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Old 08-22-2013, 09:55 AM   #1
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69.99 Harbor Frieght ATV/Motorcycle Lift Jack

If you subscribe to Harbor Freight email flyer,you probably saw this jack.If not,sign up for the flyer.They go off sale 8-31-13.With tax I am in it for $74.19.Just from lifting the box,I can tell this jack is fairly stout.It weighs about 75lbs.It comes partially disassembled and took me 15 minutes to put it together while taking pics.

Tools required for assembly, 6 mm allen wrench the L shaped style and an 8 inch adjustable wrench.

Locate new jack in box.


Remove bands and box top.Stand back and admire your new purchase.I mean really take it in using a big Joker smile.It helps to have a large frosty beverage to help take it all in.Mine was a 32 ounce sweet southern ice tea.


Now,after you loose your load over all that sexy goodness that came from HF,take ya hand outta ya pocket and take the damn thing out of the box.Gees ya perv boy.


Now lets get to it.Lift the frame where the jack pin seats into the frame and slide the jack in pin first.It should drop right in if ya lifted the frame high enough.Now bolt the jack down to the base plate.Just a little past snug.These are cheap bolts and nuts.Half way there.The rest is easy.As if that was hard.I figured it out without the directions.I wonder if I can remove my helmet now,nope.




Step back and admire your work while taking a big sip of your preferred frosty beverage.Now swallow and stuff the foot jack arm into the jacking receiver and bolt it down.


Now it's time to put in the stop release arm.Jack the jack up until the stop drops into the first stop.Locate the mounting holes on each side.Slide the release arm into the holes and snug up the nuts.




Now for the grande finally,locate the pin that holds the handle in and remove it.Slide the handle in the way you prefer and reinstall the pin.Make sure the pin is pointing away from the jack pedal, so you don't kick the pin out while jacking the jack up.As if that made sense.






Step back,stick ya hand back in ya pocket,and admire your handy work.


Did I forget anything?Nope but HF did.The little Chinese boy (not funny man) forgot to put the capture bolt in for the jack pin.Dman it!I gotta search the bolt jars.No biggie.


Now go read the directions and learn how to use the damn contraption. It should be pretty self explanatory after assembly.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:57 AM   #2
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On a more somber note.My godfather passed unexpectedly while on vacation Tuesday.He was made my legal godfather when I was little and my dad got really sick and my mom had health problems.My dad passed when I was 9 and luckily,my mom is still hanging in there.After my dad died,my godfather stepped up and treated me like his own.He would take my mom and me on vacation and extended family trips with his family.I had lost contact with him the past couple years.His job took him around the world for months at a time, and my family keeps me busy at home.I have been home alone all day except for getting the moto jack and putting it together.Thanks for visiting my little write up and crappy attempt at humor today.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:10 PM   #3
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I bought one of these 2 years ago - it is a yellow/orange color.

I currently have a '75 RD350 on it awaiting the engine...

Haven't used it on my '85 K100 yet but it will happen...
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:15 PM   #4
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I bought one of these 2 years ago - it is a yellow/orange color.

I currently have a '75 RD350 on it awaiting the engine...

Haven't used it on my '85 K100 yet but it will happen...
Sweet.I love success stories with these cheap o HF tools.We are expecting weather tonight and over the weekend, so I'm not sure when I can leave some feedback on the lift.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:36 PM   #5
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I picked one up from the "open box" section. I went to get a simple stand, saw the jack in the "open box" section, asked what the deal was. The employee didn't know, so he went and got the manager. Manager said it had been a demo up on a shelf. Already assembled. I worried for a bit... Then I had the employee and the manager stand on it, and I lifted them up. I figured if it would lift 400lbs of people, it'd do alright with <400lbs of bike.


So I gave them $40 and haven't looked back. Used it yesterday (again). Works fine. Much easier than wrestling the bike on to a stand.

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Old 08-22-2013, 07:11 PM   #6
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I picked one up from the "open box" section. I went to get a simple stand, saw the jack in the "open box" section, asked what the deal was. The employee didn't know, so he went and got the manager. Manager said it had been a demo up on a shelf. Already assembled. I worried for a bit... Then I had the employee and the manager stand on it, and I lifted them up. I figured if it would lift 400lbs of people, it'd do alright with <400lbs of bike.


So I gave them $40 and haven't looked back. Used it yesterday (again). Works fine. Much easier than wrestling the bike on to a stand.

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Old 08-22-2013, 11:10 PM   #7
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HF jack

Thanks for the heads-up! I have been jonesing for a bike jack. Here's my excuse for another.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:47 AM   #8
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I noticed that Costco occasionally have them on offer, usually around once a year. Last time I saw them they where on sale for $30+
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:00 AM   #9
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I bought one of these 2 years ago - it is a yellow/orange color.

I currently have a '75 RD350 on it awaiting the engine...

Haven't used it on my '85 K100 yet but it will happen...
I bought one about the same time, has been a great lift, only problem I ever have had with mine is hydraulic jack/fluid will "freeze up" in the winter in my cold garage.....

Just take it inside for an hour or so, and I'm good to go
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:19 PM   #10
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Great write up. I printed out the coupon and am headed there tomorrow!
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:20 PM   #11
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I hope SWMBO has got everything, when we were in town tonight.If so,that means I can get the bike on the jack and finish some mods and maintenance.
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:09 PM   #12
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I've been wondering about these for a couple years now. I might just have to picked one up based on this review. Don't worry, I'll tell 'um Ben2go sent me...
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:26 PM   #13
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I've been wondering about these for a couple years now. I might just have to picked one up based on this review. Don't worry, I'll tell 'um Ben2go sent me...
That may get you escorted off the property and promptly thrown in the streets.
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Old 08-24-2013, 06:01 PM   #14
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I bought a lift from Harbor Freight a couple years ago. Mine is yellow but otherwise looks just the one pictured above. The jack lifts my HD FLHS with ease and the bike has sat lifted off the ground with no problems or leaks for a week. It was money well spent.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:11 AM   #15
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I finally used mine yesterday to do some maintenance.I had no problems with it.However,I can't get it under my '00 V Star 650 Classic to pick up the entire bike.The engine case hangs down just enough to prevent it from lifting the bike.It's also so low I can't put boards under the frame rails to lift it.I can get it under the rear of the frame and swing arm.I will try strapping the bike to the jack lifting pads and see if I can get both ends off the ground and keep it stable.Anyway it goes,it was a big help holding the bike upright while I tore it down,checked the valves,changed the oil,and adjusted the rear brake.
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