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DIY project
« on: April 07, 2019, 09:13:58 AM »

Well the build is on making a table lift for the bike, you could call this stage 1.

I've been looking at the lifts then thought hell I could make one so it begins.  I did check first with my insurance first though I asked the Q,....."if I was to be working on my bike off the lift table and it fell off would I be covered" they put me on hold and came back with a yes I would.

   I'll add more pic as it progresses,       I'm not busting my chops on it
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2019, 09:27:42 AM »

I like your idea.  Looking forward to seeing progress.  :2vrolijk_21:
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2019, 04:59:41 PM »

Well the build is on making a table lift for the bike, you could call this stage 1.

I've been looking at the lifts then thought hell I could make one so it begins.  I did check first with my insurance first though I asked the Q,....."if I was to be working on my bike off the lift table and it fell off would I be covered" they put me on hold and came back with a yes I would.

   I'll add more pic as it progresses,       I'm not busting my chops on it

I would add a cross plate at the point of the forward casters on the floor jack.  The plate should be welded to the lower main frame of the lift assembly.  This way you'll be lifting, or spreading between two points on the lift, not the floor and the lift.  Without the cross plate you're really only then supporting the weight of the lift/bike on the jack lift pad and it could tip.

Just one more piece of 1/4"x6" full width will do it for you.  Also on that same cross plate, weld a couple short pieces of 1" angle iron 1" long vertical and they will guide and locate the two from casters so you know you're in the right place to lift.

But depending on how you have your lift upper cross bar places, when your jack goes up, the jack pad will come back towards you, but the cross lift bar should also come back as you're lifting, so they may stay in sync.  Check that out before you get too carried away.

Good luck with the project.
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2019, 07:04:57 PM »

I would add a cross plate at the point of the forward casters on the floor jack.  The plate should be welded to the lower main frame of the lift assembly.  This way you'll be lifting, or spreading between two points on the lift, not the floor and the lift.  Without the cross plate you're really only then supporting the weight of the lift/bike on the jack lift pad and it could tip.

Just one more piece of 1/4"x6" full width will do it for you.  Also on that same cross plate, weld a couple short pieces of 1" angle iron 1" long vertical and they will guide and locate the two from casters so you know you're in the right place to lift.

But depending on how you have your lift upper cross bar places, when your jack goes up, the jack pad will come back towards you, but the cross lift bar should also come back as you're lifting, so they may stay in sync.  Check that out before you get too carried away.

Good luck with the project.

Cheers for the input  :2vrolijk_21:

I got what you mean,  the peace laying in the middle is for just that. Angle will run off the cross box section that the casters of the jack will sit on and that will all be tied into the fram.
The lift bar is set into each lifting box section arm that is floating/ pivots as it raises then the bar will be inside a box section that will have flat plate welded to keep the Jack pad in place. This will help spread the lift load across the length of the lift bar.

I have had it working up and down with things just tacked into place as a test run "like you say " to check that things are in sync and to my surprise the Jack pad stayed in place on the cross box with out the bits of flat plate welded on after 4 times up and down.
Any input is welcome  I'm just winging this as I go  :)
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2019, 01:17:41 PM »


   Couple more hours spent on the table lift today sorting out the lift legs positioning.  :nervous: :drink:
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2019, 01:35:52 PM »

A little more sorted out today.  Got a bit more of an idea now how I'm heading with it. Things are pretty much just tacked in place.
It's will have a 40" lift   The angle for the Jack will act as a runway to guide the Jack to the centre lifting point when it's removed and put back in for use.
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2019, 11:24:22 AM »

It looks like you're a very handy kind of a guy, nice work.

But I would be just a bit careful on the welding.  It looks like you've got a MIG with flux core wire, not gas.  My experience with flux core wire has not been all that great.  Just make sure that your welds are penetrating the way they should.

Good luck and keep the updates coming.
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2019, 05:52:06 PM »

Cheers Dan,  yes it is a flux core Mig and I know what you mean about  paying close attention to the weld penetration. I'm going a bit over the top by adding support brackets at each weld of the lifting mechanism just for a bit of added strength.
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2019, 10:19:27 AM »

Cheers Dan,  yes it is a flux core Mig and I know what you mean about  paying close attention to the weld penetration. I'm going a bit over the top by adding support brackets at each weld of the lifting mechanism just for a bit of added strength.

Glad you have that in the back of your mind as you build.

Good luck!
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2019, 07:36:15 AM »

This (well self explanatory)is  the chock that I made some time ago.  I'm going to have the front of the table and chock removable for access to front end work.
I'm using this type of front wheel chock design because I don't like the idea of holding the bike with one hand while balancing it and lean forward and bown to hand wind the chock to lock in the wheel. 
This one works well,  it's a snug fit to the tyre 130mm and a 4th of the wheel circumference is being supported. Once it's in place I can get off the bike with no worries.
Bear in mind the table lift will be 7 1/2" in height.  Hopping  ;D
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2019, 07:38:30 AM »

 The wheels a snug fit
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2019, 11:05:43 PM »

Looks good, can't wait to see the finished product.
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2019, 01:32:42 PM »

Little more ahead today
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2019, 01:34:13 PM »

 Taking shape
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2019, 05:59:09 PM »

Glad you are a better welder than me!

