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When you guys remove your wheels, do you leave the bike on the motorcycle lift or do you rest it on something else while you are out having the tires replaced? I'm assuming that given busy schedules, the bike would have to remain wheel-less for a few days.

There are after market stands, but maybe I can find a cheaper and creative solution here.
 

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Just leave it on the jack.
Put the safety leaver down and let it jack of until it rest on it, do this anytime you have it on the jack and working on it.
 

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I wouldn't leave mine on the jack, but some people do.
You can make a stand out of some pipe and fittings from home depot, or even wood.
 

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Check this out .... Scroll to the bottom of the page to see a really nice wooden stand.

http://www.vtxcafe.com/showthread.php?t=50801&highlight=2x4+motorcycle+stand&page=3

Pretty good stuff. Goheen's metal stand is also in this thread starting on the top of this page.







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Just leave it on the jack.
Put the safety leaver down and let it jack of until it rest on it, do this anytime you have it on the jack and working on it.

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I have the wheels off my bike all the time and always leave it on the stand and have never had a problem.
I usually change my own tires and rarely leave the bike up in the air unattended for very long.
 

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We own and operate a logging and lumber operation with several and various types of heavy equipment. First rule of operation on any hydraulic equipment is to ground your fork, bucket, blade or what have you. This is also true for jacks. Most lifts have a mechanical safety.
 

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Great ideas. I like the wooden approach... "Wood is good". I don't have a safety lever on my jack. Looks like a project during the holidays.
 

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i hope to be releasing some more stands this week if you are interested. Shoot me and email and i can get you more when the details are worked out.
 

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I left my bike on the stand when I removed the front tire. I wasn't real comfortable with the way the bike rocked a bit so I slid a cinder block up to the rear wheel and it had less than a half inch of rock so I just stopped worrying about it rocking after that. Think I'll try and build one of them wooden stands this winter though.
 

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I leave mine on my jack all winter and have never had a problem. If your going to pull both wheels just be sure to balance it right, or just put some straps on it to hold it tight to the jack and you'll be fine. But... with that said the wooden set up is easy enough to make to, I just don't see the need for it myself.
 

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Those wood stands sound like a good idea. I've had mine up on the jack for a week or so in the past - the jack instructions suggest that after lifting the bike, lower it to the mechanical "stop" and release the hydraulic pressure. Seems like a safe way to keep it up without worrying about a hydraulic leak. Make sure the bike's strapped to the jack, for good measure.
 

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It used to stay in the jack, and strapped down.
But after the Darkside quote to install a tire off the bike.... went and got my own cheap tire changer and do them myself now
 

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It used to stay in the jack, and strapped down.
But after the Darkside quote to install a tire off the bike.... went and got my own cheap tire changer and do them myself now
Cheap tire changer? What did you get and what is your experience with that?
 

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I decided not to wait for holiday shutdown to tackle this and got to it yesterday. Thanks to offroadmaniac for the instructions and eagleinthewind for pointing me to them. It made the job pretty easy.

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I decided not to go with the 'don't mess with Texas sticker':bleh:
 

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I decided not to wait for holiday shutdown to tackle this and got to it yesterday. Thanks to offroadmaniac for the instructions and eagleinthewind for pointing me to them. It made the job pretty easy.

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I decided not to go with the 'don't mess with Texas sticker':bleh:
Yep once you lay it all out it is easy and you will love it. Two suggestions; 1. always have the jack on the opposite side from the kick stand so when letting the bike down with the jack the stand can be extended down to catch the bike if it starts to lean away from you and 2. I used a couple cut strips from a carpet sample and tacked them to the top of the stand where the bike rests, works great and no scratches from the wood or screws on your frame.
 

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Yep once you lay it all out it is easy and you will love it. Two suggestions; 1. always have the jack on the opposite side from the kick stand so when letting the bike down with the jack the stand can be extended down to catch the bike if it starts to lean away from you and 2. I used a couple cut strips from a carpet sample and tacked them to the top of the stand where the bike rests, works great and no scratches from the wood or screws on your frame.
thanks...good ideas. I also suggest that even with carpeting, recess the screws in the 2X4.
 
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