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PostAuthor: Oberjal » Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:19 pm

I have built this very useful center lift for my Virago using galvanized pipe. I can lift my XV250 with very little effort. You can either lift the front wheel or the rear wheel depending on where you position the support beam under the bike before doing the lifting. The lift is so simple that you just have to look at the pictures to see how to put one together.

All the pieces are standard 3/4 inch galvanized pipe. Here's what you need:

(2) 6" pipes
(1) 18" pipe
(1) 36" pipe
(1) 90 deg elbow
(1) 3-way elbow
(3) end caps
miscelaneous PVC pipe/fittings, plastic hose (improvise on these)

IMPORTANT: Both ends of the support beam (the 18" pipe) must be thread-locked so they don't become undone under the weight of the bike. I used epoxy to thread-lock them. No other joint needs thread-locking. If you have access to welding equipment, you can add a welding spot between the support beam and the elbows instead of the epoxy.

Well, I hope you find this lift useful. Since I started using it, cleaning and lubing the chain is no longer a chore.

Edit note 1: You can simplify the design and construction by using the same plastic hose that I used as handle gripper instead of the PVC on the support beam. The plastic hose I used is fairly thick, has embedded nylon strands for strength, and offers good grip. I bought it at Home Depot. This will make for a more universal lifter.

Edit note 2: If you place the lifter right under the sweet spot of the bike (under the center of gravity), you can see-saw the bike back and forth. In this case the lifter will be shouldering the entire weight of the bike. This is a good thing if you are leaving the bike unused for a long time as it will prevent flat spots on the tires.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: ms8238 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:00 pm

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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: mikel » Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:03 pm

Very slick!
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: Fat Yankee » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:04 pm

Excellent idea.

Maybe you should take it to JC Whitney,Harbor Freight, might make some $$$.$$.




Seriously , market the thing.

You could even Customize them, Bet you could even put a cup holder on it.

Hum ,

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"This lift is for You"

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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: Jake » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:18 pm

The idea has been around for quite some time, most versions use a 2 x 6 and a length of pipe. You should upload a video to show the ease of use.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: Oberjal » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:52 pm

Fat Yankee wrote:Excellent idea.

Maybe you should take it to JC Whitney,Harbor Freight, might make some $$$.$$.
...
You could even Customize them, Bet you could even put a cup holder on it.
...


Thanks FY. As a matter of fact the PVC section (white segment on the photos) is custom made for the XV250. The PVC section accommodates the width of the bike frame bottom. The two orange rings prevent the bike from sliding sideways. I would think an XV750 would have a wider frame and an XV1100 even wider.

As far as commercializing it, this thing is so simple that anyone can make one. But hey, you never know.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: PerpetualConstruction » Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:16 pm

Oberjal wrote:As far as commercializing it, this thing is so simple that anyone can make one. But hey, you never know.


...then what you should do is buy all of the parts wholesale and sell them as 'kits'... with a 100% markup. :naughty:
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: Oberjal » Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:48 pm

Jake wrote:...
You should upload a video to show the ease of use.


Good idea Jake. I just added a video file to the original post.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: Wesso » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:13 am

Nice job Oberjal :thumbs:
The only problem is that you can't adjust the chain while the back wheel is suspended like that which is why I chose to create one that lifts under the swingarm back near the rear axle.
Mine is probably not quite as easy to use as yours, but it gets the back wheel off the ground and keeps the weight on the rear shocks at the same time.
I have sold several in Australia and had a number of inquiries from overseas, so I'm sure there is a market there for yours as well.
This the one I came up with a couple of years ago.
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I guess this one could just as easily have been made out of galvanised pipe, but I found that the RHS is lighter and just as strong when the correct type is used and welding it together wasn't a problem for me either. That was the only flaw, in that being in one piece it was more bulky to mail out to customers.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: Oberjal » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:28 pm

@Wesso

Both designs are good. With a few bucks and little effort anyone can build one of these lifts that will last a lifetime. I have seen equivalent commercial lifts advertised in the web for quite a bit of money. Besides, they always nail you with the shipping costs.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: Fat Yankee » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:41 pm

Oberjal wrote:@Wesso

Both designs are good. With a few bucks and little effort anyone can build one of these lifts that will last a lifetime. I have seen equivalent commercial lifts advertised in the web for quite a bit of money. Besides, they always nail you with the shipping costs.



Yup,

But I bet people will still buy it ( Either ) or a Kit at reasonable cost.

This is still America, till the Chinese March Down Main St wanting their $$$.$$ back.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: Wesso » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:51 pm

Oberjal wrote:@Wesso... I have seen equivalent commercial lifts advertised in the web for quite a bit of money. Besides, they always nail you with the shipping costs.
Yes I agree... It's the shipping costs that make it prohibitive. Otherwise I'm sure that I could have sold a number of my lifters internationally. When you consider that it usually costs up to five times the cost of the part just to send it abroad.
I recently inquired about a mini tachometer for my XV250 which was going to cost something like USD$36.00 and USD$114.00 for shipping to Melbourne AU. I mean this thing only weighed a few grams, so I got one from China and they paid the shipping/postage costs for AUD$26.00
So until we can find a cheaper way of shipping these parts, they have us over a barrel so to speak.
In the meantime keep up the good work... I'm sure you will have at least a few people show some interest in your lifter either in its current form or in a kit.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: grampa » Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:28 am

both are nice i think i will try one just cant makeup my mind what style i like. may try both.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: Wesso » Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:49 am

grampa wrote:both are nice i think i will try one just cant makeup my mind what style i like. may try both.

If you have the tools and materials I would say yes go ahead, but keep in mind that they both give a slightly different end capability... The pipe version that lifts under the cradle of the frame is not recommended for adjusting the drive chain tension as there is no weight on the rear suspension. where the red one takes the weigh of the bike so that it simulates the rear wheel being on the ground. This makes it possible to adjust the tension on the chain. However the pipe version is probably a bit more stable because of the width of it and also a little easier to use single handed.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: grampa » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:25 am

both would work for my 96 it has a drive shaft.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: Wesso » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:42 am

grampa wrote:both would work for my 96 it has a drive shaft.

Of course :error: :lol: Sorry about that... :doh: I forgot that this wasn't the XV250 section of the forum and was thinking strictly chain drive.
I thought from the XV750 up had a center stand that you could simply put into use?
I have been studying the XV250 manuals, and about to start on the XV750 upwards manuals so I guess I will learn all about that soon.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: grampa » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:01 am

my 750 has a stand but i am looking for a easy way to do it because of a bad shoulder. and i think that the one you guys built would do the trick.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: Oberjal » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:18 am

@grampa

You might want to take a look a the short video in the original post. It shows how easy it is to lift the bike. Your bike is heavier than my XV250 but I still believe it should be easy thanks to Archimedes and his levers.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: Wesso » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:46 am

grampa wrote:my 750 has a stand but i am looking for a easy way to do it because of a bad shoulder. and i think that the one you guys built would do the trick.

That being the case, I would definitely go for the pipe model as it would lift it much easier I believe. I'm sure it would be much easier to make as well.
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Re: Galvanized pipe center lift

PostAuthor: ms8238 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:02 pm

The problem is the factory center stand is like a Chinese puzzle.

suppose to be easy as cake to get it up on it but maybe 1 of out 10 tries takes no effort.

the biggest trick is the leg cross, cross over and use your left leg to apply foot pressure to the center stand, so when at that peak point, it has more room to extend left, where your right will be maxed out.
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