Good deal on Motorcycle Lift

Related:
Create New Tag

7/15/2018 11:25 AM

On a street bike forum I'm on this was posted it's very popular with those guys.

Harbor Freight has these on sale for $299 I'm getting old I'm tired of bending over and hard to see. I've got some chain and sprockets to change out on my street bike soon, will be much easier now.

It's a game changer....?

Sale is good to the end of July.
Be prepared the crate is real heavy.

They tried to charge me 400 but I told them I had the book at home and I was a good to go.
$284 on 8/16.
Yeah I know they're not as good as the commercial ones but those can be as much as $1,000.

Photo

Oh and while I was there in the line they had these for $11.99 metric, standard/Metric size Mini - box wrenches.

Photo

You might be saying to yourself big fuckin deal! ?

My buddy had these in his front pocket of his vest and I had a problem on a trailride and he whipped these out attached to a carabiner and I was fixed and good to go in 5 minutes worked flawlessly.

No taking off your pack and digging around for 10 minutes.

https://m.harborfreight.com/1000-lb-steel-motorcycle-lift-68892.html?utm_referrer=direct%2Fnot%20provided.


Photo


|

7/15/2018 11:43 AM

G-man wrote:

On a street bike forum I'm on this was posted it's very popular with those guys.

Harbor Freight has these on sale for $299 ...more

I have one of these stands, it works pretty good, it is quite heavy and somewhat hard to move around the garage. You have to be careful of the platform corners when in the down position, I have accidentally kicked it and cut up my ankles.

|

7/15/2018 12:09 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/15/2018 12:10 PM

Think i'd much rather have something along the lines of these.
Gives the ability to tear down to a bare frame if you want.

Photo

|

7/15/2018 12:45 PM

I could be a HF spokesperson. I make my living with tools. I work on aircraft so it's not huge torque or rusted on parts. I buy Snap-on for ratcheting screwdrivers, ratchets, and various special stuff but the majority of my box came from HF. I haven't found a better open end offset wrench set anywhere. That pivoting head sawsall is my newest favorite home tool. I've been real mean to it....and it just keeps on eatin'. I love the adjustable 2 fixture halogen worklight stand....especially in the winter...it do get hot.

Side note...we use the HF ATV lifts at work to load stuff into the missions bays. We install brackets on the base for whatever we need to lift. We did warp the arms on a particularly heavy piece but in general they get the job done.

I haven't used this lift but I know a guy from work that uses it for his full dresser...he loves it.

|

If it ain't yer's don't take it, If it ain't the truth dont say it, If it ain't right don't do it...Marcus Aurelius

7/15/2018 12:49 PM

1983YZ125 wrote:

Think i'd much rather have something along the lines of these.
Gives the ability to tear down to a bare frame if you want.

Photo

Ill be honest...if that had braces on the base that extended parallel with the bike 24" fore and aft I'd trust it a lot more.

|

If it ain't yer's don't take it, If it ain't the truth dont say it, If it ain't right don't do it...Marcus Aurelius

7/15/2018 1:02 PM

We have a couple of those lift stands. As long as you use the foot pegs tie downs, we have had no problems with tip overs. Only tip over on the race track.

|

7/15/2018 1:07 PM

I like both the full ride on stand and the frame lift stand. Use the roll on style more just to be able to use it as a table also. Own both. Multiple of both at that.

HBF has scratch and dent units, call around and ask about the "damaged" units and negotiate the price. You can get them for around $150 brand new with a smashed (common) box that you may have to bend a bit to be perfect.

|

7/15/2018 2:59 PM

I've had one for years and years without issue. If you look you can get them even cheaper. I think I paid 150ish for mine. Photo

|

7/15/2018 3:08 PM

JWACK wrote:

I've had one for years and years without issue. If you look you can get them even cheaper. I think I paid 150ish for mine. Photo

What a shame...having to work on a brand new Yamaha...devil I kid, I kid. Good looking bike.

|

If it ain't yer's don't take it, If it ain't the truth dont say it, If it ain't right don't do it...Marcus Aurelius

7/15/2018 3:28 PM

Great for dirt bikes and street bikes up to about 600 pounds.

|

7/15/2018 4:05 PM

I got a better deal than $299 on mine. I went to a friends house one day and he say "I got something for you". He wanted a Pneumatic one so he bought one of those and tried to convert it to air. F&%*#d it all up and then ordered a $1200 one. I got home with it, stripped the remains of the hydraulics off. Pulled a brand new Harbor Freight electric hoist that my wife brought home when her employer liquidated their warehouse. Spent about an hour rigging it to lift it. Electric motorcycle lift for a grand total of Zero dollars. It does sit about 3 inches higher than stock when fully down, it wouldn't lift it until it had been raised slightly.

|

7/15/2018 4:45 PM

The wheel chock scares me a bit, I think I’d want to weld some upright braces on there too, looks solid aside from that

|

RPM Performance
CT
783

7/15/2018 4:48 PM

Anything you buy at HF purchase the warranty for at least 1 year. Best warranty’s in the world but some of the worst products. So I keep buying there as long as they keep giving me free ones to replace

|

7/15/2018 4:53 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/15/2018 4:54 PM

Back in the day these had a L shaped square bube that clamped the front or rear wheel into.

