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Default K&L motor lift gate with manual winch

When I removed the motor from one of my 79 Ironheads to have it completely restored, I resorted to the old method of laying the bike down on the right side, undo all the mounting bolts and lifted the frame off the motor.

However I’m now going to invest in a motor winch to put the motor back in. In the future I will be doing this type of work more frequently and in the winter months I simply do not have the space in my garage to use the lay down method.

With that in mind I have the following question:

Has anybody ever worked with the following K&L tools:

K&L 35-9940 Lift Gate with 35-9952 Winch/Cable

https://www.motorcycleid.com/kl-supp...n-35-9940.html

If so, I would love to find out how your rate working with them.

The reason I picked K&L is simply because I use and have used a lot of their equipment and I’ve been always very happy with it.

I can get things cheaper at say Harbor Freight but you’ll get what you pay for.

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First time I have seen such a tool. Pretty interesting, like a mini gantry crane. I can see multiple uses. I might need one.
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I don't understand how this would be useful for removing and replacing a motor on any bike with a loop frame. All of them have to come in from the side.

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Interesting....

My son uses a mobility scooter. When he was in high school, I bought a used scooter lift similar to this one and figured out how to mount it inside the back of his Honda Pilot so he could lift his scooter in and out. It gave him the ability to go where he wanted to go without having to have somebody along to get his scooter in and out of the car.



With a push of a button on a wired remote controller, the lift arm pivots out and extends. A heavy strap attached to a stepper motor drops down, attaches to the scooter, and lifts it up off the ground. The arm retracts and the arm and scooter pivot into the vehicle.

The Honda Pilot is long gone, but I kept the scooter lift. I'm pretty sure I can build a stand of some kind for the lift, and an attachment that bolts to an Ironhead motor so it can lift it slightly. Once the motor is dangling in the air, the rest of the bike can be slid to the side.

One of these days I'll see if I can get it made and working...
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It never ceases to amaze me.

I ask a very simple question and get all kind of replies that have nothing to do with an answer to my question.

If I was interested in your thoughts on how to put a motor into a frame, I would’ve asked that question to begin with.

Over the years I have removed and installed several Ironhead motors. I’ve always done this using the laydown method. That has been very well explained elsewhere on this forum.

Works extremely well accept it requires more floorspace than I have available in the winter.

I asked a very simple question. Anybody out there that can actually answer it.

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Well. Usually. If youtube don't have a video on it.
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...torcycle+motor

All I can say is good luck. Never had cause to use one myself. I can call some 20 year texicans to help me pick up motors and throw em in a frame.
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Well. Usually. If youtube don't have a video on it.
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...torcycle+motor

All I can say is good luck. Never had cause to use one myself. I can call some 20 year texicans to help me pick up motors and throw em in a frame.
Thanks for your reply.

1. I am looking for a motor HOIST, not a bike LIFT. (Already have that.)
2. I don’t live in Texas.
3. The object is to put motor in the frame BY MYSELF any time if the day or night.
4. I do not want to spend more than $500 for a hoist that can do the job.
5. It has to be USA made.

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the K&L looks real handy.i've had similar results using a come-a-long suspended from a pair floor joists.it didn't cost me anything.
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the K&L looks real handy.i've had similar results using a come-a-long suspended from a pair floor joists.it didn't cost me anything.
I have several come-along’s I use for big game hunting.
However, I do not trust the strength of the 2x4 rafters in my garage.

Thanks for your reply though.

Still waiting to hear from somebody that has actually used that K&L equipment.

Thanks again.
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