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A few times now I've seen an ATV vertically, on it's back wheels strapped to a pallet (presumably for shipping).

I've always wondered how they do it?
I realize that it can be simple enough to do with a powerful running machine (stand on the rear carriers and flip the throttle), but I've seen quite a few quads which look like non-runners vertical. A couple of strong guys just lifting it up?
 

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I've set mine on the tail before, to install the skid plate. I locked the brakes, and lifted the front, tilting it back until it set on the rack. If it were a heavier ATV, it might have taken 2 people.
 

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Thanks for the reply.

Really. It's that easy? Don't most ATV's weight at least 200kg?
Is there some kind of knack to it? Or is just a case of "knees bend, back straight, LIFT!"?

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Literally just lift in one quick movement, rest your foot on the axle as it's nearly up just to steady it as the carrier touches down.
I can do mine without the park brake being on now, just have to be quick lol.
 
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Also make sure, if your ATV is so equipped, that you switch the fuel selector (on the filler cap) from on to off- this will keep fuel from coming out of the vent.
 

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there is no real magic here, and yes some atv's can be VERY heavy
I ONLY lift with parking brake set too, so nothing rolls away as your lifting!

so to lift, you either muscle the front end up and get them on there tail, or you be smarter and use other things besides your back
some folks will use a winch to something above them to lift, , get help from a buddy or two?

I personally lift mine alone but cheat some what, I drive the atv up onto something to get the front end part way up, and that takes the HEFT out of things for me
two cinder blocks work well

next and things to THINK about before trying this
IF you have a FULL tank of fuel , there is a GOOD chance its going to drain out the tank vent
if its carb'd model, it can come out the carb too, if you DON"T run the carb DRY by turning fuel peacock off and run the system dry

NEXT, if you have a aftermarket trailer hitch on it, MAKE sure it doesn't stick out too far, or when you get the atv UP on its tail it will NOT sit flat the center of the hitch will make it roll to the side gravity will take it to and FLIP the atv on you IF you don't hold onto it

NEXT< and something I gather MANY forget about, is when your MOTOR is in that position for a LONG time, oil can drain past things and into places it shouldn;t really be

so, IF you leave an atv sitting on its tail for a LONG time(you make the call) its BEST to let it back down on all 4 wheels as normally would be for a little while and let oil drain back into correct places!

never seen anyone in my area use a pallet either to sit them on one?? I honestly wouldn;t use one, due to if ONE board breaks, it can tip it over on you, or as weight sits on ONE board more than others, it can cause it to bend over time, wood warps? and that could lead to tipping again

I would want it on its tail on a solid surface, truck bed, trailer decking or the likes if transporting it that way! and I would use several ratchet straps to hold it securely!
 

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@mrbb that has got to be the most comprehensive description of how to up-end an ATV ever :) :)

All good points. Hadn't thought of using the ATV version of "Viagra" (help in getting it up LOL). I'm guessing driving the ATV up "car" ramps would do as well. And then lifting it from there. Hadn't thought about fuel leakage or oil level either, so all good comments :)
 

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@mrbb that has got to be the most comprehensive description of how to up-end an ATV ever :) :)

All good points. Hadn't thought of using the ATV version of "Viagra" (help in getting it up LOL). I'm guessing driving the ATV up "car" ramps would do as well. And then lifting it from there. Hadn't thought about fuel leakage or oil level either, so all good comments :)
HAHAHA< figured I make it rather detailed for anyone that????

and yes you can use ramps to help get them up, BUT problem is, say if you stick ramps on your tailgate of a pick up truck, GETTING in front of ATV is a tight spot!, you have to sort of crawl under the ramps get between them and then its a bench press lift LOL
more work that I tend to like to do
but yes that can work too

ALSO< since most ATV"s are pretty stiff up front, you can some times get away with just driving ONE front tire up and HOPE the balance stays upright and then lift easier
but its NOT the safest way of doing things!
 

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I can lift the 300's and 350 Rancher's up no problem. Rubicon is a bit much at 700+lbs lol
I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought this lol. I got it about half way and said it's not worth blowing my back out lol
 
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Uh hu ^^^^^ i use a two speed hand winch..... Blew mine out once, never again....
 
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