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post #1 of 7 Old 09-11-2012, 02:53 AM Thread Starter
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Lifting Bike with Engine Guards

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Just purchased a 2010 KLR and absolutely love it! Have a quick question on how to properly lift the bike. My KLR came equipped with SW Motech engine guards. The lower arms of the engine guards run parallel to the frame and hang a little lower than the frame. That said, if I place my Craftsman motorcycle lift under the bike and try to raise it, the engine guards will essentially be bearing the load of the entire bike. Is this safe? Will I damage the bike in any way by putting the entire weight on the engine guards?

What I am trying to do is replace the moose lowering pull rods that the previous owner had installed with the stock KLR pull rods. Also, he had lowered the front end by sliding the triple clamp down. I will be raising the front end to stock as well.

Really appreciate the advice. Will post pics of my ride soon, as I have cleaned up the cosmetics a little!

Thanks,
Isaac

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-11-2012, 03:30 AM
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My assessment may not be useful, Isaac, but . . . just by INSPECTION, the engine guards' purpose is to PROTECT your bike in the event of a crash at speed against unyielding ROCKS; thus, I'd expect the engine guards to be capable of suviving the kinder, gentler, elevation from your lift!

CAVEAT: Not responsible for any consequent damage from lifting your bike! On the other hand, you can probably bend the guards back into shape, if lifting distorts 'em.
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-11-2012, 09:16 AM
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Hi,

Just purchased a 2010 KLR and absolutely love it! Have a quick question on how to properly lift the bike. My KLR came equipped with SW Motech engine guards. The lower arms of the engine guards run parallel to the frame and hang a little lower than the frame. That said, if I place my Craftsman motorcycle lift under the bike and try to raise it, the engine guards will essentially be bearing the load of the entire bike. Is this safe? Will I damage the bike in any way by putting the entire weight on the engine guards?

What I am trying to do is replace the moose lowering pull rods that the previous owner had installed with the stock KLR pull rods. Also, he had lowered the front end by sliding the triple clamp down. I will be raising the front end to stock as well.

Really appreciate the advice. Will post pics of my ride soon, as I have cleaned up the cosmetics a little!

Thanks,
Isaac

I have the SW Motech guards on my 08. I set my lift so that it's all the way back touching the front of the peg bracket. Most of the weight is supported by the frame on that side of the lift. The bars do rest on the side of the lift towards the front of the bike but don't flex.

I do have a skid plate on mine that hangs a bit lower than the frame. Still I don't see a problem lifting it without a plate.


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Thank! Really appreciate the quick response. My thoughts exactly, the engine guards should be strong enough to for being used for lifting, however, thought I would verify. Measure twice, cut once!
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Thanks Spec! I will use your recommendation and place the lift arms close to the rear end, under the footpeg points on the frame. Thanks again for the quick responses! Great site with knowledgable members!
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+1 to spec, I have the Motechs as well and lift mine the same. Most of weight on lower rear of frame.


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Hi,

Just purchased a 2010 KLR and absolutely love it! Have a quick question on how to properly lift the bike. My KLR came equipped with SW Motech engine guards. The lower arms of the engine guards run parallel to the frame and hang a little lower than the frame. That said, if I place my Craftsman motorcycle lift under the bike and try to raise it, the engine guards will essentially be bearing the load of the entire bike. Is this safe? Will I damage the bike in any way by putting the entire weight on the engine guards?

What I am trying to do is replace the moose lowering pull rods that the previous owner had installed with the stock KLR pull rods. Also, he had lowered the front end by sliding the triple clamp down. I will be raising the front end to stock as well.

Really appreciate the advice. Will post pics of my ride soon, as I have cleaned up the cosmetics a little!

Thanks,
Isaac
Hi Issac! Ive found the best way to lift my bike when needed is to squat down on the left side, grab the front tire with one hand,the rear tire with the other hand and straighten my legs while also keeping my back straight in approved lifting style....Just kidding I have lifted my 2011 KLR (the lightest model) just as you are suggesting with no problems! Carry on Mate!!
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