Lifting the ACE-T

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Lifting the ACE-T

kunkies
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kunkies
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Joined: October 9th, 2005, 6:24 pm

April 22nd, 2015, 6:43 am #1

I purchased a motorcycle lift for my 2000 Honda Valkyrie GL1500CT about 6 months ago, love it.  Does anyone have experience with lifting their ACE-T with a lift?  Specifically, where do the parallel runners fit under the engine/frame to lift her up balanced, or do I need to create some type of adapter for it to fit?

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cotetoi
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Joined: October 7th, 2014, 9:58 pm

April 22nd, 2015, 7:36 am #2

I have one that I used for my 750 ACE but it won't work under the VT because there are several obstructions under there. You will need to place the lift under the VT to see where you need to be creative. You have to really watch the oil filter along the rear parallel and the radiator hose at the front. The VT has too much of a belly down there to make this a straightforward proposition. Other forum members prefer to lift the bike with an overhead pulley arrangement.
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Cleve
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Joined: June 18th, 2009, 2:57 am

April 22nd, 2015, 10:03 am #3

Best thing I've found for the T, $119 shipped.

http://www.derekweaver.com/bikers-garag ... ycle-jack/

I took a hole saw and trimmed the 2 taller height adapters to match the different heights of the T frame rails and still clear the motor. Also shaved the side of the left one to help clear the radiator hose. This thing is really stable and gets either end high enough to change tires or service the forks.

One could buy the plastic/nylon(?) material from somewhere like Enco and make the posts for your existing lift I suppose.
Last edited by Cleve on April 22nd, 2015, 10:08 am, edited 1 time in total.
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TrapperAH1G
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Joined: August 18th, 2016, 3:03 am

October 4th, 2016, 2:07 am #4

Hoping to reopen this thread.  I've looked at jacks and a couple of adaptor systems.  Since the manual recommends hoisting I'd like to know, from those who do hoist, where do you go on the frame?  I've looked in the front, middle and towards the rear and don't see any obvious lift points.  Do you use a spreader bar or hoist directly overhead?  Assume straps are used laterally to stabilize when up?

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allanbegg
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Joined: September 19th, 2009, 8:34 pm

October 4th, 2016, 8:52 am #5

I don't have a Tourer at the house, in order to take a picture and show you, so will try to explain.

I use two ratchet straps. One on each side and anchored to eye bolts I have mounted into the rafters of the shop.

For the rear, I use the chrome frame running along the outside of the fender.
I think it's actually called the rear frame extension.

There is enough room between the fender and the frame to drop the strap between the two. Once it drops down below the frame, just bring it back out to the side and lift if straight up, wrapping it around the bottom of the frame. This is easily done, when the saddlebag is removed. It's not so easy when the bag is still attached.

With that arrangement, the bike is very secure.

Allan
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Carolina Son
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Joined: March 27th, 2009, 10:16 am

October 4th, 2016, 4:34 pm #6

I have a chain hoist bolted to the rafters in my garage, I remove the saddlebags then attach a tie-down strap on each side to the saddlebag mounts. I hook the ends of the tie-down straps to the hoist hook, (now if needed I can use the ratchet on the straps to level the bike) then I just raise the rear as much as is needed. When working with the rear lifted I don't do anything to the front end, it will have a little movement but the bike will not fall over. If I need to work on the frontend I use the same set-up but attach the straps to the crash...I mean highway bars. I know I have pictures on the forum showing this, just not sure where they are. CS
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TrapperAH1G
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October 4th, 2016, 10:57 pm #7

Thanks to Allan and CS.  I have a clear idea how this is done now.  CS, I saw the pics of raising the rear end, just wasn't sure on the front.  Again, thanks to both of you for your time.
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