Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift


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Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby myYellowbird » Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:21 pm



I am using a harbor freight motorcycle jack to lift a 1800 wing. Were is the best place to place the jack the bike. I put it on part of the center stand and part of the header pipes which is were i thing is center. Bike seems very unstable when i lift it. Just wondering if any other of you have these problems.


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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:43 pm

The jack really needs to be where the center of balance is for the bike. On my 1100, I lift it just behind the front of the engine to just in front of the center stand, resting the bike partly in the headers and partly on the frame. It will obviously be different for your 1800...but not TOO different.

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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:34 am

I my Yellowbird :D

Here's a modification I made to my bike to jack it more stale,If you have a jack like mine.

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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby rrmiller73 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:53 pm

Let us know how it works. I looked at those in the Nashville store the other day and wondered wether or not they would lift a wing?

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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:51 am

I rrmiller73 :D

I have some pictures.

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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby myYellowbird » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:08 am

Thanks Flyboy2121 thats about were i put my jack. Got it up used some jacks stands on the engine guards just in case. The harbor freight jack is not bad for the money. The 1st one i got for Xmas was defective would just slam to the ground no way of letting it down easy. Brought it back paid extra for the aluminum one very nice but can't handle the weight not wide enough. Took that back got the yellow one much better.There is a mod for this jack on utube on how to let them down easy must be for the older model jacks the one i have is fine.

What type of jack are you using seem very stable.
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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:20 am

I have the yellow HF lift, and while it lowers nice and gradually to the ground if someone is standing on it, with an 800+ lb Goldwing on it, it crashes to the ground when you press the "lower" pedal.

I've seen mods mentioned on the Internet where people screwed bolts into the thing to limit the travel of the pedal, so that it doesn't open the valve as much, which causes the bike to lower slowly and gently to the ground.

Here's a video showing an example of what I mean:




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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:47 am

I WingAdmin !!!

I find a model of a motorcycle jack lift, making witn playwood and pipes plombrie very strong, in the spring I will begin construction.You get up with a car jack.

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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby kds111 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:54 pm

Nice lift for the money.
Works great on the 1000 and 1100.
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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:02 pm

I kds111 :)

I will strengthen it and it'll lift a GoldWing with no problems

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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby wilf » Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:54 pm

I have a very similar jack for my Wings. On mine if you press the foot pedale down the bike comes down rather fast but if you push the pedal all the way down it comes down real slow. Seems kinda backwards but you have to push it hard right away and good smooth drop
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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:17 pm

wilf wrote:I have a very similar jack for my Wings. On mine if you press the foot pedale down the bike comes down rather fast but if you push the pedal all the way down it comes down real slow. Seems kinda backwards but you have to push it hard right away and good smooth drop
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That's how mine is supposed to work...but pushing it partway down causes the bike to come crashing to the ground instantly, and pushing it all the way down causes the bike to come crashing to the ground a bit less quickly.

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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby myYellowbird » Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:27 pm

Here a Mod someone did on a harbor freight jack.



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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby wilf » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:05 pm

hey flyboy
Where coul one find plans for is lift
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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:42 pm

I Wilf :)

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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:45 am

I Wilf :D

I just do not put the dessing on the site, I do not remember where I found his dessing, is a PDF file.

If you give me a Hotmail address I just return it.

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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby myYellowbird » Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:11 pm

Feeling kinda stupid i am not one for reading instructions i mean its only a jack. But after reading a post from another site these jacks have a two speed release system. Press the pedal half way and the bike drops very fast. Press the pedal completely down and the bike is lowered very slowly the way it should. So these jacks work not a defect from china. Not feeling to bad guess the guy who made the utube mod didn't read the instructions either.
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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:06 pm

myYellowbird wrote:Feeling kinda stupid i am not one for reading instructions i mean its only a jack. But after reading a post from another site these jacks have a two speed release system. Press the pedal half way and the bike drops very fast. Press the pedal completely down and the bike is lowered very slowly the way it should. So these jacks work not a defect from china. Not feeling to bad guess the guy who made the utube mod didn't read the instructions either.


You're correct, that's how they're supposed to work. However, even on the "push it completely down" position, with the weight of our bikes, the HF jacks slam your bike to the ground. The valve just isn't small enough. That's why putting a bolt through the pedal to limit the pedal travel is a good idea - I'm going to do it to mine the next time I have it out.

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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby 2008retiredplb » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:41 am

I looked at a cycle lift at the International Motorcycle Show in Chicago from Australia. It looked like a very sturdy lift but the cost was a little to rich for me, $300+. This guy is just starting to make these available in the US. I cant find his card right now, so I don't know what his company is.
He showed how sturdy it was with a GL1800 goldwing on it. I wouldn't be afraid to use it for mine. His used a regular bottle jack that is easily repaired. I have been told the harbor freight lift has some problems with repairs if need later.
I did find the brand of lift. It is IB Bike Lift, If you google it you can see what they look like.
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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby thrasherg » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:53 am

I have the harbour freight lift ( the type you drive the entire bike onto and then it jacks up with either a foot pedal or compressed air). It cost $400 but has worked great for 2+ years (I bought it with an unexpected bonus payment!), I also like that there is a panel under the rear wheel that lifts out making it easy to remove a rear wheel. I still prefer to remove the rear cover on the wing as that rear wheel is too heavy to man handle about, but for other bikes, the inspection hole would make it a lot easier to change the rear wheel.

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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby themainviking » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:34 pm

They sell attachments to add to jacks in order to lift wings, so it must be pretty simple to modify those same lifts at home, rather than shelling out an additional $40 or so. It also must mean that lifts are not specifically designed for the wing. Thanks for the ideas on adding a piece of plywood, flyboy. Some rubber over those bolts would probably just about cover it for me. I have not introduced my lift to my wing as of yet, so had not actually seen what needed to be modified. My jack came from Costco, tho, so hopefully it will lift more than a Harbour Freight jack would.
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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby myYellowbird » Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:10 am

Taking my jack back for another this one will not lift used it about a month ago no problems. Pulled it out today tried pumping it up dose not work, thats the problem with Harbor Freight stuff to many defects. Will try one more if theres problem with i'll get my money back and purchase a better model some were else.
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Re: Jacking Wing with Harbor Freight Lift

Postby jwg1950 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:39 am

myYellowbird wrote:I am using a harbor freight motorcycle jack to lift a 1800 wing. Were is the best place to place the jack the bike. I put it on part of the center stand and part of the header pipes which is were i thing is center. Bike seems very unstable when i lift it. Just wondering if any other of you have these problems.
I used the jack one time and as soon as I jacked up the bike I had water coming from the underside.. I assume it was from the water bottle for the radiator. Maybe had the jack to close to the front. Also what is the silver looking foil under the bike? Mine is a 2002 GL1800




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