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wickedtwister
Does anyone have a motorcycle lift table? I was looking into designing and building one just wondered if anyone had any particular experience with one brand over another.
 
Only reason I'm going to build my own is because I like very sturdy stuff and the lift tables I would consider are really expensive, and I have a lot of the raw material needed left over from other projects.

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jeffkisthename
OOOOOOOOO I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Beemer
Do you have the material to make an inflatable jack? Those are pretty cool.

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wickedtwister
I have a lot of various 2" square tubes 1" square tubes and 1" and 2" angle mostly in 1/8" wall. I don't have any hydraulics parts to do the actual lifting. I also have a good bit of round roll bar material let over.

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sorkyah
Shouldnt be too difficult to put together a typical scissor jack configuration
hydraulic stores are a quite common on the east coast, shouldnt be too diffucult to cobble together

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fooschnickens
Pretty sure the bike shop I frequent uses either Weaver or Handy lifts based on the images I'm finding online. They've had the same ones for at least 10 years and service everything from dirtbikes to cruisers with no issue. The only downside is they run off an air line, but as long as you have a compressor you're golden.
 
 

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wickedtwister
The hydraulics part of the lift is really the part I need to figure out. Either air over hydraulic, electronic hydraulic pump, manual hydraulic pump, or pneumatic (last choice)
 
I like the scissor lift style better but its more complex guess I'll start drawing crap in catia and doing the calcs to make sure my bike doesn't come crashing to the ground.

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sorkyah
pnematic or electric would probably be your best bet depending on your home shop setup
 
What about a post style lift?
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wickedtwister
I don't like the cantilevered design on those, and I want to be able to move it around the shop as my other projects rotate depending oh what I'm doing. With that I'd have to bolt it to the floor.

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wickedtwister
It will most like be a design close to this.
 
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sorkyah
can also be bolted to the wall
Though i think ita more of a storage rack than a aervice lift....

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pattonme
Sv race shop has a bersig knock off. otherwise a simple fixed height table about 16 inches high with a simple ramp works too. Slap it up against a wall when done.

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Beemer
This is what I had in mind, it's a simple, doable design with no messy hydraulic fluid to have to deal with. I'm not suggesting to buy it, just make your own modeled by it. Some heavy duty caster wheels will make it 'mobile' if you design it right and a decent compressor/50' air line should do nicely. I haven't priced air bladders but they can be found all over the net. Good luck and show pics of whatever you build. 
 
 
http://www.lkgoodwin.com/more_info/pneumatic_scissor_lifts/pneumatic_scissor_lifts.shtml
 
 
http://www.petersenproducts.com/custom.aspx

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sorkyah
Never thought of using airbags
Nice idea @beemer
you could probably pick up a set of airbags for a 3/4-1 ton truck for relatively cheap
I think the full 4-wheel setup for a Ram 3500 is around 5-600

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gregjet
Mine is similiar to the pictured one.
Some points.
Mine has the front wheel clamp with the clamping action in the middle on the bottom. It isn't good enough to make the bike properly stable. The pictured one seems to have a beter design. Eithe way you need to stabilize BOTH the front of the tyre AND the bottom. And some way of lining up the rear wheel once it on the table. Any offline and the bike wants to lean. I have to do it by hand then put the lock straps on. It's a pain and my bikes are light!.
Make sure you have enough room to put a under fork lift or better still incorporate one into the design with changeable pin sizes (and angles?)
Don't forget safety pins incase hydraulic failure. I have 2 pin height positions on my commercial ones.
If you are having wheels make sure that you can lock the table in place. Mine uses separate stops from the wheels. Unfortunately it only has two and I had to make another two to keep it from moving.
Make sure it is transversely extremely stable.
Mine has a ram that is BOTH air and hydraulic so they are available.
Might be something there you can use.
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