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    Is anyone using a DIY overhead lift (say from ceiling joists) to raise the bike front end? What slings are you using? I am thinking of adapting a light duty hoist (uses 1/8" aircraft cable) since front wheel stand does not work due to asymmetrical forks. Appreciate learning from your experience.

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    A DIY overhead lift may be a step ladder and a couple of ratcheting tie straps

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    I've used eye hooks in the joists and ratchet straps in the past, but really the best way to get the front wheel off the ground is with a steering stem stand. The horn is in the way on the FZ09, but I think most people have relocated their horn anyway. I haven't used an under-the-fork-leg type of front stand in many years. I never liked them. The bike is much more stable on a stem stand.
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    I have something set up in my garage that could be used for doing that. I have Olympic rings attached to the ceiling for working out and if it can hold my 200lb weight moving and bouncing it could surely hold half of a 400lb bike. I attached 2 2x6's across 2 rafter joists and then attached 2 pipe nipples to each board and then added elbows and pipe between the nipples. I attach my straps to the pipes and my rings attach to the adjustable straps. Not sure if that is clear, but yes it could be done, but I agree a good front stand is probably more practical, more expensive, but more practical.
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    Something like this?

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    we have one at work that is chained through the supports on the ceiling

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    Ratcheting tie down straps.

    Take one under the triple clamp, up around between the tank and handlebars, and back under again. Connect the tie down hooks to the hook from the hoist - and use the ratchet side to equalize the tension. Use another strap and go around the handlebars at the their mounts and then up to the hoist.

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    I made one of these to service the forks on my friends FJR1300. Cheap and easy. Took me 5 minutes to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustWantToRide View Post
    Ratcheting tie down straps.

    Take one under the triple clamp, up around between the tank and handlebars, and back under again. Connect the tie down hooks to the hook from the hoist - and use the ratchet side to equalize the tension. Use another strap and go around the handlebars at the their mounts and then up to the hoist.
    Thanks, this is useful. My plan was to use a surplus hand winch (worm gear type) mounted on a wall and lead the cable to overhead position with 2 pulleys on the ceiling. Then drop a web sling under the triple clamp. I had not thought of securing the bar ends as you suggest. Now I see that if the handle bars are free it will be awkward working on the wheel. I have all the parts except the sling. I can fit web straps to bar ends or even use the Canyon Dancer (a pig to use on the wide bar. Whatcha think?
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