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Old 07-03-2013, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Work stands for the big girl

Howdy, folks - new to the KLR, and I'm looking for a work stand to do chain maintenance, etc. Does anyone have any experience with the MSR Pro Lift stand? My local dealer says it will work, but I can't find a weight limit for it, and I'm not sure it will get short enough. What are you folks using for yours? Thanks in advance for your replies, have a good 4th, and watch out for texters!
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:34 PM
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I did a bit of searching, adjusts from 9.5" to 14.5" height, says to is good for up to 650cc and there was a review from a guy with a XR650L and loves it. A little lighter but not much...
I just use the old jackstands under each footpeg. Takes no longer to do than an actual stand and I think it is more stable. One less thing cluttering up the garage too!
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:05 PM
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i use a 1500# atv / motorcycle lift, it's really stable and you can use tie downs for extra security. you can get them at harbor freight / sears / etc.... check around, they go on sale every so often...... think i paid $75
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:09 AM
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I use a Harbor Freight ATV lift. It will lift up to 1500lbs and work well for my KLR650, Suzuki Boulevard M109 and my Polaris Scrambler 850.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:52 AM
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I use a Harbor Freight ATV lift. It will lift up to 1500lbs and work well for my KLR650, Suzuki Boulevard M109 and my Polaris Scrambler 850.
Plus 1 here as well.
I use my HF lift all the time to clean'N lube chain, or just have bike upright for other work. With my home made skid plate, ( flat bottom ) the bike is stable enough to pull a wheel off with out strapping it down, if I don't get to aggressive when I work.

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Old 07-08-2013, 12:11 PM
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I just bought a bike/atv lift, haven't tried it yet even.
If you use tie-downs to attach the bike to the lift, does that make it decently stable?

I was going to use tie-downs to go over a rafter of my garage to each side of the rear rack to hold it upright securely.
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:24 PM
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i haven't found the need to strap my bike down yet and i've torqued the rear axle and suspension while on it. if i was removing either wheel i would and i wouldn't dream of trying to wheel the jack around with the bike on it without tying it down. mine and i assume most actually come with tie down spots directly on the lift.

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Old 07-08-2013, 06:36 PM
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Right. The question wasn't with respect to whether the lift has attachment points, the question is tying up vs. tying down.

I'm still leaning towards tying to a rafter - I did that when removing the kickstand to shorten it, and a linebacker could run into it without tipping it over.
But, a lift base is pretty wide I suppose.


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Old 01-29-2014, 01:44 PM
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I use a Craftsman ATV lift. Word of caution, the OEM plastic skid plate won't support the weight of the bike on the lift. It caused mine to crack. I was planning to install a metal skid plate anyway.
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I don't have a KLR any more. But when I replaced both tires on the 2005 I used to have, I used an automotive floor jack, a pair of car jack stands, and a small bottle jack in various combinations. Worked for me, and I already had them.

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