Converting a Floor Jack to a Motorcycle Lift
Converting a floor jack into a motorcycle lift can save you a lot of money, and is not as difficult as it might seem. It requires a bit of work, but with the right tools and some patience, you can make your own lift. This guide will walk you through the process step-by-step.
Tools and Materials
Before you get started, you’ll need to gather the necessary tools and materials. You’ll need a floor jack, some angle iron, bolts and nuts, a drill, a saw, and a set of wrenches. It’s also helpful to have some basic welding skills, as you may need to weld some of the components together.
Step 1: Preparing the Floor Jack
The first step is to prepare the floor jack for the conversion. Start by removing the handle, wheels, and any other components that are not necessary. You may need to use a wrench to remove some of the bolts. Once the unnecessary components are removed, inspect the jack for any signs of damage or wear. If there are any damaged parts, replace them before continuing.
Step 2: Making the Lift Platform
The next step is to make the lift platform. This is the part of the lift that the motorcycle will rest on. Start by measuring and cutting the angle iron to the desired size. Make sure that the angle iron is wide enough to support the motorcycle. Once the angle iron is cut, use the drill to make holes for the bolts. Then, use the bolts and nuts to attach the angle iron to the floor jack.
Step 3: Installing the Lift Arms
The next step is to install the lift arms. These are the components that will hold the motorcycle in place. Start by measuring and cutting the angle iron to the desired size. Make sure that the angle iron is long enough to reach the motorcycle’s frame. Once the angle iron is cut, use the drill to make holes for the bolts. Then, use the bolts and nuts to attach the angle iron to the floor jack.
Step 4: Finishing the Conversion
The final step is to finish the conversion. This includes welding any components that need to be welded, adding any additional safety features, and testing the lift. Once the conversion is complete, you can use the lift to safely and securely lift your motorcycle.
Converting a floor jack into a motorcycle lift is a great way to save money and have a custom-built lift for your motorcycle. With the right tools and some patience, you can make your own lift. Just remember to take your time and be careful when working with tools and materials. Good luck!