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post #1 of 20 Old 10-28-2017, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle LIFT: Milk crates

I stole this idea from my ATV Club forum. Adapted same materials today to lift up my VEE to do a chain/sprocket replacement.
Worked great to lift, the sprocket-JOB..not so great
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post #2 of 20 Old 10-28-2017, 01:56 AM
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A couple years ago I got a motorcycle lift from Harbour Freight for $75, has worked just fine without any issues.

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I stole this idea from my ATV Club forum. Adapted same materials today to lift up my VEE to do a chain/sprocket replacement.
Worked great to lift, the sprocket-JOB..not so great
Nicely macgyvered.

How can you botch a sprocket job? did you forget to loosen front sprocket bolt before removing the chain? I hope the bike didn't fall off the stand when you were cranking on the bolt?
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No milk crates ? Park it in the yard and dig a hole next to it.

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Wowsers! I bet it was a "little sporty" getting it on the center stand up there.
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Wowsers! I bet it was a "little sporty" getting it on the center stand up there.
...and what goes up, must come down.

While it is certainly one way to skin a cat getting the bike up in the air only about 14 inches wouldn't be worth the effort to me. The idea of a lift/table is to get what you are working on at or around waist height.

I too have a HF lift and at full height it something like 30 inches (floor to top of platform). This puts the center of the axles at or around 40 inches AFF which is a comfortable work height.
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I wouldn't trust the plastic crates I've got. Plastic has a funny way of failing unexpectedly.
My really old steel crates though might work. I can lay on the floor and do the work.
I just sweep before I crawl around on it.
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Have a old steel crate I have used but like notacop would not trust the plastic ones. Heat more than anything can kill plastic and break apart like cheap fiber board. I have a home made push up on stand I made when drag racing in the 70s. Its been covered with stuff for last twenty years. I sure need to finish sorting the stuff from dad's before I go all so. Found a old pilot tow that I thought was like a tow bar and put it in the bed of my 37 truck. Was not at a cruise in over a hour till a 90 year old man came by and told me all about them. Really you used two. Jaw's that clamp down on each end with a swivel in middle. The old 30s back bumpers they fit nice. Trouble was with a long haul the bolts in the bumpers them selves would come through.Only sold a few years he told me.Love the old stuff and finding out how it worked.
The old motorcycles and even not so old air heads with so much out in site I really like.
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