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  • Offline Coconut   gb

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    Raising the Front Wheel for Cleaning / Maintenance / Winter Storage
    on: Oct 25, 2017, 09.53 pm
    Oct 25, 2017, 09.53 pm
    The Title says it all - I wanted a method of raising the front wheel off the ground for :
    Cleaning ( e.g. "Bobbins" ),
    General Maintenance ( e.g. spinning the wheel to check for warped discs ), and for
    Winter Storage - to take the weight off the wheel and remove any risk of
    flat spotting the tyre when left standing for prolonged periods / over the Winter.

    I considered Paddock Stands ( I don't have any ), but it is not recommended to use a front one
    without also using a rear one, for stability ( apparently ), so I made a "Support Rod"
    that can be inserted into the hollow front axle, with Axle stands at either end to raise
    the front wheel off the ground by 1 - 2cm ( Trophy on the Centre Stand ! ),
    which also leaves the rear wheel off the ground too !

    I'm fortunate enough to have a small lathe in my garage,
    and found an old bar of Aluminium that I machined to do the job !



    I don't really have the time , material, or inclination to make any more,
    but I have included a drawing below, showing the relevant sizes !

    The Axle Stands were purchased from Amazon : 2 Ton rating with "Ratchet" mechanism.
    ( 14.49 delivered ! - They are the perfect size ! )

    With the Trophy on the Centre Stand and the front wheel set straight ahead,
    the Support Rod is inserted from the right side, and the Axle stands at their lowest setting
    are positioned underneath.  Then simply lift the supporting "arms" of the Axle stands up
    and under the Support Rod, and keep lifting to raise the wheel off the ground -
    the ratchets then lock into place and hold the wheel up off the ground  :028:

    It's a little trickier to lower it again, but by holding one side of the Support Rod
    to take the weight, the left Axle stand ratchet can be released, then with your free hand
    the other ratchet can be released and the wheel lowered to the ground  :002:

    Photo's :

    Left Side ...


    Right Side ...


    Wheel Raised :


    Measurements :


    The section shown with a dotted line at the left side provides a recess for the Axle stand
    to locate into on that side, with the intention of preventing lateral movement
    of the Support Rod, once it is bearing the weight of the front wheel onto the Axle stands.
    The width of that section is made to suit the size of your particular Axle Stand.

    Last Edit: Dec 07, 2019, 11.49 am by Coconut

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    Re: Raising the Front Wheel for Cleaning / Maintenance / Winter Storag
    Reply #1 on: Oct 25, 2017, 10.39 pm
    Oct 25, 2017, 10.39 pm
    Love your style Coconut.........and your inventiveness.  :821:
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    Re: Raising the Front Wheel for Cleaning / Maintenance / Winter Storag
    Reply #2 on: Oct 25, 2017, 11.33 pm
    Oct 25, 2017, 11.33 pm
    Hey Coconut,

    Beautiful machining work!!  I never had a lathe at home but studied to be an apprentice machinist and made a similar piece from D2 tool steel where I cut the threads for different kinds of nuts.  Never did follow in that profession and now wish I had.  Very innovative device you set up.  You continue to amaze me!

    Best Regards,
    Gary

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    Re: Raising the Front Wheel for Cleaning / Maintenance / Winter Storag
    Reply #3 on: Oct 26, 2017, 07.53 am
    Oct 26, 2017, 07.53 am
    Excellent idea!

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    Re: Raising the Front Wheel for Cleaning / Maintenance / Winter Storag
    Reply #4 on: Oct 26, 2017, 08.23 am
    Oct 26, 2017, 08.23 am
    As usual well done Alan  :821:
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    Re: Raising the Front Wheel for Cleaning / Maintenance / Winter Storag
    Reply #5 on: Oct 26, 2017, 08.39 am
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      neat job,    :028:
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    Re: Raising the Front Wheel for Cleaning / Maintenance / Winter Storag
    Reply #6 on: Oct 26, 2017, 10.02 am
    Oct 26, 2017, 10.02 am
    Great idea Coconut. :028:

    I don't have the Ally bar you mention but I do have the very same Axle stands and M8 stud bar that fits perfectly through the front spindle. :062:
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    Re: Raising the Front Wheel for Cleaning / Maintenance / Winter Storag
    Reply #7 on: Oct 26, 2017, 10.56 am
    Oct 26, 2017, 10.56 am
    Very elegant solution and from the look of your very neat garage in line with what I'd expect from a proper engineer.

    Being a mere mortal I solved it with a little platform jack under the front pipes, I'm hoping rocking back slightly on the center stand will not put too much strain on the exhaust components?

    I use a ratchet socket and raise the front wheel a few cm's, which works very easily for me.

    Love, light and kindness,

    Dave
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