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Need suggestions for a way to lift a somewhat heavy prop

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Greetings all,

Just starting to plan some new things for this year's haunt, and saw the 2017 motorcycle rider from Home Depot and wanted to make my own version. I picked up a kid's bicycle that looks kind of like a chopper and plan to modify it and add a skeleton rider. I would really like to rig up something to "lift" the front tire up (like he's going to pop a wheelie), but don't know what would be the best way. It doesn't have to be fast or violent (like a pop-up), just raise up a bit, and then go back down. I thinking probably something pneumatic (unless someone has another idea for me), but I have never worked with pneumatics and don't know the first thing about doing it. The hubby has an air compressor, so there's that...
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Linear actuator or maybe even a wiper motor with a ball joint linkage are other options.

fright props has mechs for all kinds of motions and you can either moint the prop to it or copy it with your own materials.

I am not an expert when it comes to this but I have hacked together a few props.

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