RAMPAGE POWER LIFT RAMP
INSTALLATION AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
The Rampage Power Lift Ramp is the fast, easy, and safe way to load a motorcycle into a truck. One person can load or unload a bike, and one person can usually install or remove the unit by themselves.
The Rampage can be installed in a long bed truck (8 ft), short bed truck (6 – ½ ft), or a very short bed truck (5 ft – 4 in). With any truck, the tailgate can be left on or removed. For long bed trucks, the tailgate can be closed for travel, but must be removed for operation of the unit.
Note: The Rampage Power Lift Ramp is designed and tested to handle motorcycles that weigh NOT OVER 1000 POUNDS, and to mount to a flat support bed or frame NOT OVER 39” HIGH. Do not exceed these weight or height limits without consulting the factory and getting written approval. The unit can be mounted to bed heights over 39”, provided the unit is installed on a slope, with the winch end higher than the back end (see below). Please call us for instructions.
PARK FLAT - The unit is designed to operate properly on flat, level ground. Parking on a slope can cause unsafe operation.
BE CAREFUL: DECIDING WHAT TO LOAD INTO THE TRUCK, WHAT TRUCK TO USE, HOW TO SECURE THE LOAD IN THE TRUCK, AND HOW TO SAFELY DRIVE THE TRUCK, ARE ALL THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OWNER AND DRIVER.
RAMPAGE POWER LIFT RAMP DIVISION OF PROTOTOOLS CORPORATION MAKES NO CLAIMS OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THESE SUBJECTS, AND LIMITS ITSELF TO THE OPERATION OF THE RAMPAGE UNIT ITSELF.
The installation procedure is simple, and can be accomplished with a few tools and 2 hours of time. Any hitch shop and most mechanics can handle the job easily and inexpensively. It is best if you have a professional do the job, but many people can handle the installation by themselves. The steps are:
Inspect the shipping skid or crate for damage. If it is damaged, make a note of it before you take it apart, and if possible, take pictures of the damaged area. Then uncrate the unit and inspect it for shipping damage. If any damage is detected, report it immediately to the shipping company and to the factory. If possible, take pictures of the damaged parts of the unit. The Rampage unit is extremely strong and difficult to damage, so even if the crate is damaged, it is unlikely the unit is damaged.
UNPACK AND GET READY:
Unpack the Rampage unit and locate the following parts:
Note: There are low friction skids on the bottom of the base frame that are part of the unit. Do not remove these skids.
You will also need:
If the installation requires a direct frame mount, consult the factory for assistance.
Rivet Nuts are only for use in standard sheet metal truck beds. For fiberglass or any other material, use bolts, oversized washers, and nuts to mount the unit.
The Rampage comes assembled and tested. To install it in the truck can be accomplished with a lifting device (forklift, crane), lots of manual labor (2 – 3 people), or by disassembling the unit and handling each piece separately (1 person).
In these instructions Front means the end of the unit closest to the winch and the truck cab. Rear means the other end of the unit closest to the truck tailgate.
MAIN COMPONENTS OF THE RAMPAGE
THE PIN SYSTEM
Pull this pin out for the ramp to go into the truck. Insert this pin when the ramp is extended, and you are loading or unloading the ramp
a. Remove the Roll Frame end rollers. The two end rollers are held in place by hex bolts with nylon insert nuts.
b. Roll the Wheel Carriage out the end of the Roll Frame and set aside.
c. Re-Install the Roll Frame End Rollers so you can use them next to move the Roll Frame around.
a. Remove the Guide Pipe lock bolt from the Guide Pipe Support located closest to the front end of the Roll Frame.
b. Remove the Guide Pipe by pulling it through Guide Pipe support at the front of the Roll Frame. (old photo - the guide and the pipe are now centered)
a. Position the Base Frame in the truck bed side to side in the center of the bed, midway between the wheel wells.
b. Position the frame front to back so that the Roll Frame extends to the ground without hitting the end of the truck bed or tailgate.
