Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Province of Ontario, Canada
does anyone here routinely use a floor jack under the muffler, with a wood cushion, to raise the bike for repairs? i have a strap down device i bought from harbor freight for stability, but was cautious about damaging something by putting the weight on the muffler and its supports.
any opinions, based on experience sure would be appreciated.
I lift my bike from under the right side foot peg mount to tripod it on front wheel and kick stand. This was secure enough to do rear suspension work. I would imagine lifting under the muffler would dent it.
For regular maintenance I would suggest putting spools on the rear swing arm (10mm size, except for 2015 or later biker that are 8mm). The rear swing arm is threaded for these. Spools are ~$10 on eBay and will help protect the swing arm in a drop. Lift with a rear pit stand under the lifting spools. For starters this puts the bike upright and in a good position for maintenance and is easier to get the bike up on and more secure.
Last edited by twowheels; 03-06-2017 at 08:25 AM.