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post #1 of 5 Old 06-28-2013, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Which moto lift to buy - Prepping for complete tear down

Subframe bit the dust = motivation to do a complete tear down.

Problem is, I have limited time and will need to pick away at it over weeks. Which lift should i buy to keep it safely suspended while I work on it and then while I store it between wrenching sessions?

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-28-2013, 04:18 PM
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When I did work on my kickstand, I ran ratcheting tie-downs over rafters in my garage, to hold the bike upright while my kickstand was off, I just secured them to the handles on each side of the rear rack and tightened them snugly (my goal was to hold the bike upright, not use the garage rafters to support the weight of the bike or jack it up using the tie downs)

If you jack your bike up - no jack in the world will hold the bike upright securely or safely. It's not what jacks were designed to do, so it's not really a question of "what jack should I buy".
If you have your bike jacked up, and bump into it hard enough, it will fall over.

Now, if by "lift" you actually mean a lift table - that's a different story. I believe almost all of them include a wheel chock to hold the front wheel and lift the bike up - but the bike is then resting on the wheels, unless you also use a jack while it's on the table. Those cost hundreds, even thousands I'm sure for professional models.

So I'd jack it up with a cheap jack (I bought a Harbor Freight one for less than $80), and do what I did with the tie-downs to ensure it stays upright. $5 for some tie-downs. Cheap and secure.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-28-2013, 06:57 PM
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haven't tried it, but this one looks to be more stable than most (wider base) and has good reviews:


..although it could make accessability to some area's difficult?
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-28-2013, 08:07 PM
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I've been using the Harbor Freight bike lift and it is rock solid. Had a coupon out of a MC magazine and bought it for $299. Found that it doubles nice as a welding table for other projects.

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-28-2013, 08:22 PM
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Your basic, $ 100-on-sale (Harbor Freight, you might find better prices at Pep Boys, etc.; the Sears version is now going for $ 107) genuine Made-in-China 1500-lb. rated ATV-motorcycle lift works for me.

If stability is a concern, tie-down loops for strap hooks are available (have never used 'em); and . . . a mechanical stop can be engaged to prevent the bike from descending as the hydraulic pressure oozes away.

Floor rollers permit spotting the assembly anywhere on the garage floor or parking lot surface.

Adequate for my purposes, YMMV!

Here's Harbor Freight's pitch: http://www.harborfreight.com/1500-lb...lift-2792.html

Hey, hold the phone! Here's a TWO TON (4000-lb) lift from Sears for $ 134.99:


Product Description

The PowerbuiltŪ TripleLift jack slashes the expense and hassle of purchasing, maintaining and storing multiple jacks and jackstands. It is the one jack that easily lifts cars, trucks, ATVs and motorcycles, and works to remove and replace vehicle transmissions and differentials too.

The secret to the TripleLift is the patented design that features both a removable lift saddleand padded lift rails. This flexible design allows the TripleLift to adapt to multiple types of vehicle frames. A locking safety bar holds the jack in place once the vehicle is raised, which eliminates the hassle of supporting a lifted vehicle with jack stands.

The Powerbuilt TripleLift offers a lifting capacity of 4,000 pounds, and meets or exceeds ANSI standards.

Powerbuilt offers anything you need for heavy lifting in the garage or shop! The TRIPLE LIFT might be the most versatile floor jack ever. It safely lifts and holds cars, trucks, ATVs, motorcycles and more. No need for jack stands, as the safety bar slides into place to secure the lift arm. Lift range is 5-1/2-in. to 17-1/4in. 2 ton lift capacity.

Powerbuilt 620422 Features:
•Lifts and holds cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs
•Eliminates the need for jack stands
•Lift range: 5-1/2-in. to 17-1/4-in.
•Includes tie down anchor points to secure motorcycles
•Meets or exceeds ANSI standards

Starting over, might consider this one!

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