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post #1 of 20 Old 04-23-2012, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Best way to life motorcycle with my ceiling beams

So, I've bought my first house, it was build in 1983, it's a california home and it the garage has an unfinished roof. Anyway I have been looking for a good way to suspend the front/rear end of my bike in the new garage. (my old garage was built by my dad out of pilfered oilfield steel) I am looking to use a rope hoist or a chain hoist, but I'm wondering if i'm going to damage my house by picking the house up by the beams. oh this is the hoist i'm leaning towards Chain Hoist - Low Sale Prices on this 1 Ton Chain Hoist

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Don't know the size or condition of the beams, but why would you want to lift a bike like that? It will be like a pendulum, swinging about when you try to work on it. If they're typical garage beams and only made from 2x4's, I'd say don't do it.
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If its just the motorcycle then an eye lag sideways (horizontal) into the beam about 2/3 of the way up.

If in the future your going to be pulling big blocks then I would get some iron across like 3 roof beams, or joists etc., Also with metal brackets so your into it sideways not just the threads.

I use universal swing arm lift and the ratchet straps to eyes worked fine
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do you mean rafters, tie-beams, strongbacks or what?

an annotated photo would be VERY helpful

my present garage has a huge beam - no worries for me

my old garage did not - it only had 2x6 ties - so I propped them to the floor slab, prop was located nearby to the bike with a 2x4 - that way most of the bike weight went almost directly down the new 2x4 (or use 2-2x4 if worried)
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I will have to take a photo when I get home, I don't plan on lifting the entire bike just the front end for when I pull the forks, or the rear end when I change tires/shocks out.

The stuff seemed pretty structural, it definately wasn't comprised of 2X4's. as far as mounting to the beam I was just going to throw a length of chain around it and suspend the hoist from that.

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Second Motor out of a 11,000 mile bike installed december 2009.
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DL1000 rear shock.
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two tone corbin seat
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I've hung the entire bike from a pair of ceiling joists a couple of times. It's not a problem. Trusses rather than stick built overheads engineered to handle roofs outside of snow, earthquake or hurricane country may be significantly weaker but I don't think any such place exists.:mrgreen:

I used four ratchet type tie downs over the tops of the joists.

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In my basement, I've suspended 550 lbs (Kawi ZRX1100) by 4 eyebolts screwed into the bottom of 2"x8" (or 2"x10"??) wooden floorbeams above........the two front eyebolts are approximately 32" -40" apart on the same beam, same for rear. Never a problem. Using (4) tie-downs instead of a chain-fall or come-along......rachet tie-downs sound like the best to use.

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I used to use the ratched tie downs to perform this feat, but I really would love the ability to completely suspend the bike a foot or so in the air for changing the front and rear tires simultaneously... of course it will require a guide line to keep it from spinning around since it's suspended from a single point.

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Second Motor out of a 11,000 mile bike installed december 2009.
[B]TOTAL MILEAGE 130,000 miles. [/B]
55 watt ddm tuning hid.
sonic springs 1.0
DL1000 rear shock.
SHAD SH37 trunk
two tone corbin seat
12v accessory socket
givi windshield, custom hack saw black summer fly screen.
beltronics rx67 pro radar detector (hard wired)
garmin CAR GPS.
smoked tail light and turn signals.
Scorpion carbon fiber exhaust.
Faux carbon fiber accents. 3M DINOC.
GSXR 750 Tokico 4 piston calipers with svracingparts adapters.
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I have a chain hoist to use for that very need should it arise. I used a nylon rope hoist to hold the roof of my CJ-6 jeep out of the way. It was hooked to the top cross piece of the roof. I've also used a tie down strap wrapped around a rafter to lift a bike.
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Just had my Wee suspended from 4 ratcheting tie downs this weekend. Two attached to the crash guards and two to the rear factory rack. Comes out to what, 110 lbs each? Attached to the 2x4 garage rafter/joists by just looping tem over. No problem.

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