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What would suggest is the best way to lift the bike or rear wheel mainly, so i can adjust the belt tension.

I looked at swingarms and they talk about sport bikes more than cruisers. I am confused if that will work, since the vulcan 900 does have a protruding axle.

I looked at http://www.discountramps.com/motorcycle-stand.htm

and am confused as to which will work best for our bike.
 

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What would suggest is the best way to lift the bike or rear wheel mainly, so i can adjust the belt tension.

I looked at swingarms and they talk about sport bikes more than cruisers. I am confused if that will work, since the vulcan 900 does have a protruding axle.

I looked at http://www.discountramps.com/motorcycle-stand.htm

and am confused as to which will work best for our bike.
Like you I would love to have a jack to lift one end to do work or just to hold upright for cleaning and such. Looked on google a couple times and found some scissor jacks which look like they would do the trick, but the price :eek:. A lot of guys will swear by there hydraulic lifts as the only way to go, lift the whole bike(but will admit they had to modify), some have coasters to move the bike around a shop or garage, but in reality the lifts are made for bikes with nothing sticking down below the frame, bought one from a buddy once, he got a new one, but the oil pan and the swing arm lever point(that poorly designed piece where the grease Zerk's break off) caused the bike to be unstable and tip resulting in either strapping it down or risking having it tip over (neither is a quick or acceptable option).

Anyway try this site as an example of a usable jack for lifting one wheel or doing the cleaning and such.
http://www.gesusa.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=120223&Show=TechSpecs
Found several models of these but the price for something that is a screw jack just erks me, priced like the lift post are titanium or unutanioum :D

Did you happen to notice on the swingarm site if the tramps came with the lift if so might be a good deal.:cool:

If you can do or have a bud who is a welder you might be able to whip something up for cheaper, if you do i would love to have one :)

Good luck and keep the shiny bits in the air.
 

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I bought a little red hydralic jack from Northern tool and had to modify it by adding two pieces of angle iron in between the regular lift points to get around the engine casing and rear shock mount. I still had to put a piece of wood on the front bar to get it up without hitting the engine casing. I then had to strap it down to feel safe. There is no good way to get out bikes totally off the ground due to Big-K's ground side design.

With that said, see the link below for something that looks really neat for just getting one wheel at a time up off the ground a few inches.
http://www.themotorcyclestand.com/

Also, those lever racks that lift on the axle points are really just for sport bikes. They require that you screw in two plastic bushings for the stand to grab onto. Unfortunatley, our bikes are pre-tapped for these bushings to screw in.

Good luck.
 

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Thanks Jeep Pirate forgot about that one, the model with the rubber bumpers might work great if a little pricey :eek:, and you reminded me of a post i saw long long ago in a galaxy, oh yay, very cheap but not pretty could also bolt some cut up tire on it on a block of wood, think it wood work. ;)
http://www.nightrider.com/biketech/bikelift.htm think i will give this a try.

krravi thanks for the post hope this helps, helped me remember to put yet another project on my list. Man it just keeps getting longer.

Good luck let us know how you did and keep the shiny bits in the air.
 

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This has been a problem for me since I bought my en500. Nowhere to jack without getting on the oil pan or exhaust. I'm contemplating just welding together a custom center stand for it to put an end to it.
 

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Why not just get the Harbor Freight lift? Eventually you'll need to jack up the whole bike to fix something. The $80 yellow one is frequently on sale for $59 and works great on the Custom.
 

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Personally, out of all the choices out there, I like mine the bestest...





Ok, so I have to add some wood to make sure I don't ding the shiny bits...



Works really well, bike is stable and balanced, I can take off either tire at a time, and it is fully adjustable in height. :D :cool:
 

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I have a bike jack that i hate using, solution, 2 blocks consisting of 4 - 10" pieces of 2x4 nailed together with 1 - 1x4 nailed on top, total height 9", slide one under one side of the swinging arm, go around to the side stand side, lift the bike level and slide the other under with my foot. takes the rear tire off the ground, for cleaning, doesnt break anything and safe. I also store my bike like this over winter.
 

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Why not just get the Harbor Freight lift? Eventually you'll need to jack up the whole bike to fix something. The $80 yellow one is frequently on sale for $59 and works great on the Custom.
When you say it works great on the custom, how so? I just bought this and it doesn't seem like it will work without a modification. Can you change the oil while on the stand somehow without a mod?
 

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I also have the $70 Harbor Freight lift. It takes careful placement to get it on securely but I've never felt like it was in danger of falling. If I'm expecting to be in a dangerous position or yanking on wrenches I'll take a couple minutes to strap it. But for cleaning and oil changes I just pump it up!
 

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I made my own lift out of a couple of 2"x8's and a 3/4" section of pipe. Found a link somewhere online while seaching for motorcycle jacks. Worked great for lifting the rear of the bike up. Cost was about $20 bucks. I used it for putting Scootworks front pulley on. Very sturdy, safe and quick.
Just another quick note... I got my belt tension close to what it needed to be and did the final adjusting while the bike was on the ground... had no squeaks or chirpping. I got that hint from someone else that did it the same way from a previous post on this site.
 

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With that said, see the link below for something that looks really neat for just getting one wheel at a time up off the ground a few inches.
http://www.themotorcyclestand.com/

That stand looks really handy for changing oil and filter, but on their "compatible bikes" page it lists about seven Vulcan models but not the 900. Anyone tried this on a 900?
 

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Thats it MrClean. The only thing I added for a bit more stability was an eye hook at each end of the 2x8's, allowed me to attach my tie down straps to it and to the bike for a bit of added saftey while working on the bike.
 

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Guess I can understand that. It's just that the frame is wider then the tire and when it's sitting flat on the 40 inch 2x8's that's more stability then the bike has on it's kickstand, but it's not bolted on like the kickstand in it's three point stance AND there's no law against being too stable.
 

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I cant even look at the oil gauge, its way too down. I really need to figure out a way to lift this thing.

I am seriously thinking about buying this one.

http://www.discountramps.com/motorcycle-jack-lift.htm
I'm a stiff old fat guy and the absolute easiest way to see the oil window is a mechanics mirror. They have one at sears that is a long rectangle with an extendable handle. I just sit on the seat, bring the bike up straight, and use the mirror to see the window. Almost easier than a dipstick - anything beats standing on your head AND trying to hold the bike level!!

As for the jack, the yellow Harbor Freight unit placed exactly between the zerks lifts both wheels off the floor and is good and stable. to change the oil, place the jack about 2 inches aft, clears the drain plug, but only lifts the rear off the floor.
 

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+1 on the inspection mirror.

The discountramps.com jack will need modifications as the rails are only 12" long and the 900's frame is 13" wide. Ask me how I know. My mods make it wide enough but now it's too tall to roll under the bike so I have to run it up on a couple of 2x8s to raise it up...
 
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