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    Default Make your own trike lift/cheap

    I cut up a 4X4 board 15 inches long three (3)times..

    Then using a jack, lift up the rear of your trike and place one cut 4X4 under each wheel and than lift up the front of your bike and place the last cut 4X4 under that wheel.......

    This makes your trike now four inches higher, and still be level............... this give you more room underneath to work under it and room to service it..

    You can also double that amount and make your trike 8 inches higher, and it's still level

    Cost is next to nothing, and sure beats spending a couple of hundred dollars for a lift.......... just a suggestion here!!

    Ronnie

    7/17/22

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnerboy View Post
    I cut up a 4X4 board 15 inches long three (3)times..

    Then using a jack, lift up the rear of your trike and place one cut 4X4 under each wheel and than lift up the front of your bike and place the last cut 4X4 under that wheel.......

    This makes your trike now four inches higher, and still be level............... this give you more room underneath to work under it and room to service it..

    You can also double that amount and make your trike 8 inches higher, and it's still level

    Cost is next to nothing, and sure beats spending a couple of hundred dollars for a lift.......... just a suggestion here!!

    Ronnie

    7/17/22
    Ronnie, I have been considering the same solution (8” lift). My only question is, does the 8” lift, under the wheels, give adequate clearance for fluid changes. Al

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olddog View Post
    Ronnie, I have been considering the same solution (8” lift). My only question is, does the 8” lift, under the wheels, give adequate clearance for fluid changes. Al
    I'm an oil/fluid changeOHLIC, oh yea, been doing it this way for years now, .....Sure beats trying to change oil and filter when it's on the tires....you still gotta lay on the floor to remove filter and oil bolt , but your 4/8 inches higher (depending on if your using one 4x4 or two).. having a board under each wheel keeps it level, an oil catch pan, fits easily under the bike..........



    It just makes it easier to service, when bike is elevated, the 4 or 8 inches...........[again, this is just a suggestion/idea] that I'm throwing out to everyone.. OR you can spend the $1000,'s for a real lift..........

    Ronnie

    7/18/22

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    For the cost of lumber today, you buy a real lift, so you can stand up to do that oilchange

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnerboy View Post
    I'm an oil/fluid changeOHLIC, oh yea, been doing it this way for years now, .....Sure beats trying to change oil and filter when it's on the tires....you still gotta lay on the floor to remove filter and oil bolt , but your 4/8 inches higher (depending on if your using one 4x4 or two).. having a board under each wheel keeps it level, an oil catch pan, fits easily under the bike..........

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    It just makes it easier to service, when bike is elevated, the 4 or 8 inches...........[again, this is just a suggestion/idea] that I'm throwing out to everyone.. OR you can spend the $1000,'s for a real lift..........

    Z

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjvw View Post
    For the cost of lumber today, you buy a real lift, so you can stand up to do that oil change
    My knees and back tell me this is the way to go.

    But being and avid woodworker my garage is full of wood working machines.

    I would truly love a "real lift" but I'm not selling any of my woodworking tools to fit one in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnerboy View Post
    I cut up a 4X4 board 15 inches long three (3)times..

    Then using a jack, lift up the rear of your trike and place one cut 4X4 under each wheel and than lift up the front of your bike and place the last cut 4X4 under that wheel.......

    This makes your trike now four inches higher, and still be level............... this give you more room underneath to work under it and room to service it..

    You can also double that amount and make your trike 8 inches higher, and it's still level

    Cost is next to nothing, and sure beats spending a couple of hundred dollars for a lift.......... just a suggestion here!!

    Ronnie

    7/17/22
    I did the same with 6x6

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    I use car ramps. Back up onto the ramps, lift the front end with a jack and secure. Nice thing about that is I can lower the front end a little so the oil will drain out more. Plenty of room to work.
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    Default Raise a Trike

    I want to Harbor Freight and got three moving dollies works great and you can move your trike any were you like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG DENNY View Post
    I want to Harbor Freight and got three moving dollies works great and you can move your trike any were you like it.
    Aaaaaaaaaaa (another great idea )

    Thank you

    Ronnie

    9/12/22

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