Using a lift


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Steve F
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Using a lift

Postby Steve F » Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:27 pm



I have one of those Harbor Freight bike lifts, you know, not a drive-on type, but the smaller lift (like this: http://www.harborfreight.com/1500-lb...lift-2792.html )that you contact the frame with to lift or support a bike by the frame rails. I use this for my 750 Honda, and other things, but I would like to hear from others that use these lifts for the GL1800. I was cruising some forums, and saw a photo of a GL1800 sitting on the centerstand, with one of these lifts under the engine area, and the bike's whole front suspension was removed. I'm wondering if you need to remove all the cosmetic covers on the bottom of the bike before you can use this lift, and what is the lift making contact with under the bike? Do you need to make some kind of special blocks or anything like this? Is this stable enough to not worry about it slipping off or tipping?
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Re: Using a lift

Postby tfdeputydawg » Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:46 am

PitBull is a notable and excellant and safe jack to use. Quite expensive but, with good reason to be. IMHO, I would not trust my Wing on a $100 jack.

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Re: Using a lift

Postby Steve F » Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:51 am

I'm planning on using this jack just to support the front, while still on the center stand. My concern is that there are things under the bike that get in the way of making good frame contact with the lift pads. I don't want it to slip off.
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Re: Using a lift

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:38 am

I Steve F

I raise my GoldWing 2003 without no problem with a standard bike lift. I make small modif.

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Re: Using a lift

Postby flash2002 » Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:03 am

I got the same lift as flyboy, I just ad a few blocks and up she goes.

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Re: Using a lift

Postby dragon2000 » Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:57 am

FlyBoy2121 wrote:I Steve F

I raise my GoldWing 2003 without no problem with a standard bike lift. I make small modif.

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I have exactly the same lift as Flyboy and use it on both my Valkyrie & GW. When I use it on the GW I do put a couple of blocks so there is enough clearance.

In regards to strength/dependability, when I store my Valkyrie for the winter, it holds it up from November - April. A couple of times I have removed the front & rear wheel to change the tires.
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Re: Using a lift

Postby BigWinger » Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:54 pm

This photo gallery shows exactly where to position a lift under a GL1800: GL1800 on a bike lift

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Re: Using a lift

Postby Timma04 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:54 pm

I have a Crafstman ATV/motocycle lift that is working fine for me. Took me a little while to get it the first time as I wasn't sure where the center of the bike was. At first the bike seemed tippy but I did not have to remove any of the under trim to get it up. Make sure that you strap it up as soon as it's off the ground-NOT after it's fully raised......




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