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Old 04-13-2012, 11:07 AM   #1
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Best value lift?

Wanting to do more of my own services with tuition from friend Ron.
The 24K around tax time is way steep
What is the best value motorcycle lift?
Concrete floor is not my friend

Appreciate your feedback.

Ride Safe,

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Old 04-13-2012, 12:04 PM   #2
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Do you mean a jack or a "table" type lift?
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:13 PM   #3
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Harbor Freight! Works great, have had it for couple years with no issues. Helped alot when I rebuilt my 96 R1100GS tranny...real back saver. This is the full lift that you ride up on and has the clamp for the front tire and tie-downs...I got it for under $300 with a coupon...
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:31 PM   #4
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Northern Tool is another good source.
They have the table style and the regular ATV type.
Link below.
Cheers.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...atchallpartial
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:17 PM   #5
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Handy are the only ones I've ever used. Expensive, but solid. Find one used.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:48 PM   #6
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direct lift.

I chose the direct lift. In hindsight I would buy the extension kit. It's easy riding the harley on the lift without them, but the GS would be a different story. Otherwise no regrets here. that lift is as solid as they come.
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:34 PM   #7
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For your/our needs I think the Harbor Freight would be just fine
In fact don't call me for any help until you get it

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Old 04-13-2012, 03:44 PM   #8
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+1 on the harbour freight lifts, had one inital problem with mine in that it stopped lifting more than a foot off the floor and finally discovered that the rubber plug in the hydraulic cylinder had swelled up and was causing a vacume lock inside the cylinder, so i drilled a hole in the rubber plug and problem solved, for the 250-350$ you cant beat it and its nice not to sit on the ground when working on the bike
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:19 PM   #9
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Thank you ALL!
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:42 PM   #10
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If you're lacking in garage or work room I found the stand up and roll against the wall style lift to be suitable. But note they do not have a wide stable platform . They have a single track with a tire capture rack on the front to hold the bike until you attach your straps. Not optimum but adequate.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:01 PM   #11
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Best value is probably harbor freight but best built is "handy lift" (love mine)
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:12 AM   #12
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i have two friends with the harbor freight lifts. one uses it almost daily and it's still going strong after a couple of years of use.

I'm just trying to figure out how to get one by the wife, I think she'll notice it in the garage next to her car...
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:41 AM   #13
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i have two friends with the harbor freight lifts. one uses it almost daily and it's still going strong after a couple of years of use.

I'm just trying to figure out how to get one by the wife, I think she'll notice it in the garage next to her car...

Park a bike on it she'll never notice
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:53 PM   #14
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Thank you ALL!
So...are you any closer to finding the right lift?
Make a decision?
Let us know how it goes.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:12 PM   #15
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I've been wanting a harbour freight model:
http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...ift-68892.html

And then retrofit a different chalk for the front wheel b/c I hear it's recommended.
One like the one on the Handy lift site.
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