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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-18-2019, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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1500 lifted by Chain Hoist

I have several things to do to my 1500 during the next several weeks and plan to use the chain hoist in my shop to lift it, mainly for tire changes, polishing mufflers, etc. Has anyone done this with their bike, and if so, where did you find the best locations to be for the support straps? Obviously, the frame is the
place to offer best support and is crucial to handle the weight, so are there any
specific places on the frame that are suitable for attachment? I realize that a good lift table or motorcycle jack will work as well or better, however I want to get the bike to near eye level where my tired old eyes can better see what I am doing! (Just turned 72 few days ago) Any suggestions will be appreciated!

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Yup...I do it all the time. First remove the seat. The two threaded bosses that hold the seat ar good mounting points. The third point is to choke the neck of the triple tree. Run the front strap through the loop made by the rear strap. Move the loop up or down the front strap until you find the perfect balance. Snap a vice grip between the two straps so they can not slide and lift it right up in the air. Be careful of wiring and other things around the neck so you don't pinch anything when you choke it. 3 point lift. The two seat threaded bosses and the neck of the bike.
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Thanks Mike, just the info I needed!
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Thanks Mike, just the info I needed!
Ride long and ride safe!
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Hard to explain over the computer but I think you get the jist of it. It's like a triangle. You might have to adjust the position of the hook fore and aft until you get it just right. Use a vice grip on both sides of the hook to be sure it stays in the balanced point. The front wheel may turn left or right but it makes no difference.

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A couple thoughts.

Working from memory I'm thinking the seat mounting bosses are forward of the subframe bolts. If so, following is a non-issue. But the subframe that holds the trunk, rear fender and panniers to the main frame is held on by two bolts under the seat and two near the front of the panniers and these bottom two are in slotted holes. Bottom line is do not lift using this rear subframe. Not safe to hold the weight.

I would rather use one of the load equalizer things rather than the vice grips. Example: https://www.harborfreight.com/2-Ton-...ler-60659.html

While I understand not having to bend over, getting the bike that high also means you have to lift the tires up high to put them on. Think about which is the bigger challenge.

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...While I understand not having to bend over, getting the bike that high also means you have to lift the tires up high to put them on....

Likewise, how are you going to Un/Torque the Axle Bolt (75 Ft-Lb, as I recall), while it's hanging?.. or adjust for Weight Shift if the Rear Wheel or Final Drive is removed?
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What goes up, must come down. It’s a slick way to work on the bike with no platform or clutter under foot. I use a man-power hoist and it’s rather slow. 95% of the time I use the small bike jack. I also have a 30”x24” stout table I can drop the bike on.

I had to do some welding on the centerstand last year and lifted the bike straight up from behind and was able to get pretty good access for a amateur welder like myself.

After doing this, I have wondered if I couldn’t do the same from the frame neck and get it enough to lubricate the starter clutch pins. ??? I might try it this spring.
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Never contemplated doing it to one of my wings, but did do it to my Trident sans tank & seat . it's gone now sold, but getting it "up there" made some things easy.

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Thanks to all who had suggestions and gave advice, very much appreciated!
I now have the bike in the air. Wish I had known about the load equalizer, and will probably lower the bike to normal floor level to do the torque/untorque and weight shift adjustment. Glad you brought that to my attention Alex, seems like there's always a few things I fail to consider!
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