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I'll be taking a 5 day solo trip through and around Eastern Ontario next week. I was considering building a screw jack to lift the rear wheel for chain lube while away from home. I discussed my idea with me very handy neighbour, and he came up with this:



He used a heavy duty turn buckle (total cost $5.64) It is galvanized steel. The top end he opened to cradle the spool. Welded a nut at the top to store the key when not in use. And the "foot" is from the brake peddle from a buddy's bike that got dropped and bent last year. Creative stuff, eh? Compressed for storage it is about 10 inches long.





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Whatever works! If I ever get the need for a portable jack, I like this one that Weljo posted... http://www.packjack.ca/

Looks much easier although more expensive.

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Just my humble opinion but...I think your chain will survive a week without being lubed.
clever idea though.
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Saw this one on a thread a while back. Liked the simpleness of it.

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I think the OPís Turn-Buckle unit is the best design Iíve seen. It has a great range of adjustment and a good foot for a less-than-perfect road surface and the screw-lift ought to make for a very easy one-man operation without the chance of knocking the bike over (just be sure to place it at an angle so that the bike doesnít want to move forward & roll up the side stand).
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Agreed.

And I think you could adjust it first. Then tilt the scoot and have it slide into place. Hence no need to crank it up under load.

But I also like the idea of the Red one. Especially if you put a loop or whatever to hook to the spool and use as stated above.

Also the Packjack idea can be made for less than ten bucks. (not up to date on the price of alum). DAMHIK

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Whatever works! If I ever get the need for a portable jack, I like this one that Weljo posted... http://www.packjack.ca/

Looks much easier although more expensive.


If anyone decides to get the packjack. Don't order on-line.Call them to order the adjustable model they don't have on the web-site. The versys is a little to tall for the normal packjack to work correctly.

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Making one of these is on my long to-do list. I think I saved about 20 pictures of other peoples work and will probably use a little bit of each to come up with my own.
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I made one out of wood, a piece of 1x2 birch I had kicking around (I'm a carpenter). If I could figure out how to upload picture I could show you. Oh well.

Cool unit ATYC. You'll have a great trip in NE Ontario. The roads around Barry's Bay are a hoot.
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I didn't mention earlier that this one compacts small enough to go under the seat, which for me is a major plus.

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I like that a lot. Cheap, easy, and effective. Time to go get my welder out.....

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If anyone decides to get the packjack. Don't order on-line.Call them to order the adjustable model they don't have on the web-site. The versys is a little to tall for the normal packjack to work correctly.
I take it you have tried both?

I am not sure I understand "too tall" with a 17" rim and the spool under the swing arm.
Is its because of the excessive slop in the side stand?
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I take it you have tried both?

I am not sure I understand "too tall" with a 17" rim and the spool under the swing arm.
Is its because of the excessive slop in the side stand?
That could be it. My bike leaned way over due to the fact where my kickstand bolts on that area was bent.

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Maybe the amount of sag in the shock? Mine moves quite a bit initially with pretty light pressure to the seat.
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If you have not totaly decided on bringing a device to lift the rear wheel.
And you have a riding partner.
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Have them stand on the left side and pull to lean the bike on to the side stand
and you spin rear wheel while you lube the chain.
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There is also the "good enough"
spray, roll, spray, roll, spray, manual method.

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That could be it. My bike leaned way over due to the fact where my kickstand bolts on that area was bent.
Got a picture of the "adjustable" version by any chance?
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Got a picture of the "adjustable" version by any chance?
Nope sold both of them. I was heading back to puerto rico and wouldn't have any need for them and my best friends boss and a buddy of his wanted them for a trip they were going on. I will be ordering another one though.

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I you have not totaly decided on bringing a device to lift the rear wheel.
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And you have a riding partner.
Have them stand on the left side and pull to lean the bike on to the side stand
and you spin rear wheel while you lube the chain.
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There is also the good enough spray, roll, spray, roll, spray, manual method.
Roll, spray, roll, that's me. I'm halfway down the driveway before I get it all...
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I'd assume most use a lift stand @ home.
For me
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@ home: lift stand
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on the road: buddy lift/lean or
spray, roll, spray, roll, spray
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I'm not carrying another metal item that
adds weight & takes up space and
that's not a necessity.


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I just use a piece of pvc pipe, cut to the correct length. It's very light weight and it works. I store it in my side bag.

Before I tilt the bike over, I lock the steering lock, and I put a rubber band on the front break lever (holding the brake on), to be sure the bike does not roll off the side stand while I'm lubing the chain.

And if I'm feeling OCD that day, I will find a piece of scrap paper or tourist brochure and put it between the chain and the muffler before spraying the chain. The muffler will stay cleaner that way, and it keeps the vaporizing fumes from the lube hitting the hot muffler out of my eyes and nose.
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