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I can't begin to remember how many years I used plastic milk crates to work on bikes. I have a floor jack now. An actual lift would be way too professional for me. Make me think I was employed again. lol
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Never even thought of milk crates. They're 12 in high though. I scavenged some cinder blocks from a dump a month ago. That will get me up 16" and be easier to go straight in with the trans while sitting down comfortably.

I bought some big screw eyes for the ceiling and next need some Harbor Freight tie straps to keep the bike from tipping off the blocks. The big jack I have lifts with 1/2" or so to spare, so that will work.

Right now the car is in the shop for the past week needing an A/C pump. I'd simply bypass it but they can't find a belt short enough. Just the pump alone is $850 for a hoopy Scion. A blown A/C pump clutch bearing will disable the car from even starting and make a loud as hell howl before it gives up. I could feel the vibration through the floorboards and steering wheel. When the bearing locks up it spins on the nose cone of the pump, wrecking it. It puts enough force on the belt to stall the motor.

My wife is really good about me spending money on the Sportster because she loves riding. It's me that is noogy about it.

Also need a new computer. A new artesian well pump would be nice. $3600. It still works but I don't feel we should rely on it at it's age. Probably will spend money on the bike before the well pump
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Never even thought of milk crates. They're 12 in high though. I scavenged some cinder blocks from a dump a month ago. That will get me up 16" and be easier to go straight in with the trans while sitting down comfortably.

I bought some big screw eyes for the ceiling and next need some Harbor Freight tie straps to keep the bike from tipping off the blocks. The big jack I have lifts with 1/2" or so to spare, so that will work.

Right now the car is in the shop for the past week needing an A/C pump. I'd simply bypass it but they can't find a belt short enough. Just the pump alone is $850 for a hoopy Scion. A blown A/C pump clutch bearing will disable the car from even starting and make a loud as hell howl before it gives up. I could feel the vibration through the floorboards and steering wheel. When the bearing locks up it spins on the nose cone of the pump, wrecking it. It puts enough force on the belt to stall the motor.

My wife is really good about me spending money on the Sportster because she loves riding. It's me that is noogy about it.

Also need a new computer. A new artesian well pump would be nice. $3600. It still works but I don't feel we should rely on it at it's age. Probably will spend money on the bike before the well pump
I can't remember the last time I even saw a cinder block. Probably back in the early 50's. Nobody uses them these days because they break too easy compared to concrete blocks. Note: if you really do have cinder blocks, do not use them to support anything that you plan to get under because they will break and leave you pinned under the bike.
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I can't remember the last time I even saw a cinder block. Probably back in the early 50's. Nobody uses them these days because they break too easy compared to concrete blocks. Note: if you really do have cinder blocks, do not use them to support anything that you plan to get under because they will break and leave you pinned under the bike.
Thanks I checked them. They are concrete. You can tell by weighing them. Cinder is 28 lbs and concrete is 40 lbs.

My Dad always called them cinder blocks growing up, so that's why I called them that.
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Thanks I checked them. They are concrete. You can tell by weighing them. Cinder is 28 lbs and concrete is 40 lbs.

My Dad always called them cinder blocks growing up, so that's why I called them that.
Yes, they were a dark specked charcoal gray color and very light (as a kid I liked carrying them better than concrete ones). Your dad was most likely around when they still existed. They were never structural, they were always for landscaping or building sheds for animals as I remember.
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