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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle jack mods for the Versys?

I have a KLR and recently bought a nice hydraulic jack to lift it for maintenance, mods and such. I got a Versys a couple of days ago and will need to change the oil soon. I think if i use the jack on my V that i will crush the exhuast or the bike will just fall off as soon as the wheels leave the ground. Has anyone jacked up their V? How did it go? Are there any mods i can make to the jack to lift the V? Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-07-2009, 11:43 PM
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Best bet is to invest in a rear stand.
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Check the thread on V stands/ T-rex stands. Great stuff!
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Can i borrow a dime?

I know a stand will work but I don't want to spend the cash on a new anything. I already have a great jack and i want to mod it to where it works with my new V (which is freaking awesome!!! man I love this bike.) I was hoping someone has encountered the same dilemma and was able to work out a solution.
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On past motorcycles, I've jacked them using a block of wood under the exhaust collector using a car jack. Not sure if it's a good idea for the Versys. I've also seen motorcycles supported by the footpegs on jackstands when aftermarket (fixed) pegs have been installed.

A quick check of the owners manual showed no mention of appropriate jack points.

Looks like you'll be the pioneer unless someone has figured it out on the UK Versys site.

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its not necessary to jack the bike up to do an oil change...have u got swing arm spools on it?...I would use them for jack points...I just use simple car axle stands myself...I lift the bike up and set the swing arm spools on them...gets my rear wheel off the ground a couple of inches...
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Here's a jack that I built for use on the Versys specifically. The bike needs to be tethered so it won't move back to front while on the jack. Maybe it will give you some ideas.

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It doesn't look like it would be very secure side to side either!
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It doesn't look like it would be very secure side to side either!
+1 a rear stand is not expensive. Repairing a motorcycle that fell over is expensive.

There are some places to cheap out, this is not one of them.

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It doesn't look like it would be very secure side to side either!
If you use it on a stand with the bike tethered it works very well.

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I think I'll probably mike one that will work with a lift but this project is still at least a month away. I'll try to remember to post some pics if it works out OK.

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Thumbs up

I was going to refer you to "dallasdon" for what he made , but I see he already checked in!
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Don, I see how that can work. Hacktracker, your logic is sound as well. I attached a pic of my jack in use to help spark a brain storm. I have to work every weekend for the foreseeable (<---Gotta love spell check) future, start classes on the 20th, and the day job... so I'm afraid I won't be able to work it out for a while. Thank you all for the suggestions and ideas!!! This forum rocks almost as hard as my Versys.
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That's the same jack I use. It lifts the Versys fine.



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It looks like you have the same lift that I do. I also use it for my KLR. Originally I was going to get the spools and manual lift but I think you've convinced me to go ahead and make an adapter for the Versys. It would seem like a shame not to go ahead and use the hydraulic model. Do you have a welder or access to one? It shouldn't be very hard to make something.

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Hey Bear, thats what I wanted to hear. Is it stable? You could kick the KLR when it's up on it. Did you mod your jack? Where is the jack coming in contact with the Versys? I'm pretty new to all of this and I don't want to learn the expensive way of how not to jack up your bike.

Spiderman, I have no welder or access to one.
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I wouldn't say it's stable enough to kick the bike while it's jacked, but stable enough to remove a wheel. The bike rests on the muffler. Obviously, the jack stands work better. Line your jack up under the Versys & see. There is a bit of wiggle room front to rear to keep the bike balanced (too far forward & the front lifts but not the rear & vice versa). It works in a pinch, but I would use stands if I had them. I think fabbing an adapter wouldn't be too hard. A couple of scraps of wood & a little imagination should do it...



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By the way, I don't jack my Versys when I change the oil...



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