Lifting the VT1100 level - Honda Shadow Forums : Shadow Motorcycle Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
RichardL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 310
Garage
Lifting the VT1100 level

I picked up a center lift a few months ago so I could work on the bikes. The lift worked great for mw wifes VLX but I hated how it lifted my VT1100C so I set out to correct that. Below are pics of what I did. Hope it helps someone else.

First I got some UHMW plastic stock. This stuff is realy tough, I then drilled and tapped it for 3/8" bolts. The white paint is to make the block easier to see.


Next I drilled mounting holes in the lift and bolted the spacer block in place.


Plenty of clearance for the oil filter.


A very stable and level lift.

RichardL is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 04:41 PM
Member
 
rockbobmel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Greenfield, MA
Posts: 174
I just got a Crafstman jack and want to do this mod. Is the jack against the motor on the front?

Bob Melnik -- 97' VT1100C2 A.C.E.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-C...33950486659663
rockbobmel is offline  
post #3 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 09:10 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tecumseh, Michigan
Posts: 1,271
the crankcase hanging below the frame is the problem with lifting the shadows. There are several posts on here about making brackets for your jack so you lift on the frame.
For changing the oil, some 2x6's for the wheels and kick stand are the cheapest and probally one of the most stable.

dgraves49 is offline  
post #4 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 09:51 PM
Member
 
rockbobmel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Greenfield, MA
Posts: 174
Been changing the oil with a 3 in pan. I'm gettin this UP this winter. Jack came with straps!! Way cool.

Bob Melnik -- 97' VT1100C2 A.C.E.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-C...33950486659663
rockbobmel is offline  
post #5 of 39 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 11:14 AM
Member
 
rockbobmel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Greenfield, MA
Posts: 174
Quote:
Originally Posted by dgraves49 View Post
the crankcase hanging below the frame is the problem with lifting the shadows. There are several posts on here about making brackets for your jack so you lift on the frame.
For changing the oil, some 2x6's for the wheels and kick stand are the cheapest and probally one of the most stable.
I have the hardest time doing a search here. I get better results on google and that has links back to here. I see the OP has a mod that just shime the back portion of the frame. I thought I read somewhere that you needed to shim both front and back.

Bob Melnik -- 97' VT1100C2 A.C.E.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-C...33950486659663
rockbobmel is offline  
post #6 of 39 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 12:10 PM
Senior Member
 
adlowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Southeast Michigan
Posts: 7,848
Quote:
Originally Posted by rockbobmel View Post
I have the hardest time doing a search here. I get better results on google and that has links back to here.
You can "instruct" Google to look here by appending " site:hondashadow.net" to the end of your search.

Art's 1999 Shadow 1100 ACE
.

Ride bell by Dr. Bob's Patient
adlowe is offline  
post #7 of 39 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 04:49 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Palatine, IL
Posts: 8,384
Quote:
Originally Posted by rockbobmel View Post
I have the hardest time doing a search here. I get better results on google and that has links back to here. I see the OP has a mod that just shime the back portion of the frame. I thought I read somewhere that you needed to shim both front and back.
You need to shim up the front not the back. You can do both if you want to get the bike level on the lift but the front has to be shimmed so that the engine is not resting on the lift.
jpr1968 is offline  
post #8 of 39 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 06:32 PM
Member
 
Supernintendo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Tucker, GA
Posts: 95
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by jpr1968 View Post
You need to shim up the front not the back. You can do both if you want to get the bike level on the lift but the front has to be shimmed so that the engine is not resting on the lift.
RichardL: thanks for DIY pics. Your lift does indeed look nice and level. But is the engine resting directly on the left? It appears so.

jpr1968: sounds like you're not onboard with jacking up the engine directly. Is this bad for the bike?

Thanks guys
Alan

'01 VT1100C Shadow Spirit
Supernintendo is offline  
post #9 of 39 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 06:51 PM
Member
 
rockbobmel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Greenfield, MA
Posts: 174
It does not show details but I had to custom carve the side 2x4s to clear the bolts/heat guard and kick stand spring. I finally got it screwed and glued then bolted to the jack. What a PITA, but it's DONE!!

Bob Melnik -- 97' VT1100C2 A.C.E.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-C...33950486659663

Last edited by rockbobmel; 02-04-2015 at 08:36 PM.
rockbobmel is offline  
post #10 of 39 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 06:56 PM
Senior Member
 
gat803's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 5,554
Quote:
Originally Posted by Supernintendo View Post
jpr1968: sounds like you're not onboard with jacking up the engine directly. Is this bad for the bike?
Do you really want to take a chance on breaking a very expensive and difficult to change out, aluminum engine case.

Never lift a bike by the engine.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Michigan...


gat803 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Honda Shadow Forums : Shadow Motorcycle Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome