efigalaxie, the rear of the lift has a removable deck plate that is supposed to allow rear wheel removal. Only problem is, they have the structural supports right below the removable plate making it almost useless. My remedy was to use a scissors jack or the center stand to do chain maintenance/tire removal. Works great. The front wheel chock is something that I added because the one that comes with it is crap IMO. I used four carriage bolts with wing nuts to secure it to the deck, so removal is a snap. The jack seemed to be void of oil when I set it up but the jack oil is cheap and sold at most auto parts stores. With the minor negatives out of the way, I'm really glad to have it. It works perfectly and is rock solid with the bike on it.
I notice that Rider and some other MC mags have coupons for $299. The crate it comes in is heavy (~300lbs) and I almost dropped both nuts getting it out of the Jeep (trailer was in winter storage).
It is really, really, really nice not to have to work on the bike kneeling down.
01 Jeep XJ w/ 200,000 miles as of 3-26-11