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Built a bike lift out of an old pallet.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by RustiePyles, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. RustiePyles

    RustiePyles Semper Fortis

    Had this pallet laying around at work and thought it would make a nice work stand for a bike, It was by far the smallest pallet we had laying around as most of them are bigger than your average "tiny house". I actually had to cut it down by 1/3, slapped some legs on it with lag bolts and added a wheel loop/chock to the front with some D rings. Bike_lift_1.jpg Bike_Lift_6.jpg Bike_lift_3.jpg
     
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  2. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Not your average pallet. That's a heavy equipment pallet. You made nice use of it.
     
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  3. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Way to improvise!
     
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  4. bosco659

    bosco659 XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Very nice. Guess you need a good ramp to get it up there and an extra set of hands to stabilize it while pushing it up and rolling it down. That is a good sized pallet.

    At my cottage I use those aluminum ramps to get my ride on mower in and out of an elevated shed. I drilled a small hole in the end of each ramp and in the shed floor. Each time I use the ramps I drop a small pin / nail / screw in the hole to prevent the ramp from sliding off of the edge of the floor. Used to use a strap but was a pita.
     
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  5. RustiePyles

    RustiePyles Semper Fortis

    Yes you are correct, I use a set of folding aluminum ramps. I can get it up the ramps by myself though, I just put the bike in gear and hold the clutch in and let it out if I need the bike to stay where its at until I can reposition myself. The table is still low enough that its not to much of a struggle.
     
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  6. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Not generally mentioned on THIS forum, :wink2: but Good looking XS!
     
  7. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    1980 Special II?
     
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  8. RustiePyles

    RustiePyles Semper Fortis

    Yep, 1980 XS650G II. My Father in-law bought it new 80 in Lenxa, KS I've had it for about 15 years. Couple if pics from 81 and 82 oldXS1.jpg oldXS2.jpg
     
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  9. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    :yikes: LOOk at that windshield. RustiePyles what can you tell us about where that came from.. and Nice Bike !
    -R
     
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  10. RustiePyles

    RustiePyles Semper Fortis

    I still have the back rest and windscreen, Its an old Jammer I think, it doesn't so much block wind as it redirects it straight up your nose and under your glasses. I'm not a %100 sure where it came from but if I had to guess id say he bought it one of 3 places McBrides Yamaha of St Joe, Mo. St Joe Harley Davidson (was also a Yamaha dealer in the 70's and 80's). Or Ayers Auto Supply in Atchison, Ks
     
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  11. Machine

    Machine Race the wind Top Contributor

    Betcha that came from the Yamaha dealer ;)
    I've never another one besides the one I found hanging in the rafters of a private cycle shop years ago.
     
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  12. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Did he discard that brand new OE exhaust?
     
  13. RustiePyles

    RustiePyles Semper Fortis

    I think it was lost over the years, it is the only OEM part missing from the bike. Everything that has been changed or removed by my FIL or myself has been saved with the exception of consumable parts.
     
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  14. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    That is an economical and very useful work stand!

    PM sent.

    Pete
     
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  15. arcticXS

    arcticXS XS650 Guru Top Contributor

    Btw, is that an old Toyota Celica in those old pics?
     
  16. RustiePyles

    RustiePyles Semper Fortis

    Yep, 78 I think.
     
  17. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Nice platform. As they say... free stuff is good stuff.
    Greetings from across the river. Welcome to the circus. :D
     
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  18. 5twins

    5twins XS650 Guru Top Contributor

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    Here's my "freebie". Years ago, I helped a plumber buddy of mine install a whole house air conditioner. The old unit was sitting on this stand and he was just going to scrap it. I could see that with a few mods, it would make the perfect bike work table. So, I added extensions front and rear, installed a shelf underneath, and put it on wheels .....

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    It is, in fact, what my 1st 650 got built on .....

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    I have to agree with Gary though, for one man operation, you can't beat the hydraulic lift tables. Getting a bike on and off this table requires a ramp and some help. It's very similar to loading a bike onto your pick-up or into a van. But, the price was right, lol.
     
  19. GLJ

    GLJ Never go faster than your guardian angle can fly. Top Contributor

    Compared to a ramp I suppose hydraulic is better. Once you go pneumatic you'll never go back.
    I looked at a HF lift. The display lift in the store had braces under it to hold it up. Hydraulics should not leak down if they are of good quality. No thanks.
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  20. kopcicle

    kopcicle antidisestablishmentarian

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    30 year old Handy Industries...
    And the bike to be named later
    And some ugly old SOB looking at the rear alignment like he knows what is going on.
     
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