You have got me thinking however.
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2019, 08:09:53 PM »

  Well stay tuned as things unfold and find out if it will lift and hold,.....or will it all come crashing down?  ;)

 I'll be doing a weight lift test first before I put the bike on it.  I'll slide it under the wifes car and see how it holds up  ;D  :drink:
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2019, 10:16:17 PM »

Do you have a safety lock on it? I wouldn't trust that $2 jack
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2019, 08:36:37 AM »

Do you have a safety lock on it? I wouldn't trust that $2 jack

That's yet to be built into it (work in progress)  the Jack is a low profile jack two ton I got it specifically for this.
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2019, 05:57:40 PM »

Looking nice
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2019, 12:56:40 AM »

  Well stay tuned as things unfold and find out if it will lift and hold,.....or will it all come crashing down?  ;)

 I'll be doing a weight lift test first before I put the bike on it.  I'll slide it under the wifes car and see how it holds up  ;D  :drink:

Looks good!

A brave man.  Might as well ask the wife to sit in her car, just to be sure....  ;)

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« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2019, 10:01:36 AM »

That's yet to be built into it (work in progress)  the Jack is a low profile jack two ton I got it specifically for this.

Maybe I missed it, but how high are you planning on lifting the bike?

Jus to be on the safe side, as it appears to be quite tall, I would do just a couple more things.  You may already be planning on them, but...

I would add some diagonal cross bracing to the rear lift frame upright.  As it does look to be quite tall, I would add possibly a front and rear cross legs/feet on the main lower frame for a bit of added stability side to side.

Just a suggestion.

Looking great non the less!  Keep it going... :)
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2019, 02:45:29 PM »


  Thanks for the input Dan,  :2vrolijk_21:

The table will have a total height of 40",...and as you suggested there's going to be more cross bracing as on the front legs, and a safety locking system. I've got a lot more to add on to it as you can tell it's still in the production stage.
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2019, 03:23:52 PM »


   Finished up tweaking the fine adjustments today and making sure things are all squared up then completed all the welding to the lifting mechanism.
Next part is to sort out the safety drop apparatus and to have retractable wheels so it can be rolled out onto the driveway
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« Reply #23 on: June 07, 2019, 05:36:46 AM »

A little more progress sorted out.  Got the mobility wheels mechanism put together.  The wheels are not for moving it with the bike on it but for rolling it out onto the drive if needed.

Today is sorting out the safety drop to lock in and how to disengage it when lowering the table .

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Re: DIY project
« Reply #24 on: June 07, 2019, 05:38:17 AM »


   Wheels  engaged
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #25 on: June 07, 2019, 10:14:52 AM »

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« Reply #26 on: June 07, 2019, 10:35:28 AM »

Pete, that is really looking good.  Gonna have to contract you to build one for the Chieftain... :indian_chief:
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #27 on: June 07, 2019, 02:40:42 PM »


  Cheers Howard, 

 Still have to give it the car lift test yet before I go any further.  Chucking it down with rain today so not lift test today.
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #28 on: October 10, 2019, 11:37:27 AM »



Update

Back on the table lift again these past couple of days sorted out the safety drop and release.  It's nothing fancy but so long as it does the job I'm happy.

Next step is to sort out the top table. I going to have it so the front and rear wheel area can be removed.
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #29 on: October 10, 2019, 11:38:03 AM »

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« Reply #30 on: October 10, 2019, 11:38:40 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: October 10, 2019, 11:40:51 AM »

. It took some doing but I actually got it to work  ;D
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« Reply #32 on: October 27, 2019, 09:11:08 AM »

Well much to my surprise it works the welding is doing it's job and holding. It's all good and stable.

Now no more up and down off my knees I can sit to do oil changes and all other TLC that a CVO demands.

I know I've got to go into the cam cavity to check the timing chain tensioners that I've been putting off.

The table side wings are removable also the front and rear wheel sections are removable for wheel removal.
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #33 on: October 27, 2019, 09:18:57 AM »

.      It took a while but got there in the end.
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #34 on: October 27, 2019, 10:09:23 AM »

Good for you.  Great project and ingenuity.  Hope it serves you well.   :2vrolijk_21:
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« Reply #35 on: October 27, 2019, 10:27:19 AM »

Don't you love it when a plan comes together?  Great project, completion and pictures on this build, Pete. Hope it serves you for many years
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #36 on: October 27, 2019, 07:54:42 PM »

Thanks  :2vrolijk_21:   with out sounding like I'm blowing my own horn, I am pleased with the outcome   :)

 The good thing about this as well is because I'm limited for space it can be broken down and stacked on it's side along side the garage wall out of the way.
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« Reply #37 on: October 27, 2019, 10:45:50 PM »

Great looking lift!  Especially like the way you positioned the outriggers.   :2vrolijk_21:
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #38 on: October 29, 2019, 12:10:34 PM »

Stripped down and stacked away.  Now the painting starts.
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« Reply #39 on: November 02, 2019, 09:17:50 AM »

 Painting has began
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« Reply #40 on: November 02, 2019, 09:19:18 AM »

Didn't turn out to shabby
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« Reply #41 on: November 02, 2019, 09:20:23 AM »

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Re: DIY project
« Reply #42 on: November 02, 2019, 09:22:07 AM »

The saftey locking mechanism and release
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Re: DIY project
« Reply #43 on: November 02, 2019, 09:24:49 AM »

Centre top with the 1 ton bike jack for lifting the wheels up. The front and rear sections removed for dropping the front or back wheels off whenever required.
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« Reply #44 on: November 02, 2019, 09:32:57 AM »

Lift assembled with outriggers on for putting my feet down when I ride the bike up onto the lift.

   Forgot to mention the wheel assembly for moving it outside if needed
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« Reply #45 on: November 02, 2019, 09:40:19 AM »

And outriggers off if needed for working on the bike.
BTW, the white painted line,.....more for fun but it will help me on lining the bike up to the wheel chock ;D
   That's completed this DIY project.

        Thanks to you all for the input given during this project  :2vrolijk_21:
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