1) Long bed – Rear end of the frame inside the bed and just touching the closed tailgate. For very high bed trucks, it may be necessary to leave the gate off, or to mount the Rampage on blocks above the bed.
2) Short bed (tailgate left on) – Rear end of the frame inside the gate ½ - 1 ½ inch from the end of the tailgate.
3) Short bed (tailgate off) - Position the front end of the frame immediately next to (1/2”” gap) the front of the bed or bed liner.
4) Extremely short bed (tailgate on or off) - Position the front end of the frame immediately next to (1/2” gap) the front of the bed or bed liner.
2. Remove the winch cable guide roller next to the winch. There is a mounting hole under this roller.
3. Mark and drill the Rivet Nut mounting holes (metal beds). There will be three (3) Rivet Nuts in the front mounting channel, and one Rivet Nut in either the middle mounting channel or the Rear mounting channel, depending on the bed length.
SAFETY NOTE: THE HOLE SIZE IS CRITICAL. IT MUST BE 17/32 INCH.
Take care to position the holes so the rivet nuts will sit on a flat surface and not on a formed face in the bed. Move the Rampage unit sideways if necessary to assure the center hole be over a flat surface.
a. Drill one hole in the bed through the center hole of the front mounting channel.
b. Drill two additional holes in the bed through the front mounting channel, one through each of the two mounting slots. The slots are provided to make sure you can put the bolts in flat surfaces. Put the holes as far away from the center as possible and still sit in the middle of a flat surface.
c. Drill one hole through the center hole of the middle mounting channel or, if in a long bed truck, through the center hole of the rear mounting channel
Note: No holes are drilled in or attachment is ever made to the tailgate.
VERY IMPORTANT: Rivet Nuts must be installed directly on the sheet metal truck bed with no plastic or bed liner material between the nut and the metal. If there is a spray-on liner, scrape away the material completely in the immediate area where the nut will go. This is critical to the safe installation of the Rivet Nut. ą Do not use Rivet Nuts in any bed material except standard sheet metal beds.
PROPERLY INSTALLED RIVET NUT SEEN FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE TRUCK BUD
Install the electrical:
1. Mount the winch solenoid box to the left side plate of the base frame.
a. Attach two coupling nuts to threaded studs on the bottom of the winch box.
b. Insert two button head screws through the side plates, and bolt to the coupling nuts on the winch box. Note the button heads will be on the inside of the side plate.
c. Orient the solenoid box so that the connector for the winch remote control faces towards the rear of the truck. You may need to relocate one of the mounting studs in the solenoid box.
A quick-disconnect plug is attached to the winch cables, and another quick-disconnect plug is attached to one end of the battery cables.
2. Route the battery cables from the truck bed to the engine compartment using your preferred method.
3. Locate power distribution studs in the engine compartment.
4. Cut the cables to length and attach the copper lugs. Be sure to verify you have the polarity correct.
5. Connect the two disconnect plugs together to provide power to the winch.
6. Insert the winch remote control into the connector on the solenoid box.
7. Verify the winch winds up the cable when you press the red button on the winch remote control. It will unwind the cable when you press the black button. If you prefer the other direction, switch the wires on the winch motor.
THE RAMPAGE WILL NOW BE PROPERLY INSTALLED
AND READY FOR OPERATION
RAMPAGE POWER LIFT RAMP
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS (3/10/07)
The operation of the unit is simple, and one person can load or unload a heavy motorcycle quickly and easily. You will need two (2) good quality, heavy load tie-down straps, and two soft loops to secure the bike to the Rampage. In addition, we use the following parts, which are included with the unit.
1. Pin – 5/16 X 1 long – For Ramp Load/Unload
2. Pin – 5/16 X 1 – ½ long - For Truck Load/Unload
3. Pin –3/8 X 2 long - For Cradle Latching and Travel Safety (2 uses)
4. Winch remote control
12. Strap the motorcycle to the Cradle tie down arms. Use heavy-duty straps with a rated Working Load of at least 1000 pounds.
