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Wooden Motorcycle lift/stand

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I don't have any welding tools but lots of wood tools.

I need a rear/front lift for my motorcycle to do wheel work.

Has anyone ever built one from wood?:scooter:


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Years ago I did. I now have one of those airlifts like they use in the shops and a smaller one with a bottle jack that lifts the bike under the engine. The wooden one was built out of 2x lumber and 3/4" plywood. It's almost like you are building the frame work for a coffin shaped box. Except on the top you build the framing so it starts from the front level for about the first third, then it angle downward toward the rear. The top is made out of the 3/4" ply over a 2x frame to stiffen it. It is all in one piece. Then you hinge it at the point of the angle on top where your main framing went from level to angling downhill. You have to make an end piece that attaches to your top section at the very rear. Picture this now how it works once assembled: Take the endflap and fold it out so it is inline with the top. If the top is hinged in the correct place, the whole top will tilt up in the front and form a ramp. Roll the bike up the ramp. When it meets the balance point it should lay back down and be level. Kick the flap in so it forms the rest of the box shape and holds the top from tilting back down. the flap should have some kind of catch to secure it in place. When this thing is done, it should be somewhat heavy. This way it doesn't move on it's own. Put a cleat on the front of the top so it acts as a wheelchock for the front wheel. Add a couple of stout eyebolts on the front corners so you can use tiedowns to secure the bike. Now if you want to take the wheels off and the bike doesn't have a centerstand, you will have to build an additional piece to lift the bike at the center under the motor. Wooded frame box with a bottle jack and some ingenuity should get you lifted. Now you see why I have the metal ones. Hope this helps,
Mike Hawkins:scooter:
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That's basically what I was trying to describe above. The only difference is the angles on the red sides match the angle of the ramp when the ramp is down. Where the pivot point of the ramp is, is where the angle started. That way the sides don't stick up and get in your way when you are running a heavy bike up on it.
Mike Hawkins;)
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