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Old 11-18-2009, 05:56 PM
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Being a relatively new person on this site - I admit to not knowing the correct protocol(s). Origonally posted this under the General Harley Thread. My ride is a '05 XLC-1200 and [like any enthusiast...] I enjoy doing some of the minor maintenance things on the bike. It does not take much time to figure out that it would be better if the bike sat up straight - like they do when in the shop being worked on by a Harley mechanic. Don't know about you folks, but I can't afford all those $$$$ for a real maintenance stand...so I made one! Actually, it is 3 boxes made from 2 x 10 and 3/4" plywood. The end pieces are 3' x 3' and the center piece is 2' x 3'. Put a ramp on the end and ride the bike up and park it. Using racheting tie-downs, secure the bike to eye-bolts and remove the center box. I find it is helpful to have someone assist with the tie-downs. Slip a pan underneath, and you are ready to change your oil. A floor jack to put upward pressure underneath the engine and the swingarm is ready to swing. Possibilities are only limited to your needs. I have pictures, if I can figure out how to get 'em in this post...
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:04 PM
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How does this assist you? Seems like working around those boxes would be a pain. I change my oil on my kickstand, with a drain pan on the floor, or jack it up to change tires, etc.
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:16 PM
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Well Slayer...in my simple way of thinking - I like to have the room under the bike to slide an oil pan or other maintenance implement into place and having the bike more stable than on the kick stand. The racheting tie-downs maintain the bike vertical. And as far as the boxes getting in the way - for me, it is better to have the bike up in the air...

Bottom line is that it works for me and I thought I would share the idea!
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Cool man,to each his own do what makes you happy
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:42 PM
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See where it could come in handy..
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i like it.
be great for the riding mower (replace blades etc.)
cost next to nothing and the man has a place to sit down and enjoy a properly chilled beer.
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Old 11-18-2009, 07:23 PM
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That's a cool idea! If you mounted a wheel chock to the front "box" you wouldn't need to deal with the ratchet straps...or atleast be able to handle it by yourself.
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wow. your buddy could lay in the middle and you could jump him after maintanence. I use and E-Z stand sometimes.
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good idea. I understand the concept. It keeps the bike up and you off the ground and a little platform to throw tools.
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Now that is redneck style!! Not being Offensive! I'm from Alabama and that looks like somthing someone would do down there. I like the Idea myself. wish i had thought of that before i bought a jack.
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