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Old 11-16-2014, 06:38 PM   #71
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No, just used self-tapping screws into the aluminum frame of the door.
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Old 11-16-2014, 06:50 PM   #72
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We had to add the 3/4" plywood to our dwarf car trailer. The 1/8" thk alum would bend after driving the car up on it. Total wt of car was 1100# on 8" wide tires.
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:09 PM   #73
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I could see how that would happen. Mine will have an 800# and a 500# motorcycle going over it, so hopefully it won't be an issue. I could affix a plywood spacer/strip to the areas where the wheels will cross, if it becomes necessary.
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Based strictly on our experience, you will find that just walking on the extension will bend it. It didn't take us long to find it out. Ended up having to remove it and bow it back flat and add the plywood, we also had to add a 1 x 1 x 1/8" angle around the 3 exposed edges to keep from chewing up the plywood on gravel, dirt and concrete.
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Old 01-03-2015, 06:25 PM   #75
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Completed the last piece of the "let's make sure the Harleys are secure while moving" puzzle today: added two strips of etrack across where the rear wheels of the bike will sit during transport. Then I can secure the rear tire from moving laterally with the etrack strap/clip combo. Between this and 4 tie down rachet straps, I'm thinking the bikes aren't moving--hopefully. The dirt in the garage is making me nuts--I drove both bikes in there on Thursday and the yard was a weird combo of frozen and muddy. Too cold to get the hose out there and rinse it down!
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Old 01-03-2015, 08:05 PM   #76
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Completed the last piece of the "let's make sure the Harleys are secure while moving" puzzle today: added two strips of etrack across where the rear wheels of the bike will sit during transport. Then I can secure the rear tire from moving laterally with the etrack strap/clip combo. Between this and 4 tie down rachet straps, I'm thinking the bikes aren't moving--hopefully. The dirt in the garage is making me nuts--I drove both bikes in there on Thursday and the yard was a weird combo of frozen and muddy. Too cold to get the hose out there and rinse it down!
Hi Mr. T, I've been considering how to stop my scoots rear tire from moving laterally... literally! It has in the past. I can see with two bikes this could get ugly real fast!

My tiedowns are original.. only... they seem OK to me. I do only tie down a 750# Thunderbird. With the roll-on condor sitting on the floor up against the front wall; I only ratchet left and righ handlebar using factory tie points with softies on the bars. I run the straps quite loose, since I've learned, years ago, not to bottom out the bikes front springs... but do arrange the straps... in such a manner to prevent the hooks from coming off the tie points.

Last trip, the back tire didn't move, so maybe that is solved. At the rear with a long strap from one side tie point, I tie it off at one rear tie point; run the strap 3 times around the back tire; then ratchet to far side, snuggly.

It was muddy here a few days ago, but now dryed out pretty well... they say it 80 here today but I think it was only 78

I am recovering from a nasty cold, so don't get too close to your monitor!

I worked on my XLR last couple of days adding 4 slide out drawers on the bed platform, 2 each side and a hidden storage compartment for valuables, etc. All is built, just waiting for the paint to dry. I will take some pics and post them tomorrow. The drawers I used (to save time and money) were from an old family chest of drawers and fit almost perfectly. I think my grandfather might have built the chest, but not sure. I didn't destroy the pieces and could put them back into the chest of drawers in the futuure.

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Finally got around to mounting the diamond plate ramp flap on the bottom of my door today. Hopefully, it'll make the ride in and out a bit less scary!
How did the ramp flap hold up, Mr. T? My only issue with the ramp is ground clearance to the bike. I don't really like cranking the tongue jack almost all the way to keep the bike from scraping. My bike has less than 8" ground clearance.

I thought of making a wooden ramp "riser" not sure what to call it, something like the picture... probably 2x4 cut to this shape and as many bolted together as needed... or even plywood on plywood ribs, which would be considerably lighter. Leave it loose so you can move it where it needs to be on the ramp and it would be easy to store.
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The flap did seem to make the exit a bit less scary. It was weird--the rubber surface on the door was very cold, so were the bike's tires, so it was like the tires wanted to skid on the way out instead of grip. But the flap was definitely a success, no sign of bending yet.

As for the break over problem: I haven't had that issue with either the Street Glide or the wife's Sportster, and both are pretty "low" bikes. The XLR does have a "beaver tail" at the rear, about a foot and a half, which I'm sure helps. The only other way to level things out (besides your design there) would be to affix some type of block at the bottom of the ramp to raise it up and lessen the angle. Good luck!
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Nice! Are you Amish by chance? (That would be odd, considering your regular postings on the Internet, but maybe your "Modern Amish.")
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