One-Hander Engine Lift

From More Manufacturing. Simply Remove and replace your V-Twin engine One Handed!


22 Responses to “One-Hander Engine Lift”

  1. 1 Bobfather May 4th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    That’s one slick piece, simple and easy to use plus a real time, back, knuckle and paint saver.

  2. 2 Chris Zeppa May 4th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Cool. Is it the way they do it at Harley?

  3. 3 Kirk Perry May 4th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Good tool. A lever-handle lets the motor down too. If you just lowered a hydraulic (bottle) jack down, from the bleed-valve, the motor would drop too fast.
    Very good idea.

  4. 4 T May 4th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I like the back strain, sore muscle, and bloody finger feeling of pulling a motor. Maybe I only do it once every couple of years but it always turns into a fond memory.
    I guess if I built bikes for a living……………………

  5. 5 Lyle May 4th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Whatever happened to suspending it from the hoist using the top motor mount?….

  6. 6 Nicker May 4th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Cool for frames with room at the top.

    But some vintage stock frames need to have the motor rotated out.

    What then….???


  7. 7 Conrad May 5th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    I agree Nicker.. What about on the bikes some of us build that need to be “jimmied” into place due to tight spaces? Yea Id rather do it by hand not to mention all the tim involved during this video. I dont have 2 minutes to place an engine in place. I like to pick it up turn around and place it. SIMPLE

  8. 8 Bobfather May 5th, 2009 at 1:49 am

    I’ve been building bikes with just about every type of frame made for a long time now and can’t remember a frame where there isn’t enough room to lift the motor off the mounts. Even stock frames have enough room to lift the motor enough to rotate it off the mounts the way he showed. I’ll take those 2 minutes to place a motor and not ruin the frame’s finish, guess some of you guys don’t care about that. I’ve seen and tried numerous ways to pull and install complete motors and this ranks near the top for ease of use.

  9. 9 Nicker May 5th, 2009 at 2:36 am


    Well, that could be.

    But, years ago i watched a friend wrestle a pan motor back into a (relatively) stock frame.
    A procedure more like a monkey trying to mount a coconut.

    More to the point, the 42FL out in the shop has pan uppers. Haven’t tried it yet but don’t see any way there’s enough room to lift the sump clear of the lower rails…. 🙁

    Damned thing needs head work.
    You’re welcome to come by and show me….. 🙂


  10. 10 A 1 cycles May 5th, 2009 at 8:05 am

    nice tool, but as above most big inch engines with thick cases and tall decks have to be slid and rotated into custom frames..they just dont drop in..i wish they did but they dont. and its only 190 pounds…i just wouldnt spend the money unless i was in a production atmosphere..great engineering though. very slick piece

  11. 11 Grayhawk May 5th, 2009 at 8:21 am

    What about the last of the Shovel motors,(1982-1983), Shovel motors in the new fangeled FXR frame, 1st year for the new frame, with the FXR/EVO type tranny to motor mount set up between the motor and tranny, not sure you could just lift it up and in in that case.

    But do like the looks of the lift as it should work in a majority of cases and sure is smarter than taking a chance on nicks or back injuries if user friendly. Has anybody demoed one beside seller? If it works it works, I am all for tools that work to make life easier. Should clear all modern day bike lifts?


  12. 12 FUJI May 5th, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I would think that more of you would have some respect for the value of this lift. What about getting your “anebriated ” girl friend out of your wifes bed. Now whats the value!

  13. 13 Grayhawk May 5th, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Fuji, pretty mild evaluation by most here as most are just pointing out how they execute the task and in identifed cases there is a few issues but as stated should work in a lot of situations, Builder might also look at possiblility of having a horizontal sleeved split above the crank that would allow for a bit of twisting an turning at height may add a few additional usage applications minus the tall motors of course. Assuming you can lock in the height while rotating.

    And your right I need to go get them both out of the bed they have slept in long enough.


  14. 14 Lyle May 5th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Lets see it work on an early 80’s Sportster with that deep sump between the frame rails and minimal clearance over the heads.

