Best value lift?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by freedomtwoup, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. freedomtwoup

    freedomtwoup freedomtwoup

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

    Appreciate your feedback.

    Ride Safe,

    David
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  2. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Do you mean a jack or a "table" type lift?
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  3. papanovember

    papanovember Been here awhile

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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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  4. BeeMaa

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  5. Mr Head

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    Handy are the only ones I've ever used. Expensive, but solid. Find one used.
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  6. MOTOWrencher

    MOTOWrencher Adventurer

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    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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  7. Amania

    Amania Been here awhile

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    David
    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

    Ron
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  8. fire carl

    fire carl Been here awhile

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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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  9. freedomtwoup

    freedomtwoup freedomtwoup

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    Thank you ALL! :norton
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  10. okennon

    okennon Been here awhile

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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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  11. dmftoy1

    dmftoy1 Been here awhile

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    Best value is probably harbor freight but best built is "handy lift" (love mine)
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  12. SpeedyR

    SpeedyR SE in the SE

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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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  13. BigEasy

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    Park a bike on it she'll never notice:lol3
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  14. BeeMaa

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    So...are you any closer to finding the right lift?
    Make a decision?
    Let us know how it goes.
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  15. Gangplank

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  16. Gangplank

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  17. 1V-MAN

    1V-MAN Been here awhile

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    Your title asks for "best value lift", some of the reponses are for "cheapest lift". I have seen cheap lifts (brand names with held) used and seen the same cheap lift actually bow the platform when a bike is loaded. You may save a few bucks and spend less for a lift but my opinion and my attachment to my bikes and my a$$ would prevent me from buying the cheapest.

    I looked at various lifts for a long time before making a decision. In the end I bought a lift from K&L Supply

    http://www.klsupply.com/SHOPLIFTEQUIPMENT/MC625RHEAVYDUTYAIRLIFT.aspx

    I will say the K&L is probably a lot more then the average guy would need or want ... it's big and it heavy. I've had everything on this lift from a 70 Suzuki 250, Boss Hoss, four wheelers etc etc ... I went with this because I use my lift A LOT. I also like my K&L because it has drop panels on front and rear, makes pulling both wheels very easy and weight capacity not issue with anything. I've had a GO-4 on top before ...

    There are plenty of well made lifts that would function fine and be SAFE ... but will cost a little more then the HF and a lot less then the K&L. It depends on how you plan to use the lift, once a month or so, couple times a day?

    Good luck to you, there are many choices available!
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  18. McFuryMcNugget

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  19. freedomtwoup

    freedomtwoup freedomtwoup

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    Thank you IV-Man. For me I gues every 6K. Only have 1 bike ... no etc's ..... :D
    Although I see that side wings & a decent chock are real important for an easy one man op ...
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  20. Gangplank

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    There is a thread around here somewhere on Harbor Freight tools good or bad and the HF table gets good reviews except for the wheel chock which many replace.
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