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post #1 of 20 Old 03-24-2014, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle Jack

I went out and bought a motorcycle jack in hopes of using it to jack the bike up so that I can change the rear shock. I didn't know that there wasn't much of a frame under this bike . Have any of you used a motorcycle jack on your bikes.??
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Just sold one for that reason. Wont work on these bikes as they are designed. I use swingarm spools off ebay for less than ten bucks and a rear stand. If you have a way to ratchet it up from above and a swingarm stand you should be golden.
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I used a motorcycle jack on the skid plate to adjust my chain. The person that sold me my bike said he had jacked it up that way many times. Is this a good idea or not?
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As long as the skid plate and mounting points are durable enough to support the weight I would use it.
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I bought a motorcycle jack adapter from someone in VSRI. He makes them. I just can't remember who. Maybe someone will come in and post the vendor (Dan somebody, also called Cherdan), in the meantime I will try to remember who makes them. The adapter he makes lifts the bike (along with using a motorcycle lift) from the hard points that Suzuki puts there for lifting.

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Okay, Van Vesel is the name. Here is a link to his stuff on Vstom Riders International: My V-Strom Accessories - Dan Vesel

I don't see his lift adapter anymore listed in his stuff. He does list his phone number though and if you contact him he might make one for you.

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I don't remember if you have one, but an aftermarket skid plate will support the bike, no problem. The stock plastic simulated skid plate, no.

At home, I use this rear stand with spools in the swingarm -- this is one of the best I've seen. I also have their front stand, but usually it's easier to just jack up under my skid plate:
URRS05-Adjustable Rear Stand

On the road, I carry an Endurostar trail stand:
Enduro Star / Trail Stand
Yes, it's plenty strong, and works great on the Vee.

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Have any of you used a motorcycle jack on your bikes.??
Yes. I like the jack for long term winter maintenance. I wish I took a picture, but sadly, no. I inserted a long spike (14" nail, I think, through the hole located at the bottom of the engine. I then modified some 2X4s to pick up the bike by the spike. It took a bit of puzzling and I cut some grooves in the 2X4s for stability but it works, just. I then strap the bike to the jack for safety and leave it like that all winter.
https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...g-up-bike.html
Not my photos but I do it just like LucasD in that thread.

You can't change the oil or anything like that and if you have a skid plate, it probably needs to come off. It's great for major work like removing both wheels or disassembling the front or rear end completely. I like that I can lift it waaaay up to work on the valves comfortably.

On the road or to do chain maintenance? I use a 2X2 with a smaller chunk nailed to the side of it to do, effectively and free of charge, this:
Home made trail jack stand/forward foot rest - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum

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I spent a couple hours one weekend trying to make a motorcycle jack adapter out of wood blocks. I got close but had to move on to other chores before I sealed the deal. The biggest challenge I ran into was not making the adapter so tall that the jack wouldn't fit under it. With proper time, I'm sure it could be done though.

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I don't remember if you have one, but an aftermarket skid plate will support the bike, no problem. The stock plastic simulated skid plate, no.

At home, I use this rear stand with spools in the swingarm -- this is one of the best I've seen. I also have their front stand, but usually it's easier to just jack up under my skid plate:
URRS05-Adjustable Rear Stand

On the road, I carry an Endurostar trail stand:
Enduro Star / Trail Stand
Yes, it's plenty strong, and works great on the Vee.
I have a paddock stand for the bike. Didn't know if thats all I needed to do the shock change. Got all the goodies in now to change it all over to Progressive. :mrgreen:
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