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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Lifting the Tbird to work on....

Greetings,

I just bought a nice Bike/ATV lift from Sears. It's rated for 1500 lbs, so it will handle the weight no problem.

Any pointers on lifting the bike? do you tie it down to the lift itself, or to something more substantial? Like links mounted to the concrete...

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I have the same lift and tie the bike down to the lift.

That way I can move it if need be.

When you lift, make sure that the weight of the bike is not being lifted on the pipes.
I place a couple of blocks of wood under the bike so that the weight is being lifted on the sump.

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In my situation with the Bonneville, if I remove the front wheel with the back wheel on the bike, the whole business wants to tip backward. I get around this by supporting the back wheel with whatever is handy--lumber, some bricks, etc--after I raise the bike.

When lowering the bike, release the hydraulic valve very very slowly. There's a very narrow window between it being closed and the lift going down much faster than you expect.

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I went to my dealer and they said that Triumph approves of the Tbird being lifted, with the weight resting on the pipes. He showed me 3 different work platforms, and the floor jack is the most popular....


I use it for cleaning the bike and polishing the rims... No heavy work

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Hey hagatha, clean bike. I have the same lift and am always worried about the sump. It's good to know that Triumph condones using the pipes to support the bike.
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