I would pay more and get the air one

|

7/15/2018 5:07 PM

lumpy790 wrote:

Back in the day these had a L shaped square bube that clamped the front or rear wheel into.

I would pay more and get the air ...more

Hard to see it but I've got an air lift as well. I hate to say it but overall the harbor freight one is really good and the one I prefer to use. . No air to jack with and its a lot lighter when you want to move it. Now if I were working on heavy street bikes I would lean the other way. Photo

|

7/15/2018 5:31 PM

HB can be a savior. I think stuff like lifts and presses can save a casual user tons of cash but I still wouldn't cheap out on wrenches.

|

7/16/2018 9:03 AM

Anyone got a recommendation for a decent cheap pneumatic lift?

|

RPM Performance
CT
783

7/16/2018 11:07 AM

JWACK wrote:

I've had one for years and years without issue. If you look you can get them even cheaper. I think I paid 150ish for mine. Photo

Off topic, how hard is it to maintain the finish on that PC pipe?

Sorry, op.

|

7/16/2018 1:06 PM

Evoracer wrote:

Off topic, how hard is it to maintain the finish on that PC pipe?

Sorry, op.

I'm a bit ocd on these things but it's really not bad. Wd40 immediately after washing. Like first thing before drying the bike off or rust will start. Then I tend to use some mothers polish to bring back a lil shine every other ride or so and then I pull the pipe and detail it once a month if I ride a lot.. I don't like to scotch bright if I don't have too.

|

7/16/2018 1:14 PM

Thanks!

|

7/16/2018 1:42 PM

1983YZ125 wrote:

Think i'd much rather have something along the lines of these.
Gives the ability to tear down to a bare frame if you want.

Photo

I have one of these. You can pretty much mimic the picture by putting a life stand under the bike on this life. Then you tie the bike down by the pegs and you are set to completely dismantle the bike. I actually prefer my way of doing it because you have the life to set tools on until you need them again.
My only complaint is the little caster wheels are garbage. I had to put some larger ones on.

|

7/16/2018 5:12 PM

I have had my HF lift for close to six years, and no issues. When I purchased mine, one of the reviews said to buy a quart of hydraulic oil as they tend not be filled full enough, (they were correct). Secondly, because the pump is not re-buildable, to let the jack down about a 1/2" and put the steel rod through the holes in the front of the frame, so that the weight of the bike is on the steel rod, and not on the jack seals. I have had everything from speedway bikes (about 180) pounds to TL1000's on them with no issues. Paint does not like contact cleaner or gas, but not a deal breaker considering I paid around $225 for mine.

|

7/17/2018 11:12 AM

1983YZ125 wrote:

Think i'd much rather have something along the lines of these.
Gives the ability to tear down to a bare frame if you want.

Photo

That stand looks a bit unstable to me to do heavy wrenching and would not serve me good for my street bike.
I'm sure it serves a good purpose to some, but not me.

|

7/17/2018 11:15 AM

HF lifts are good. Wrenches not so much. They fit loose as hell and round everything. Go with snap on for the wrenches sockets and screw drivers

|

7/17/2018 11:22 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/17/2018 11:37 AM

jtetchila1 wrote:

I have had my HF lift for close to six years, and no issues. When I purchased mine, one of the reviews said to buy a quart of ...more

Yep, I wish I would have known about the need for hydraulic oil as I did not find out till I was ready for the initial lift.

It also says "do not lift until you remove the plug and check the fluid".
Mine was near empty. So I went to Home Depot got some fluid and put it in with the lift in the full down position. This made for putting the plug back in a real PITA as there was limited room to maneuver the plug! Ended up trimming the rubber plug to fit and now it's all buggerd up!

Will try to find an alternative like a cork plug, was surprised it didn't leak with the damaged plug.

But so far so good and this is a game changer for sure, it will make working on bikes FUN again! smile

Photo

|

7/17/2018 1:41 PM

I use the HF one and like it, only issue is getting the bike on a stand once on the lift is kind of a pain. I also put D-rings on the front of the lift to tie the bike down with depending on what I'm doing. The supplied wheel chock clamp thing is pretty pointless.

|

7/17/2018 8:41 PM

jankymike wrote:

I use the HF one and like it, only issue is getting the bike on a stand once on the lift is kind of a pain. I also put D-rings ...more

Grab one of these to lift the bike once it's on the lift table.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-Scooter-Crank-Stand-1100-LB-Mini-Scissor-Lift-Jack-ATV-Red/113145775393?epid=6011125153&hash=item1a58038521%3Ag%3AH8UAAOSwgetbRu9o&_sacat=0&_nkw=motorcycle+lift&_from=R40&rt=nc&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xmotorcycle+lift.TRS0

I have a pneumatic Handy lift and use this to lift the rear or front of the bike. You'll need to secure either the front or the rear when using this scissor lift, but it works great. Been using it for 8-9 years now.

|