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Swapping the frame on an '05 SV650...

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    Swapping the frame on an '05 SV650...


    Never laid hands on an SV until I picked up this wreck a few months back:



    I'm replacing the frame, front end, exhaust, rad, and some other bits. So basically full disassembly and then rebuild around the new frame.

    Any tips/tricks on supporting the frame while removing and then installing the engine? I was thinking something along the lines of removing the donor rear, installing on the new frame along with the new front end, then I can support with stands to do the engine swap. But then I can't keep the rear up on the donor. Jacks under the frame sliders might work for both frames, but pretty sure the bolts pass through the frame & engine.

    Other thought is supporting everything on the engine with a hydraulic car jack - dicey but possible.

    I don't have overhead beams that I would trust with the weight, and not too keen on the ladder trick.

    Obviously I haven't thought this through which is why I'm asking - anyone gone through this with any wisdom to share?

    Pretty sure I have the special tools needed. Trying to be prepared for this project instead of placing 73 small orders over 10 months.

    Should be an afternoon job right?

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    Re: Swapping the frame on an '05 SV650...

    jack stands on the foot pegs

    Front stand under the triple

    scissor stand to lower the motor

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    Re: Swapping the frame on an '05 SV650...

    If I can drop/reinstall a GSXR750 motor myself using a couple hydraulic car jacks and front/rear stands, I'm sure you can too. Just use some wood to make a "cradle" for the engine so you aren't putting a ton of weight on the oil pan or any other one location via a hard metal jack pad.

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    Re: Swapping the frame on an '05 SV650...

    Cool, thanks! Yeah, I'm not too worried about pulling it off just want to minimize cursing and wrench throwing and such things.

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