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post #1 of 10 Old 01-06-2018, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Cheap bike lift

I didn't want to have to spend the money for the factory center stand for my 2018 DL1000XT just so I could remove the rear rim, service the shock linkage, R&R the shock and grease the swingarm pivot bearings. Whats nice about removing the rear rim is I can lift it up just enough that the axle slides out, and when installing the rim with a new tire I can just as easily adjust the height so that the axle can slide in without having to hold the rim and tire in position.

So I scissor lift off of Amazon for $42 shipped and machined up some lifting brackets out of 1/4" CRS bar and 3/16" angle iron, which bolt to the top of the scissor lift. I also machined up some custom aluminum spools that bolt to each side of the frame using the factory center stand mounting holes. To use it all I have to is roll the bike into my free-standing front wheel chock, then slid the scissor lift underneath the bike and align the vertical bars to the spools and then raise the scissor lift up.

I used the same scissor lift for a custom front lift I made for my 2013 FJR1300.





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I have reached the point that it's difficult to get my Wee up on the main stand. And of course I've lowered the bike, making it even more difficult. I can do it by myself but it sure is nice to have help.
This looks like a good place to start.

Can you tell me what the scissor jack item number is on Amazon. They have several scissor jacks that look like the one you have?

Nice job!

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That looks like some nice work, and very effective. There are a lot of ways to lift a bike, and that looks really clean. It sounds like you did the machine work yourself. For anyone without access to a machine shop, that might be more expensive than a center stand.

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That looks like some nice work, and very effective. There are a lot of ways to lift a bike, and that looks really clean. It sounds like you did the machine work yourself. For anyone without access to a machine shop, that might be more expensive than a center stand.

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I did do all of the fabrication as I have my own machine shop.

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Nice job and so nice not to tie up garage space for a lift too.

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I did do all of the fabrication as I have my own machine shop.
Can you tell what the item # is on Amazon? They have several that are similar and want to make sure I get the correct scissor jack.
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I have reached the point that it's difficult to get my Wee up on the main stand. And of course I've lowered the bike, making it even more difficult. I can do it by myself but it sure is nice to have help.
This looks like a good place to start.

Can you tell me what the scissor jack item number is on Amazon. They have several scissor jacks that look like the one you have?

Nice job!
It looks if it had a center stand that it might be in the way???
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Can you tell what the item # is on Amazon? They have several that are similar and want to make sure I get the correct scissor jack.
Looks like this one:
http://amzn.to/2CDQ4nS
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The price fluctuates a little on these scissor lifts as I paid $41.99 for the last one I bought on 11/30/17 and now it's $44.95, and the one I bought in March of 2016 on Amazon for the lift I made for my FJR which I paid $49.99 for is now $55.95. So I've found it pays to check both eBay and Amazon to find the cheapest price, but they are all the same.

Here's the link to the place I bought my last one from on eBay
https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-1100-LB...53.m2749.l2649

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If it catches on, you could make a "kit" of fabricated parts to sell. I believe more than one of the vendors here may have started that way. Of course, then you'd have a lifetime of expected free support.

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