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Gs on a Harbor Freight Lift

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by digger2, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. digger2

    digger2 A cad & a bounder

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    Tried to put it on this morning and the side stand is too wide to set down on the lift. Whats the trick please? Weld on a side plate/ Better wheel clamp?
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  2. johnjen

    johnjen Now, even more NOW!…

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    As a general rule NEVER use the sidestand on a motorcycle lift. Use either the front wheel clamp or the center stand.

    JJ
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  3. TAPnTX

    TAPnTX Been here awhile

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    I have that same lift, and I have had an 05 Goldwing, 06 FJR, 03 BlackBird, 01 Concours and a ton of Sport bikes using the center stands , and on the Sport Bikes I use Front and Rear Stands. I removed the front clamp and stop. since that clamp I could see it scratching something.

    That lift has got to be one of the best investments in tools you can make. Sure makes Maintenance and Cleaning a breeze.

    Todd
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  4. sandmar

    sandmar llama llama..rabbit

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    Does anyone have a picture or model # for this lift? :ear
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  5. Railbender

    Railbender Long timer Supporter

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  6. sandmar

    sandmar llama llama..rabbit

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    thanks Railbender!!
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  7. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    I use a condor wheel chock. Ride into it and step off.
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  8. digger2

    digger2 A cad & a bounder

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  9. Flyinggreek84

    Flyinggreek84 Go ahead, cut me off!

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    I have the same lift. I cured the problem, I just have one of my min wage guys hold it untill I get it tied down.
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  10. AZcacti

    AZcacti Dope on a Rope

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    Unless I have to work with the rear wheel, I back my 950 on the lift. Put it on the centerstand with the rear wheel in the vice. Tie down to the foot pegs and start wrenching. This may or may not work for a GS.
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  11. johnjen

    johnjen Now, even more NOW!…

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    You can walk the bike on the ramp using the engine/clutch and front brake. Then hit the kill switch and put on the centerstand.

    JJ
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  12. Mac

    Mac Long timer

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    I don't have the lift, but why not just put it on the centerstand while you're still on the bike? You may need some height, weight and/or coordination.

    I just put my 06 R1200GS Adv up on the centerstand, while still on the bike. I'm 200# and 72", and not that coordinated. If I can do it, maybe you can too.
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  13. openboatt

    openboatt Don't harsh my mellow

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    But I agree with John the centerstand is the safest way to travel with this lift/GS combo. I've thought of riding the old girl on, but chicken out when push comes to shove. I get a little run and invariably make it. I use the stock stop/vice and usually have no problems. I agree this lift is the goddess's gift to riders/wrenchers at the price. No side stand for the GS. obt
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  14. CA Stu

    CA Stu Peace and love

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    Here

    That whole thread will set you straight.

    Thanks
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