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I put two 2x8s together and it makes it more stable than having just one. Plus I put an old bathmat on it so the wood doesn't rub against the frame. Its simple and easy for changing the oil and other minor things. For valve adjustments and other larger jobs I put the bike up on a proper mc jack with tie downs.



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A safety lock on this device is dead easy. Just have a second hole and a piece of pipe or rod that slides in from the front after the bike is up. Thanks for the useful tip, C50TinAB. Gonna make myself one real soon.
Excellent idea. Just a thought...rather than another hole and pipe I'm wondering if after the bike is up if one couldn't just push the lift handle farther through the hole so half the pipe is on either side of the block?



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I put two 2x8s together and it makes it more stable than having just one. Plus I put an old bathmat on it so the wood doesn't rub against the frame. Its simple and easy for changing the oil and other minor things. For valve adjustments and other larger jobs I put the bike up on a proper mc jack with tie downs.
Exactly what I was thinking this would be good for - checking oil and coolant levels and doing other small jobs. Doubling it up is a good idea as well. I noticed in the video the guy beveled one side of the block. I guess that makes it easier for the bike to roll onto the wood or is it even necessary?
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Doubling it up is a good idea as well. I noticed in the video the guy beveled one side of the block. I guess that makes it easier for the bike to roll onto the wood or is it even necessary?
I think beveling the wood would reduce the overall stability. Using the bathmat makes it really easy to roll it on while adding some protection against the wood rubbing or scratching the frame.



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I've seen a few variations since posting this but haven't got around to actually building one myself. Winter has set it so it'll likely be a spring project now.
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Winter has set it so it'll likely be a spring project now.
I remember an old commercial that said "Why wait till spring ............ do it now!


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I finally got around to taking a pic.



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That is very cool!

I need something like this after I lowered the bike 2.5" because no other bike lift fits under the bike anymore
Yep' I gotta run mine up on some 2 x 4's to get the jack under it.

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I have been using mine anytime I work on my bike.

I put the break over pole all the way through the boards. Then made a fancy handle with electrical tape.



I used this lift when I lowered my bike 2 inches. After setting my bike down after installing the lowering links, I found the bolts would not go under the frame. I had to grind the old ones off and counter sink the new bolts.



I added eyelets on both sides to strap the bike down. Also added carpet so I would not scratch the frame as badly.




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Re: Inexpensive mc lift

Does look cool, but it will smash my LED's on the bottom of my frame.:confused::confused:

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Might be better off to move those LEDs to the inside of the frame rails. Still get the under glow but don't rush losing them if the bike bottoms out it when using a lift.

This 2x8 lift is a great idea for small jobs like everyone is saying. I've used one for a while now, it's a lot easier than wrestling out the bigger lift every time.
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