don't have that, so that jack style is really not a good choice for them.

Years ago somebody posted a setup they'd made out of 2X4s that seemed to work, but it looked like a kludge to me. I suggest exchanging your lift for a rear axle stand (HF has them) and a scissor or hydraulic jack that you put under the engine cases to lift the front.

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Had one, most useless item I bought sofar. Ended up getting a few spools and a swingarm centerstand. Stand I got from Harbor Freight.
Later on I got centerstands for the bikes from Murphy's Kit.

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Actually have centerstand & floor jack. Most of the time I use jack stands under the motech crash bars, but I mainly got the lift for my triumph. Just wondering if someone else had home brewed something...


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I will sometimes use my rafters or a ladder and straps to hold the front up. A come-along would be great to lift it easier

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The only thing I have to offer as far as getting the front end lifted....and this applies only if you have a garage/shop etc. I drilled 2 pilot hole into 2 rafters and screwed in two eye bolts(9/16" I think) spaced far enough apart that I could use tie-downs attached to soft-ties on the handlebars. After putting the bike on the centerstand, I can use enough force on the tie downs to rock the bike back onto the rear wheel thereby lifting the front wheel slightly. To get even more lift, I roll the bike up onto two 4 foot sections of 2X8 with the centerstand coming down on the frront board and then sliding the rear board out of the way. This allows me to fulcrum the bike further back lifting the front end even more than on the flat floor.

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lifting front tire

i made an adjustable prop from an old adjustable aluminum crutch

bought a pair of them @ a garage sale for $2

took the lower center section out of the crutch by drilling the rivet heads off w/ a 1/4" drill, being careful not to damage the aluminum crutch tubing

took a 1/2 round wood rasp & notched the top of the outer tube, just enough to center under my crash bar & not too much that the rubbed cap wouldn't still fit in the top

i kept the bottom rubber crutch tip in tact to keep the prop from slipping on a smooth surface or i can remove it if i'm on a hard dirt surface that needs a "bite"

i ended up by cutting the tubes to lengths that would allow me to use it in the front, under the crash bar & under the right rear axle bolt/nut/spool for chain maintenance, as well as rear tire servicing/changing

the assembled unit fits in my tail bag, taking up next to no space & weighing very little, like just a few ounces...

the range of my unit is from just under 15" to almost 23"

you can cut the length of yours to taste & even drill extra holes to make the length bike/job specific

when i use this adjustable prop, in conjunction w/ the center stand, working on the bike becomes a lot easier/more convenient

just an ole cheapsteak's engineering

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Just use a centerstand. Problem solved.
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