After all that work you put into it, what a bugger.Not going to happen, can neither lift engine or frame. Doesn't matter anyway, crank sprockets are not available, so I'll probably strip,the bike and sell whatever parts I can and dump the rest. No market for XS650s here.
I wrap the frame with rubber strips from old cut up inner tubes to keep from scratching it. My original removal/install "tool" was just a couple of "handles" that connected to the engine. With a helper, we could lift the engine like a stretcher and wiggle it in and out of the frame. This worked well but you need two people .....
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Eventually, I built myself a one-man removal/install "cart". It's based on an old shopping cart I pulled from a ditch on the side of the road out in the country, one of these smaller types .....
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It's all man-powered, no hydraulics, just using simple leverage to lift the motor. The lift handles I previously made slip on the lift bars and act as extensions to give the needed leverage .....
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Both ends of the pivot bar can be adjusted up/down to get the perfect height .....
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Simple hooks made from 1/4" bar stock hook under the cart handle to hold the motor lifted as you roll the cart in .....
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It works quite well ......
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One weight lifts and the other has already developed a "dad bod".Strong boys? The stretcher is unnecessary. The boys can easily pull the engine out the right side. Simple!
This is the way...work smarter, not harder.
Strong boys? The stretcher is unnecessary. The boys can easily pull the engine out the right side. Simple!
I've done 20 or more, exactly that way!Yes I think one is enough
I don't have particularly strong arms . I Made a small stool ..of 2 x 4 planks Nailing it together the right height having beside the bike
A little higher than the frame tube
Holding my chest against the upper frame tube saving the back -- one arm on each side -- and then lift with the arms Step by step getting it out on the stool. Can have some protection on the tube if one wish I don't
Keeping it simple -Works for me there are good places to grip the engine.