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    I saw a small (approx. 1 foot long) ramp in a motorcycle rag. The purpose of the ramp, is to function like car ramps you use for working under the car. When a motorcycle is chopped or lowered, you can not longer get a lift jack under it, so this small ramp lifts the bike about 3 inches so that the lift can slide under the frame of the bike again.

    I want to build one of these. Considering chopped bikes run about 500 pounds, and full-dressers that are lowered go up to about 750 pounds, what thickness of plate should I use? Of course, the ramp would only have to support a fraction of the total weight, and since it usually goes under the rear wheel, it get the "lighter" end of the bike.

    Attached is a picture of the one I saw that I want to use as a template.
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    Chop it and ride it,
    Tim

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    Lincoln SP135T
    Miller Spectrum 375

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    Looking at that pic I see .....

    A ramp that is short and somewhat narrow - as compared to say a car ramp.

    Diamond Plate - driven surface

    Smooth Plate - sides

    What ya don't see and is there is what is inside that ramp.
    You should be able to built some sort of box frame, maybe with angle with a ramp also from angle leading down. Than wrap it in 1/4" plate on bottom and sides, and diamond plate on top. This I am sure is overkill.

    Rethinking this after looking at a car ramp sold at aucto places, 1/4" probably is overkill.

    The diamond plate in that pic is probably sitting on some sort of subframe.

    We ride bikes as well and I guess when ya put a bike up on that ramp, you have some sort of block as well under the sidestand?

    I wonder if you could build the sides and bottom of that ramp out of one piece of material, bent in a brake. They weld in the diamond plate ramp. Prior to welding in the plate, put is some side bracing and perhaps a cross brace for the plate to rest on???

    Just some thoughts as I have never had a 'lowered' bike. Heck the last bike I bought needs to be lowered 3".

    I had to 'tippy-toe' at stop lights for a while until the suspension softened up a bit!

    This is one tall ride---> http://www.cmgonline.com/articles/CM...rom_rhs_bg.jpg

    But it's can go where my Gold Wing cannot go .... and I can throw it around like a feather!!!!

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    • #3
      Not to take anything away from the metal world, but I just keep a couple of 2X6 boards (which when stacked are 3") with a miter cut to act as a "ramp" on to the end of the board. Works great for lifting my 650lb 1100 up just enough so that I can get an oil pan under it. It might work just as good to get you up enough to get a jack under it. SSS
      Last edited by SkidSteerSteve; 11-24-2006, 09:55 PM.
      Bobcat 250, MM 210, Syncrowave 180, Spectrum 375
      Cat 242B Skid Steer, Challenger (Cat/Agco) MT275
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      • #4
        Originally posted by SkidSteerSteve View Post
        Not to take anything away from the metal world, but I just keep a couple of 2X6 boards (which when stacked are 3") with a miter cut to act as a "ramp" on to the end of the board. Works great for lifting my 650lb 1100 up just enough so that I can get an oil pan under it. It might work just as good to get you up enough to get a jack under it. SSS
        Yeah, that's what I do currently to get my chopped Fatboy up on the lift. I would like to build something out of steel just for the exercise of it though, and it would look a little more professional sitting in my garage ;-)
        Chop it and ride it,
        Tim

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        Lincoln SP135T
        Miller Spectrum 375

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        • #5
          You know, there'll have to be a trip to chromer to make it really nice....

          Post some pics when you get it done.

          SSS
          Bobcat 250, MM 210, Syncrowave 180, Spectrum 375
          Cat 242B Skid Steer, Challenger (Cat/Agco) MT275
          1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

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