On bikes with much fairing, such as Classic and Ultra Classic Harleys, you can attach to the cross member between the forks, taking care to route the straps, or soft loops, around any brake lines or wiring. If an air scoop is in place, remove it first. It can be removed and re-installed easily. Alternately, the handlebars can be used to tie off many bikes.
Be sure to secure the bike to a point above the front shock absorbers. The motion of the Wheel Cradle will pull down the shocks and tighten the straps. Be sure to not over-tighten the straps and run the shocks out of travel (bottom out). This could result in damage to the bike or a broken strap.
13. Adjust the left side (kick stand side) strap to slightly loose.
- Verify the bike is straight and stable. If the bike isn't straight, let it back down to the ground and adjust the straps
- Verify the shock absorbers still have some movement and aren't at the end of their stroke. If the shocks have bottomed out, let the bike back down and adjust the straps.
NEVER try to release or adjust the straps when the cradle is latched, or when the winch cable has tension on it. This could result in injury.
NOTE: THE WINCH CABLE MUST ALWAYS RUN FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE WINCH DRUM TOWARDS THE GUIDE ROLLER ON THE BASE FRAME. (SEE PHOTO). DO NOT RUN THE CABLE FROM THE TOP OF THE WINCH DRUM.
Continue pulling the ramp into the truck until the front of the Roll Frame hits the stop at the end of the Base Frame.
This procedure will take a few tries before you get comfortable with it, and then it becomes easy. Hold onto the handlebars with one hand to make sure the bike doesn't lean away from the kickstand very much while you are adjusting the strap settings. After a few tries you will be able to load a bike in a few minutes.
Unloading the bike is the reverse of the procedure listed above, however there are a few things to note:
STAND TO ONE SIDE OF THE ROLL FRAME, NOT BEHIND IT.
MAINTAIN TENSION ON THE CABLE AT ALL TIMES. If this is difficult, bump the winch to unroll a little of the cable at a time, and pull the Roll Frame until the cable is tight again.
As the Roll Frame moves towards the rear of the truck, it will get to the point where it pivots over the Base Frame rear rollers. If you control the cable, and keep it tight, the Roll Frame will descend towards the ground in a steady, safe manner. Once the Roll Frame wheels are on the ground, you can then pay out the Winch continuously.
THANK YOU FOR SELECTING RAMPAGE POWER LIFT RAMP!
WE WISH YOU SAFE AND HAPPY RIDING!
When a motorcycle is loaded in the truck, it must be secured to the truck at the rear and the front for transportation. Securing the motorcycle to the Rampage unit is only for loading and unloading the truck, and is not sufficient for transportation.
Inspect the winch cable each time you use it to make sure it is in good condition. It you question its condition, replace the cable.
Be careful. Don't rush. It only takes a few minutes to load or unload a motorcycle. Practice loading and unloading until you are comfortable with working the unit. Follow the procedure carefully, and use the locking pins exactly as specified.
Š Make sure the Rivet Nuts are properly installed and tightened in the truck bed
Š Tie down the motorcycle to the Rampage with heavy-duty straps. Use straps with a rated Working Load limit of at least 1000 pounds.
Š Set up your strap tension so you never fully compress (bottom out) the shock absorbers. If you over tighten the straps, you could damage the motorcycle, break a strap, or cause injury.
Š Make sure the motorcycle is in neutral before attempting to pull it up the ramp
Š When loading or unloading a motorcycle, always stand to one side of the unit, not behind it.
Š Maintain tension on the winch cable at all times when pulling the unit out of the truck. Inspect the winch cable each time you use it to make sure it is in good condition. If the cable becomes frayed, replace it immediately.
Š Always run the winch cable from the bottom of the winch drum, not the top.
Š NEVER try to release or adjust the straps when the cradle is latched, or when the winch cable has tension on it. This could result in injury.
Š Remember, the maximum load rating is 1000 pounds, and the rated maximum truck bed height is 39 inches.
Š Always tie down the front and back of the motorcycle to the truck for transport.
Š If your unit gives you any cause for concern, CALL US. Please don't take any chances with your motorcycle or your safety.