Homemade jack for under 20 bucks (12/12/2010)
by: John (axidjw)
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- 1 2X4
- 2 cinder blocks
- Thats it!!
We all know our frame sits below the engine like most honda bikes(we have found this out the hard way or we have been told by those who found out the hard way)...haha
I needed to take front end off so i asked pete do i need to go out and buy a jack and then make me a adapter..
petes an old schooler btw for those who dont know him..he said: oh no here what you do..
Park the bike like you normally do..if your bike is slammed or lowered in any way cut a couple pieces of 2X4 about 3 long and put them in front of the front and back wheel and drive up on them and then kick the kickstand out.
Put one cinder block on the exhaust side about 1 1/2 to 2 feet away from the bike almost at the beginning of the back wheel and then slide the 2X4 under the bike(it doesnt need to be especially long-3 feet will suffice but longer is better-just dont use a whole 2X4..) when you put it under the bike point it at the back of the foot of the kickstand and then back about 2-3 inches(doesnt have to be exact.)
Get you a scissor jack(almost all of us have one if you got a little car-or go buy one(there like $10 at harbor freight)
put it under the 2X4 in a little near the bike and jack the 2X4 up.go slowly at first so the bike doesnt tip over(although in the 100 times i have done it-its been stable as a rock...you will notice that where the location of the 2X4 is under the bike that it only hits the tube frame and not the engine..once you jack it up high enough put the other cinder block under the 2X4 end and lower it unto the cinder block, remove the scissor jack and woila done. I have done front end work and rear end work, changed out shocks and everything and once you do this 1 or 2 it takes every bit of 30 seconds to do this and it costs nothing..i had this stuff laying around the house and it cost me nothing..
Not as fancy as a real lift but you actually have more coverage with teh 2X4(or about the same)..could probably use a 2X6 for more but you can strap it down using the empty spaces of the cinder blocks if it makes you uneasy but in reality go push a bike on a lift on its side and it feels like it wants to tip over..with the 2X4 method it doesnt becasue you have more side to side coverage than a lift.
Sorry it took so long..you know life sometimes..haha
Ignore the 2X6's at teh rear and front wheel(need that jsut to get the 2" clearance for the board..haha
The parts you will need..
The right side...
The left side...
The left side up...
Right side under from across the left side...
Left side under(right behind oil filter)...
Left side up...
Right side up...
Just reverse to get back on the ground..
If you want to get the front of the bike off the ground you start on the right side with the 2X6 near the front and angle the other side near the back tire instead of the kickstand and it will jack the front up. If you want to the whole bike then you will have to put the board straight across-right behind the oil pan and i use (2) 2X6 cut into 6" square to go under the frame(like the adapter you have to make for jack stands to fit our bike but much smaller and just square blocks-nailed to the 2X6..simple)
So there you have it..not the prettiest thing in the world and the board was twice as long as it needed but it shows you the simplicity and you dont need to get a lift..Be sure to always put your bike in gear too(lowering the back end without it in gear will cause the bike to maybe roll forward