  15. 15 Steve Carr May 5th, 2009 at 10:42 am


    This device was not designed for sportsters . I can see many benifits from this lift, yeah sure there will always be something about any tool that wont work with something, But overall, this is a very helpful device and can be used for most V-Twin engines.

    The easiest and safest way to install a sportster engine into a frame is to lay the engine on its side (primary side) , then lower the frame over the motor, bolt the rear of the motor in, stand the frame upright, job done. One man operation with a sportster motor.


    Steve Carr
    Lightning Rod Motorcycles

  16. 16 Conrad May 5th, 2009 at 11:15 am


    I have built more bikes than I can count and I have also built several customs and I can tell you that this wont work for 95% of my prostreet style oneoffs. As a matter of fact on a bike I am working on in the shop right now you have to remove the rocker box on the back cylinder to allow it to fit in the frame then reinstall it once it is in. Only 1 companies rocker box set up will even allow us to do this as well. This damn sure is not the first time for that.
    BUT this is besides the point here. YES it is a “cool” tool but it is not the first time it has been made. I have seen several of these style tools at dealerships. This just happens to be the first that someone has marketed

  17. 17 Grayhawk May 5th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I have a thought or question for you guys that build your own frames and tanks in a tighter package, have you ever given any thought for those that like the tight close package look, say prostock as noted, to raising the back bone on the frame to give you the clearance to work fast and efficent on the top end and/or pull the motor out without the burdens of a tight fit.

    When fabbing the tank just by dropping the outer sides of the tank down with a rolled inward edge to achieve the esthetics you like but with 1″ plus drop sidelip down from the real bottom of the tank you pull the tank and lots of clearance and maintain the tight package look ????


  18. 18 Steve Carr May 5th, 2009 at 4:30 pm


    That’s just too easy to think like you do. The way to do things is to make them as hard as possible, and then try and improve on things as an afterthought. Seems like the hard way is the “Cool” way.

    Steve Carr

    Lightning Rod Motorcycles

  19. 19 Chopper Kid May 5th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Nice tool, haven’t checked to see how much it cost but if you ever get a hernia, how much does that cost if you have to get it fixed not too mention how much do you loose when you can’t do very much normal work for six weeks or when you try to do too much too quick and retear your repaired hernia. Some of you are basically saying that it is a waste of money but each of us know if it would be worth having for ourselves or not and if you can build a bike you could easily make this tool. The real question would be do you have time to make the tool?
    All in all, it is a nice piece. And so far it might be made in America by a small business owner which is a good person to support.

  20. 20 Lyle May 5th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    It’s one more tool for the toolbox that you can sometimes use sometimes not. And like most, there’s always another way. Not being critical but putting big twin engines in is way easier than putting sportster, honda 750, or Indian engines in. If you use the tool enough, it’s worth the money but for only putting a few in now and then, it’s not and there’s other ways to put big twin engines in by hand without damaging the frame. But my hats off to them for bringing another tool to the list of options.

  21. 21 J May 6th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Wow, that’s sweet- can see the butchy boys getting all offended that they no longer have to curl a motor, but for me, I won’t miss it- I’ve generally been laying the bike on its side and bolting/unbolting from there, but this will go into my shop- as an earlier poster alluded, I just don’t need the hernia/back issues, plus it sucks to nick my stuff up if I have the motor in and out multiple times….. Thanks for the tip!

  22. 22 Jeff Nicklus May 11th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    What am I missing here?

    Allow me to demonstrate the “Nicklus” method of installing a V-Twin motor in any custom or stock frame. Listen and learn:

    Quote: (while using a firm voice say) “Will someone grab this damn engine and stick it in the frame please ….. like now!” … followed by a sincere “Thank you … good job.” ….

    There you have it …. no muss, no fuss, no back strain, no pulled muscles! Job complete! Management shines through once more and labor has a sense of accomplishment along with a strong “at-a-boy” … a win- win situation for all.

    I must admit that on occasion I even amaze myself!

    Over & out,


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