Homemade Motorcycle Jack or Lift

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Homemade Motorcycle Jack or Lift
Repairing your motorcycle can be made much easier with a motorcycle lift. (motorcycle image by Bionic Media from Fotolia.com)

Homemade motorcycle lifts save owners time, money, muscle cramps and back pain. By elevating the motorcycle 12 to 24 inches off the ground, maintenance can be done from a natural standing position. This is a wooden bike lift that can be altered, depending on the bike. You do not need to be a carpenter to be able to build this motorcycle lift, but some knowledge about woodworking could come in handy.

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Things you need

  • Power saw
  • Electric drill
  • Tape measure
  • 1-inch paddle bit
  • 3/16-inch wood drill bit
  • Small pipe wrench
  • 2-by-8-inch pine lumber, 6 feet long
  • 4-by-1-inch galvanised pipe
  • 1-inch galvanised pipe flange (with hardware)
  • 36-by-7 1/2-inch plywood
  • 10 flat head screws, 3 inches long
  • Hammer
  • Straight edge
  • 2 nails, 3 1/4 inches long

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  1. 1

    Use a straight edge saw to split a 6-foot-long 2-by-8 in two, making two pieces that are 3 feet long.

  2. 2

    Lay a 36-by-7 1/2-inch sheet of plywood on one of the 3-foot pieces and put the second 3-foot 2-by-8 on top of the plywood, creating a 2-by-8 sandwich with plywood in the middle. Make sure that the ends are flush and that no plywood is sticking out. The next step is to screw all of this together, so it's a good idea to tack all these pieces together with nails.

  3. 3

    Stagger holes up and down the length of the 2-by-8 with a drill, making sure not to get too close to the top or bottom and not to put a hole right in the middle.

  4. 4

    Find the centre of the 2-by-8's length and measure 3-1/2 inches from the side of the 2-by-8 mark it with an X or a dot. Drill a hole and make sure you go in straight.

  5. 5

    Insert a pipe flange and countersink in the hole marking drill holes. When pre-drilling flange holes make sure you drill in at a 20 to 30 degree angle away from the hole to prevent shiners.

  6. 6

    Tap a 3/4-inch pipe into the 1-inch hole until it reaches the flange and tighten it with a pipe wrench.

  7. 7

    Insert the lift somewhere beneath the motorcycle's engine. Make sure you're not going to put pressure on something you shouldn't and make sure that the ground is level. Hold your bike upright with your left hand leaving the kickstand extended outward.

Tips and warnings

  • Staple some leftover carpet to the top if the 3-1/2-inch side so you won't scratch or remove paint from your bike.

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