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sprink
02-15-2013, 03:32 PM
With the exhaust and shock on the bottom, the jack I have can't lift my Buell. I have to use the little stands like a sportbike. They barely get the tires off the floor, fine for some stuff, but still leaves me sitting and laying on the concrete.

Since I have had time lately, I don't have $ to buy a lift table. With a bunch of wood, either left over or brought home from construction sites, that I had hoarded I built one.

Got a lot of comments on the XLforum about it's strenght and about the Youtube videos of people loading bikes with ramps. I was confident in my engineering and materials. It is wide enough and slopes less than 2 feet in 10, so I can keep my feet on the ground all the way up.

******Don't try this at home kids. I am a professional with my own insurance****

Basically, I built a ramp. Here it is under construction.

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r310/sprink_photos/2013-02-14121002_zpse002b189.jpg

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r310/sprink_photos/2013-02-14120715_zps5dcf4935.jpg

Just rode the bike up the ramp and into the wheel chock, leaving it in gear for a parking brake. Then I jacked up the end of the ramp and put jack stands under it.

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r310/sprink_photos/2013-02-15125105_zps6acbba12.jpg

Much nicer working this way.

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r310/sprink_photos/2013-02-15135211_zps60827177.jpg

RedneckMedic
02-15-2013, 03:40 PM
I like it!!:yum:

Kosher
02-15-2013, 05:11 PM
Good old American enginuity

SportstersPaul
02-17-2013, 12:34 AM
Greg, would have been nice if the rest of the repair had gone as well!

Gas Man
02-17-2013, 08:51 PM
Way to GO sprink!!! That is pure awesome!!

Moesride
02-17-2013, 10:14 PM
That's awesome sprink !!

sprink
02-17-2013, 10:19 PM
The repair did not go smoothly, but I think it is complete.

Gas Man
02-17-2013, 10:54 PM
You got the exhaust stud replaced?

sprink
02-18-2013, 10:21 AM
Yes, but it turned into a fun job.

Borrowed this cool jig from a XLforum member.
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r310/sprink_photos/2013-02-16115442_zps3251e718.jpg

No problem drilling the old bolt out. Then you just tap the hole.....

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r310/sprink_photos/2013-02-16121249_zps80fa52b9.jpg

Got half the remaining bolt out with the first try with tap.
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r310/sprink_photos/2013-02-16121412_zps23060ad3.jpg
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r310/sprink_photos/2013-02-16121838_zpsb42247d3.jpg

But when I started the tap again.........

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r310/sprink_photos/2013-02-16121853_zps6a6a7782.jpg

Yeap, broke the friggin tap in the hole.

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r310/sprink_photos/2013-02-16121904_zps73eb7248.jpg

After walking away for a while pondering removing the head to have a professional work on it, I said Fuck it and went at it again.
I picked out as much as I could then sprayed the remaining tap bit with a can of air held upside down to try and super chill the bit.
Then I smashed the tap with a punch and picked out pieces. Took a couple whacks, but eventually I got all the bits out and ran a new tap through it.
The threads were a bit rough, so I used JB Weld for locktite.
http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r310/sprink_photos/2013-02-16201949_zps9e23a7e5.jpg

SportstersPaul
02-18-2013, 12:07 PM
Okay then, we should be ready for another roadtrip. Do we run East and hit up some Canadians or maybe run West and terrorize Joe and Kim? Oh, have you tried the barmitts on the Buell?

Gas Man
02-18-2013, 02:36 PM
Way to go man. You done good! Makes me want to buy that jig!

Gas Man
02-18-2013, 02:54 PM
That's it... I ordered the same one... that's a George's Garage tool.

Caveman
02-18-2013, 03:07 PM
very nice. good idea to take a break after that tap broke off in there. might have ended up in some pounding of shiney stuff. :fu2: Anger is not your friend when working on bits like that. but good job being persistant and making a second go of it. I am surprised though that the tap was able to be busted up like that. I am sure that it would have been near impossible to drill out as its supposed to be hardened enough to do the work its designed to do. But I suppose that cold shocking is what embrittled it. grats on a successful repair against the odds.:eightball6:

sprink
02-18-2013, 08:11 PM
That's it... I ordered the same one... that's a George's Garage tool.

Yeap, George's Garage. Everyone calls it Jim's tool, but that is different mfg, but I borrowed it from a Jim......!!!!

very nice. good idea to take a break after that tap broke off in there. might have ended up in some pounding of shiney stuff. :fu2: Anger is not your friend when working on bits like that. but good job being persistant and making a second go of it. I am surprised though that the tap was able to be busted up like that. I am sure that it would have been near impossible to drill out as its supposed to be hardened enough to do the work its designed to do. But I suppose that cold shocking is what embrittled it. grats on a successful repair against the odds.:eightball6:

The cold was my idea, but others told me I could break the tap with a punch. Hard and strong are usually one or the other.

I have been known to dent, smash or otherwise damage things in moments of frustration. As I have grown older (wiser or not) I have learned to step back and take another look at it before taking the hammer to the side of the car. :chug:

Gas Man
02-18-2013, 11:42 PM
Yeah Jim's and George are different. LOL

sprink
03-26-2013, 07:01 PM
Jacked it back up and pulled the stands. Lowered it back down and climbed on the bike. Pulled the clutch and it rolled right back down. It does take up a lot of space though with no bike on it, lol.

BuckHunter
03-26-2013, 07:47 PM
Jacked it back up and pulled the stands. Lowered it back down and climbed on the bike. Pulled the clutch and it rolled right back down. It does take up a lot of space though with no bike on it, lol.
what if you hinge it somewhere so that part of the ramp folds up onto it. would still be big but wouldnt take up as much space. just a thought. great job though!

sprink
03-26-2013, 08:00 PM
Not sure about folding it. The strength is in the 4x4s that run the lenght of it.

I'll probably just push it to the side and store crap on top of it. Easier to pick it up off the ramp than the floor. I can even jack it up to be level.

I can park a bike on it at times to save space if need be.