Where Are The Lift Points?

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Where Are The Lift Points?

Postby GearShifter » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:05 am

Hey guys,
I have an '89 VTR that has no oil left in the forks so I'm getting everything together to replace the seals and refill them. My question is, where is it safe to lift the bike? Another bike I have has a frame that goes under the engine and I raise it by tilting it from one side to the other while placing wood blocks under the frame until the front wheel is off the ground. The four tabs/fin on the bottom of the oil pan look like very breakable aluminum. Is it OK to lift the bike from the oil pan or do I need a special jack?
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Re: Where Are The Lift Points?

Postby John Hilmer » Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:32 am

I've used the pan many times without any problem.

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Re: Where Are The Lift Points?

Postby spotthedogg » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:36 am

I assumed that the pan was shaped that way to sit on blocks
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Re: Where Are The Lift Points?

Postby squirrelman » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:29 am

Anytime fork oil leaks, you probably need to clean off your brake rotor and pads with spray and rags or have much weaker brakes. :?
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Re: Where Are The Lift Points?

Postby Bronco638 » Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:39 am

The oil pan is cast aluminum and certainly capable of supporting the bike enough to lift the front wheel off of the ground. I have some big 6" x 6" blocks that worked well. Just remember that with the bike supported by the pan and the rear wheel on the ground, it's pretty easy to tip the bike over.
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Re: Where Are The Lift Points?

Postby GearShifter » Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:52 am

Thank you all for the replies! I went ahead and used the oil pan and its holding up just fine 8-) It seems the rear tabs on the pan are almost the balance point since very light pressure on the front of the bike causes it to rock forward. Thanks for the tip on the brakes squirrel! The bike did have rather poor braking performance.
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Re: Where Are The Lift Points?

Postby VTRamen » Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:47 pm

Just thought I'd mention that a couple of the tabs are broken on my oil pan from a previous owner. I'm not sure how they got to be that way. They definitely can break off, though.
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