Harbor Freight lift

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by TVtommy, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. TVtommy

    TVtommy Been here awhile

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    Does anyone have one, if so, how much assembly was required.

    I think I'm going to grab one...

    Tanks in advance!
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  2. jwdub

    jwdub Been here awhile

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    Minimal set up is required. Safer to have two people to move the frame, but once its on the casters, it's easy to move. I set mine up myself and was just careful to spare my back. I also have a Handy Lift -- for the money, the HF works great.
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  3. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    Simple assembly. Make sure you buy the optional front wheel vise. The toy chock that comes with is a useless joke.
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  4. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    +1. I generally DESPISE the crap Chinese quality stuff.. but the lift works great. Use the super coup from all bike magazines for $300, and the wheel chock http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcycle-stand-wheel-chock-97841.html for $49
    I dashed off the back of the stand, it was meant for stability as a "stand alone" stand.
    I have had my 850 pound cruiser on it and it was rock steady.
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  5. TVtommy

    TVtommy Been here awhile

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    Outstanding! :D
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  6. JoeyBones

    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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    Sorry if this is a dumb question... but can you fill me in on this? For $300 I'd add this lift to my garage now...

    Thx
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  7. barko1

    barko1 barko1

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    Sometimes HF has the lift on sale for 299, sometimes there are coupon in bike mags or Popular Mechanics, etc. Well worth it. Mine is several years old now, never bought any optional front wheel vise but mine came with one that seems to work ok.
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  8. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Been here awhile

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    I have one...it works awesome, no set up required.

    I too, use the black harbor freight wheel chock to provide a more stable front wheel hold.

    The only thing I have noticed is that over time it will hydraulically settle against the stop, which is lower by an inch or two than the complete pumped up position.

    What I did to circumvent this was to cut an old piece of black iron pipe in half length wise...use it as a splint if you will.

    I slip it over the hydraulic piston section that is exposed on the ram. That locks the ram in place from settling against the stop.

    Hard to explain, but it works.
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  9. Shockdoc

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    Have one and use it on my 950 Adventure and CRF 450X, stable, no complaints,would buy again.
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  10. Sport

    Sport Been here awhile

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    It is sooooo nice to be ale to clean and maintain my bikes at eye level! Can't believe I waited this long to get one. Had it now about three years, 299 with a 20 off coupon for a steal at 279! Have had a 79 and 82 CBX, a Triumph 955, an SV650, a Ducati 999 and a Hayabusa on it, all very securely. I use a Canyon Dancer with straps in front for stability and do not use the chock that comes with it. Depending on which bike, it accommodates a rear and front track stand or the use of a built in center stand too.

    http://s70.photobucket.com/albums/i...current=MISC161Medium.jpg&mediafilter=noflash

    http://s70.photobucket.com/albums/i...current=MISC166Medium.jpg&mediafilter=noflash
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  11. wayne_l

    wayne_l Been here awhile

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    when you walk in grab thier flier in the corner is a 20% off coupon , normal price here is 299 plus 20% you get the taxes back atleast .. i have both this and thier atv bike lift they work great for the price ..And just like others have said thier original wheel clamp sheet metal thing is useless .. its 4 inches tall and sheetmetal with no real clamping force .
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  12. concours

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    EVERY issue of Rider and Cycle World magazine has a two page layout from Harbor freight. The "Super Coup" for $299 is THE cheapest price you'll get, you can't combine the 20% coupon, but those magazine ad prices are WAY better than any other "sale" they offer. What?, You DON'T subscribe to any scooter rags? :lol3 :eek1 :rofl
    Find a way...
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  13. JoeyBones

    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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    I knew I'd end up being sorry I asked! Actually, I get Cycle World, Motorcyclist and ON, but make it a point to generally ignore the ads.

    NOW that I've been corrected, I do indeed see the coupon in question. Duh.

    I see this lift in my future before the year is out. Just gotta re-arrange the shop a little! Thanks for showing me the way.
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  14. Sport

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    Don't let the foot pump model scare you off. Even though it takes about 50 pumps to get it all the way up, each pump is just as easy as the first one.
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  15. STANIMAL

    STANIMAL SUPPORT THE SECOND

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    I have used the foot pump operated model for years , no issues at all . I have had 900lb bikes on it without a problem . I am actually looking to buy another one . For $300 , you will not go wrong . Look for the coupon , as some have pointed out , saves you some money.
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  16. fire carl

    fire carl Been here awhile

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    love mine, i have the air /hyd model and wont spend money again on the air portion, only problem i had with the lift is after about 3 months the hyd ram and would not extend after pumping on it for 5-8 times, with investigation i found that the rubber plug on the top of the hyd unit had swelled and created a vacume inside the cylinder preventing the lift from raising, solution was to drill a vent hole in the rubber plug and has been trouble free fro 2 years now.
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  17. Yeahbaby

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    I like everyone else always bitched and moaned when lying on a cold, damp shop floor working on our treasures. I said enough was enough and bought one. It is by far the best tool you will ever buy for the bike. I also put 2 of these on the sides near where the u-bolt tiedowns are. http://www.boatbuckle.com/transom/products_transom_g2.htm

    They are spring loaded so they auto-retrac. One handed operation and a tight ratchet, sweet!! I attached the set that are rated at 2500lbs, 1" wide x 50" long. So, no more trying to attach a tiedown one handed and having it come loose then trying to get it tight by pulling at unsafe angles with all my weight. When not in use they are rolled up and out of the way.
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  18. DustyPockets

    DustyPockets Flatland wanderer.

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    My buddy just bought one of these, I am not really a great fan of Harbor Freight but I was surprised how nice it was. He also bought it for $299.00 and the warrantee with it.

    Best part is his garage is full so it had to go to my shop. If he ever makes room at home I would go right out and buy one.
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    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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  20. GSBS

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    ...with my Marc Parnes balancer. No more working stooped over or fiddling with jack stands like I used to do:

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    Since this shot was taken, I bought a 4-foot-long, 1/2" steel rod (same size as the one in the balancer) at Lowe's for about $5. The one that came with the Parnes balancer was at the very edge of being too short. I cut it to about 2' long and now have plenty of hangover.
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