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Raising the scooter to working level for an OLD back

Postby txbiker » Fri May 25, 2018 1:20 pm

Does anyone know of a method to raise the scooter to an easier working height? I have a bike lift I used to use to work on my GL1800 and when I try to lift from centerstand position it is not stabil (all weight on rear) and I am afraid it might tip my lift over when I had scooter up at a level I can work on it easily. The cross brace on my lift does not allow me to position the lift arms on both sides of the centerstand.
Really need some ideas here otherwise it will have to go to shop for all work and I cant afford their rates and question their mechanical abilities anyway.
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Re: Raising the scooter to working level for an OLD back

Postby slonaker » Fri May 25, 2018 2:13 pm

https://m.harborfreight.com/1000-lb-ste ... 69904.html

The harbor freight lift raises it by the wheels. Maybe that would be more stable? It looks like it would make a nice wor table as well.

Coupon:

http://www.hfqpdb.com/best_coupon/1000+ ... CYCLE+LIFT

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Re: Raising the scooter to working level for an OLD back

Postby jschance » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:47 am

I've got mine up on a Craftsman lift, and you're right it is hind end heavy.

I place my lifting arms right in front of the centerstand bracket and carefully lift it up to height, then strap the front end down by the handlebars.

So far, it hasn't budged on me.

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Re: Raising the scooter to working level for an OLD back

Postby Jim Wills » Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:50 pm

I had the same worries, can't bend.....My lift is a Clarke CML3 Hydraulic Lift from http://www.MachineMart.co.uk, it works well and lifts 450kg and the Helix without bother, with Helix on the lift I've given it some hammer today renewing the cvt, the lift is steady as a rock. If you've lifted a GL 1800 your lift should breeze over a much lighter Helix.

On the lift the Helix sitting on its centre stand is NOSE HEAVY, no problems have been encountered anywhere.


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Re: Raising the scooter to working level for an OLD back

Postby Chip Chester » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:32 am

So even though this thread is a year old... That lift coupon says it's valid until 9/13/19, and it's under $300.

I have a Helix that needs some work -- throttle cable, carb, etc. Also just picked up its (eventual) replacement, a Pacific Coast. So a lift looks like a reasonable investment.

Question is, how high is the lift when it's collapsed? Can my wife's Volvo wagon (non-XC) clear it to park over it?

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Re: Raising the scooter to working level for an OLD back

Postby Dan_Lockwood » Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:13 am

Chip Chester wrote:So even though this thread is a year old... That lift coupon says it's valid until 9/13/19, and it's under $300.

I have a Helix that needs some work -- throttle cable, carb, etc. Also just picked up its (eventual) replacement, a Pacific Coast. So a lift looks like a reasonable investment.

Question is, how high is the lift when it's collapsed? Can my wife's Volvo wagon (non-XC) clear it to park over it?

Chip (old new guy)


Chip,

I have one of the HF lifts like in the ad. I think with discounted I paid around $240 for mine about 12 years ago. If I were a motorcycle mechanic using it everyday up/down, I would not purchase it, but for the recreational user like I am now, it's good enough.

The old links still go to a current URL so everything is current in pricing.

As far as height when down, I highly doubt a car will go over it. An SUV with some ground clearance, maybe. I'm thinking with the side lips etc, it's gotta be in the 6" to 7" range off the floor.

I've had all three of my Harleys on it and one is over 1100#, so I'm pushing it a bit.

Some of my CVO Harley forum guys have the air over hydraulic scissor lifts and they've cut a hole in their garage floor and then poured in more concrete to make a good base for the lift. Theirs have lips on the sides, but they're downward lips, not upward. Then when down you can drive over them without any major problems. Keep in mind though that the front tire chock will have to be un-bolted if you want total over the end clearance.

Good luck with your lift purchase.
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Re: Raising the scooter to working level for an OLD back

Postby Chip Chester » Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:29 am

Thanks, Dan. I actually went to an HF store a day or two ago, and I agree with your dimensions. I'm pretty sure I'd want to migrate to air-over-hydraulic sooner rather than later, and the proprietary jack design makes that look like a challenge. Looks like it will need an external unit, rather than grafting an existing AOH jack in its place. But the drive-over thing is more of an issue, since I'm just getting close to putting the wife's new-ish ride back in the garage. That would be a no-no for sure.

Thanks again!
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