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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-13-2010, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle Lift?

I've got to replace the ignition coil, and stator on my bike. Was looking at Center Stands (Thinking about the one from K&L). I was also looking at motorcycle lifts, and saw one, with fairly great reviews posted all over the net, for 370. I'm not normally the type to get things from HF that I want to last, but this seems like a pretty good deal, people have used them for years and still love them.

Does anyone here on the forum have one, and have anything to say about it? I know I don't NEED it for my repairs, but I do have a few injuries that having the bike lifted up will make me much, much more comfortable and faster.

Any help is appreciated, Thank you All!
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-13-2010, 03:47 PM
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I never heard about the one you mentioned but I found this. You don't need a compressor to raise it, it's hydrolic. It prolly takes a little bit to lift it, but it's a foot pump so who cares right? It's cheaper than the one you got up there at $350 too. Worth a look:

http://www.discountramps.com/motorcycle-lift-stands.htm
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That's very similar to the one I'm looking at, and I read up on it, the public reviews are very dissatisfied. If anyone has that and likes it I'd love to know.

Here is the one I am looking at:

http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...ift-91764.html

I checked it out in-store this morning, seems decent, and sturdy.
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I don't really like those Platform lifts, you lock your front tire into it, they are stable, but you can't really use it to remove the tires, front/rear. For all other repairs and stuff they work great.

I have an ATV/Motorcycle lift, its a LARIN brand, I bought it at Mills Fleet Farm, on sale for $79, normally like $119. It works great, i put it under the bike, start lifting it up, then use ratchet straps to secure it to the stand, lift it up more and lock it into place. It works great for my 4wheelers too.
I used it a while back to do my spline lube and to take both my tires off to take them in and have my new rubbers mounted. The bike went on the stand friday afternoon, and came off tuesday night, so it stayed on the lift for about 4 days. I was lucky cuz it rained all those days so i didnt miss any good riding days, lol.

Anyway, heres a link to the lift from cyclegear.com website:
http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...cycle/ATV_Lift
They want $139 for it, but if you go to Fleet Farm or any other local places you may find it a bit cheaper, even more if its on sale.

I'd like to note, that you may think its a cheap lift and you get what you pay for, but i was at the Harley D. shop and they have one just like it, but black with the orange HD logo on it, and a $599 price tag!! Freaking ridiculous!I asked the guy who the manufacturer was, he said it was manufactured by Harley Davidson and is a great quality lift, i continued looking at it, and hidden on the steel structure was LARIN.
I just started laughing!!

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I think they both have their place, the platform type & the jack type, I only have the jack type but my son has bought a platform type...
I have a back that don't take kind to stooping, and the platform type is really great for wrenching on the sides and changing the oil & filter etc., but as stated the jack type is best suited for the tire change and some other stuff, IMHO...
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Here's the one I have from HF. It's alright. Does what it's supposed to do for the number of times I have needed it. Yes, it's made in Taiwan (or somewhere over there), but it is inexpensive and seems ok.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1500-lb...lift-2792.html

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I got this one at Farm and Fleet. works great

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I have the yellow alum. one from Sears, a bit more expensive than the cheaper ones, no better I think, but a bit lighter for this ole tired back...lol...
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Here's the one I have from HF. It's alright. Does what it's supposed to do for the number of times I have needed it. Yes, it's made in Taiwan (or somewhere over there), but it is inexpensive and seems ok.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1500-lb...lift-2792.html
I bought this one a couple years ago and used the heck out of it. The only problem I had with it wasn't motorcycle use related. I tore the 3/4" square spreader tube off the front arms. Darn tube had a a very thin wall on it (<1/32"?), welded in a new 1" x .120 wall tube. My fault, I had a heavy unbalanced load on it.
To use this lift on a VN, I had to use a couple of wood blocks on the top to clear the starter and center stand mount.
I would still give it a
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ATV lift from HF.

This is what I have and it works OK.

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