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post #1 of 30 Old 09-20-2013, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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bike lift "cradle"

Anyone ever had to make a cradle to lift a bike that doesn't have a lower frame (like my Monster)? a friend let me borrow his lift so I could change the fork seals, but after looking at it, I see I'd need to build some supports to get it stable without crushing the headers.

Another option would be to build a sling and use the hook and pulley I have on my garage ceiling (for my jeep hardtop), throw some ratchet straps on the bike frame and lift her that way. The hook is rated to 500lbs, and the duc only weighs 390 (stock), so I think it'd be easier to do that, but I'm wary of weird weight shifts once I pull the forks and front wheel off.

What say you guys, which one sounds like the better (as in less likely to screw my bike up) option?

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From the attic, I lag screwed pieces of flatbar to the rafters so they protrude through the ceiling a bit. Then I connected cheap harbor freight cable hoists and made loops of heavy nylon strap to wrap around the bars. Works great. Cheap too.


I use 3 points but 4 would work even better.
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Nice! Did you use anything like a rear stand to stabilize the back end?

I'm planning on lifting the whole bike, but it's good to see other options, in case I just decide I only want to worry about the front end...

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From the attic, I lag screwed pieces of flatbar to the rafters so they protrude through the ceiling a bit. Then I connected cheap harbor freight cable hoists and made loops of heavy nylon strap to wrap around the bars. Works great. Cheap too.


I use 3 points but 4 would work even better.
Nice! Looks like a wheelie trainer.

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Nice! Looks like a wheelie trainer.
Wheelie trainer is easy, turn your tip sensor around to one side they tip it to just beyond the height you want to try out. So if you go to far the motor shuts down.

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Nice! Did you use anything like a rear stand to stabilize the back end?

I'm planning on lifting the whole bike, but it's good to see other options, in case I just decide I only want to worry about the front end...
Right now I have one hoist for the back but I'm thinking about adding another.


I can easily set the bike on safety stands while tethered to the rafters for added stability.
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I prefer the 'overkill' method...

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We have a member in the the Philippines that used a ladder and ratchet straps. It was simple and effective but for life of me, can't remember his method. He posted a picture with his wheels and forks off is how I remember.

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No, are you talking about the steel bar across the center stand??

I forget his name but he has an ohlins shock and I believe it's an asphalt color 919. I want to say he used 2 ladders to lift the front of the bike.

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I just used one ladder for the front, like an a-frame. Crossed the straps for stability. Have done it seven or eight times now without issue.

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2 jack stands on the frame sides just behind the motor... And a floor jack under the exhaust... Bike in the air in 1 min...

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Jack stands under the rear, when needed. Ladder works great, is more stable than it seems it would be.
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Good ideas, all of them... When I swapped the forks out, I used jackstands under the frame sliders. Worked like a charm....

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Jack stands under the rear, when needed. Ladder works great, is more stable than it seems it would be.
I've got a Gorilla ladder too. I like it!

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Thanks guys, lots of good ideas here. Since I have the hoist and hooks in the ceiling already I'm going to give that a shot. Maybe use the jackstands for some added stability in the rear.

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Thanks guys, lots of good ideas here. Since I have the hoist and hooks in the ceiling already I'm going to give that a shot. Maybe use the jackstands for some added stability in the rear.
Just make sure your "hook" is bolted horizontally through the rafter and not just screwed in from the ceiling. At my old place I threw a chain around a rafter.
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My garage is unfinished inside, do you guys think I could just use ratcheting tie downs thrown over ceiling joists or would it be too much weight to ratchet up?

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My garage is unfinished inside, do you guys think I could just use ratcheting tie downs thrown over ceiling joists or would it be too much weight to ratchet up?

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Depends on the weight rating of the strap & the strudyness/design of the ratcheting mechanism.

Tie downs aren't mechanically designed to be used to lift something, u don't have a lot of mechanical advantage in most designs.

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My garage is unfinished inside, do you guys think I could just use ratcheting tie downs thrown over ceiling joists or would it be too much weight to ratchet up?
You'll have no way to control the bike's decent. That's one reason why I use the cable hoists.
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You'll have no way to control the bike's decent. That's one reason why I use the cable hoists.
Haha! Never even thought about that part. Good call Ken!

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Thanks for the help brain storming! I think I'll get one cable hoist and two tie downs. Once I have a project that requires getting the bike up at least.

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This one to me looks sketchy. Can't really talk since Clorox and I used the ladder method. One of the straps started loosening and we panicky hulked the bike upright.
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This one to me looks sketchy. Can't really talk since Clorox and I used the ladder method. One of the straps started loosening and we panicky hulked the bike upright.
No way that was solid... Thick bar right underneath the frame neck then running across steel saw horses.... It wasnt going anywhere...

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