Inexpensive yet very useful hydraulic jacks...
for use in servicing your BMW Airhead motorcycle
© Copyright 2019, R. Fleischer
Above are two inexpensive 'bottle jacks'. A 12 inch tall 'square' is in the center of the photograph, and a 12 inch ruler below to give you an idea of size. These two jacks happen to be the versatile types that have tops that screw-down into the jack pistons and those jack pistons are shown with jack pressure released, that is, down.
Making an anvil if your jack does not have a particularly useful one, as in the photo, can be simply made from a piece of iron pipe, cut with a hacksaw to make a half round length. This can be much nicer than the bent metal type in the right side of the above photo that I made in a couple of minutes. The hacksaw-cut type is also described in this article. The jack on the left has a top I made from aluminum stock.
Below is a photo of my small scissors jack. It is rated at 2 tons. I find this jack quite useful. I have made a curved cradle for the anvil top of this jack, as shown. As on my other jacks, the curved cradle is rotatable. This jack cost only a few dollars a bit more than the inexpensive bottle jack type I discuss in this article. Note how small this floor jack is....and it is also not very tall.
To make useful jacks for all sorts of work on your BMW motorcycles, I suggest you purchase a small scissors jack as shown, and also purchase the smallest (lowest height) hydraulic bottle jack, all at your nearest auto-parts store, WalMart, etc. For the best versatility, if you have a choice, get the shortest bottle-jack, and the type that has a screw top that you can extend upwards.
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