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Harbor Freight Lift

Postby seelyark1 » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:23 pm



Has anyone on here tried the Harbor Freight motorcycle/ATV lift? They are going on sale here in about 2 weeks. Wondering if it is good for the weight of the 1500. Need to get it up off the ground as the old back isn't what it used to be, knees aren't much better either. Have a four wheeler that it would help out with too. Just want to know if it is good before I spend all my beer money on something that won't do what I need it to do. Thanks :)


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Re: Harbor Freight Lift

Postby themainviking » Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:00 pm

The thoughts expressed previously on this forum are that the Harbour Freight Lift is not strong enough for a Goldwing of the GL1500 or GL1800 weight. One such discussion is here.

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Re: Harbor Freight Lift

Postby seelyark1 » Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:39 am

Thanks for the reply Viking, but that is the JACK, not the lift. The lift is mentioned once in there and he says it works fine for at least 2 years. His bike was an 1800 if I read it right. I'm talking about the lift that you drive on and has a removable plate for doing the rear wheel. They say it is rated at 1000#. I wouldn't have any problem reinforcing it if need be. I have a jack that I use, but want the extra height with the lift.
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Re: Harbor Freight Lift

Postby tom84std » Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:55 am

I have one that's about ten years old. I use it on all my bikes including my VTX 1800 which is close to the weight of the GL 1800. The lock is secure, seems to work fine for me.

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Re: Harbor Freight Lift

Postby redbug » Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:41 am

Seelyark...I have had the opportunity to use different platform lifts over the years. Century and bendpak lifts are tough and brutal and hold up well in a shop with a heavy duty cycle. When I decided to look for a lift for home use I decided on the Atlas hi-rise lift from Smith Equipment. You have a dealer in Atlanta and in Medley Fl. The main reason on this lift was height. It will go up to 41" high or so. Most other lifts is 30,31,33" The 31 or so lifts are not high enough for me. You wind up with that bend in your back like you have been hoeing the garden. With the higher lift you stand up straight and do your thang. The atlas comes with all the accessory's that are extra with some lifts. What's cool is that you can use your mechanics seat and adjust the lift to your desired height to do a little sit down repairs. This unit is air over hydraulic and does well with 5cfm air compressor and better. The price is with in reason for a lift. The first time you raise your motorcycle up on the lift, the price will be justified, and as I said ...why didn't I buy one of these lifts years ago. Hope your healing up ok..
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Re: Harbor Freight Lift

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:15 pm

seelyark1 wrote:Has anyone on here tried the Harbor Freight motorcycle/ATV lift? They are going on sale here in about 2 weeks. Wondering if it is good for the weight of the 1500. Need to get it up off the ground as the old back isn't what it used to be, knees aren't much better either. Have a four wheeler that it would help out with too. Just want to know if it is good before I spend all my beer money on something that won't do what I need it to do. Thanks :)


Does fine for my GL1500 (and GL1100 and PC800) - you just need to make sure it is a) strapped down securely, and b) well-balanced.

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Also see: How to use a motorcycle lift

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Re: Harbor Freight Lift

Postby Phunnybone » Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:51 pm

Here's the one he's talking about. They go on sale for $299 about every 3 or 4 months.

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Re: Harbor Freight Lift

Postby k1w1t1m » Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:15 pm

I may be totally wrong here but I seem to remember someone saying the lift pictured above is not long enough for a 1500. The gentleman had to extend out to the front which would put the removable plate in the right place for rear wheel removal. Extending out to the front made it unstable though. You might have to check other forums (GoldWing) and You tube.

I should point out that I have no personal experience and YMMV.

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Re: Harbor Freight Lift

Postby made2care » Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:11 pm

I got lucky with this lift. neighbor down the street sold his for a mere $70 . It even came with a bikepro roll in wheel chock, which is nice since you just push the bike up and the bikepro catches the front tire, cupping it from behind that same tire, thus she is stabilized. I would definitely add the the bikepro chock.
This lift has worked great for me.

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Re: Harbor Freight Lift

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 05, 2015 3:08 pm

k1w1t1m wrote:I may be totally wrong here but I seem to remember someone saying the lift pictured above is not long enough for a 1500. The gentleman had to extend out to the front which would put the removable plate in the right place for rear wheel removal. Extending out to the front made it unstable though. You might have to check other forums (GoldWing) and You tube.

I should point out that I have no personal experience and YMMV.


I think you're right - I remember reading the same thing. They added a bit at the front, and mounted the front wheel holder to it, so that the back wheel was over the removable plate.

Keep in mind modifying these lifts can easily overload them. This poor guy modified his lift to fit his trike, without considering the capacity of the lift - both in lifting the trike, and his lift modification:

Failed Trike Lift
Failed Trike Lift

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Re: Harbor Freight Lift

Postby seelyark1 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:57 pm

Not the same lift, but the idea is still relevant as for mods. I have worked with metal for most of my life, and know that I can make one workable. Got to think about what you are doing to it when modified, and take appropriate precautions as needed. Sent a PM to another member, but as yet haven't received a reply on how it works. He had built his own, and looks like it was a really good lift. :) Hope I get a reply from him. Don't want to drop the bike, let alone on me!
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