Re: Proper lift mounting procedure
The lift I bought had a very poor front clamp with it so I mounted a good wheel chock on it. Because of this, I need to run the bike all the way into the chock so it holds the bike. Then I can place straps on the front cross member and secure it into the chock so it doesn't fall. After that, I can jack up the rear of the bike from under the skid plate and deploy the CS then lower it down and then strap the CS so it can't collapse back down until i have the rear supported and the CS is ready to be removed. Do not use the handle bars to strap down the bike. they are not strong enough and will bend. Also, remember that as you jack up the rear of the bike, the angle on the front straps changes so you will need to loosen and tighten them as it goes up and back down to maintain proper tightness. I found that the engine itself is a poor place to try and jack from to raise the rear as it is too far forward to lift the rear tire. Place a cross support as far back on the skid plate as you can and will still be able to deploy the CS.
If yours is a clamp from the sides, you will need to figure out if the CS can be deployed and still have the tire in proper clamping position, otherwise, you will need to clamp, strap and then jack up the rear to deploy. You will notice a board under my CS. That is because my chock raises the front wheel off the lift so I needed some compensation or the rear wheel would not be in the air under those circumstances.
Remember, it is an 833 LB beast and it will fall easily if not supported properly. Make sure it is centered. Be aware if you try and go too far forward on the lift, it may tilt forward depending on the lift. The center of gravity moves backward as you raise it so it is a balancing act while at its lowest point and if you move too far to the edge, it may be enough to go past the tipping point. It was on mine before I mounted the chock which prevents that.
This is just information from my experience and there is more than one way to skin this cat. Be careful is the most important thing.
Sugar Hill, GA
2001 K1200LTI – Champagne (current ride) Lazy Susan
1998 R1100RT – Never should have sold it
1974 Yamaha TX 750 Twin. Omni Phase Balanced
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