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post #1 of 5 Old 04-22-2006, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Another way to jack up the Wee

If you have a reasonably strong beam above your Wee, a come-along rig, and a dirt bike tie down strap you might consider raising the bike from the top end with a strap around the Wee's handlebars. I did this and it is very stable, even with the front wheel and forks off. The come-along is great, a one handed operation. I think it cost me $20 a few years ago. Definitely beats the instability of a jack under this beast.

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I've used a similar approach on my ZR but I looped the strap under the frame junction in front of the tank. I was worried about the bar clamps supporting the weight.

I think I'm going to fire my welder up and see if I can make a special plate for my floor jack that will hit the right spots on the DL's underside.

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-23-2006, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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No mar straps

While poking around walmart this afternoon I picked up a set of no-mar ties down straps for $1.98. Supposed to be good up to 2000 lbs. These will make lifting with the come-along even easier and more stable. Should make chain cleaning and oiling a snap too if I can hike the rear end.

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Tie down straps with an I beam worked really well for me. I have a large I beam in the center of the garage. I used 4 of those tied down straps that have the ratcheting tension device for tightening. The hooks on both ends have an additional loop where the strap attaches to the hook. The I beam has a flat bottom so I put the hooks over the sides and laced the strap through the opposing hooks loop. This caused the two hooks to pull in towards each other with downward tension. I then crossed the straps back to the same side as its hook and attached them to the bike. I used the ratchet tension device to lift the bike off the ground. Having two of them gave me a surprising level of control on the lift.

I was putting on lowering links so I wanted the bike upright but still with some weight on the front end. I got the bike upright and change the links. I used a wood shim to raise the rear wheel once I had the links off. Keeping the weight on the front and rear stopped the bike from rocking when I was spinning wrenches.

Worked great and the price was cheaper than gas!

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Here's my trick that I tried last night on my first chain cleaning/lube. I read this on a forum a while back, so I don't want to take full credit for this. Might have been here, not sure. :?

Anyway, I used a floor jack and positioned it under the rear shock linkage. I put a short piece of 2x4 under the kickstand, which made it more vertical. Oh, before I did this, I took a bungee strap and and secured the front brake to stop any rolling. Jacked it up enough for the wheel to roll and VOILA! 8)

Another thing I did to make things more tidy was that I took some cardboard I had laying around in the garage and cut a piece to fit between the lower portion of the chain and the wheel to keep the WD and lube from messing up the wheel. Also put some under the rear of the bike to keep the floor clean. Worked really good and bike was stable the whole time. I still might buy a Shermworks stand or something. MAYBE. :wink:

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