The ground clearance of an 1800 for lifting.


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The ground clearance of an 1800 for lifting.

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I'm about to purchase a floor Jack to finally fix my valve-stem issue on the Wing. I've decided on the Harbor Freight "Pittsburgh" model, their Jack SKU number 63397.

I'm not too crazy about Harbor Freight, but it seems most affordable floor Jacks have a manufacturer origin in China or Timbuktu, anyway. It is likely that I will actually use the floor Jack once or twice each year.

The # 63397 Floor-Jack specs indicate the lowest level of the "footprint" of the Jack is three and five-eighths ( 3 x 5/8 ) with a maximum lift height of 17" or so. I'll never have the need to lift higher than one-half the capability, and I certainly intend on using straps in any event.

I'm wondering that this "lowest" level may still be too tall for sliding the Jack under the bike. Maybe I'll need to get a piece of wood or something similar under the (now very flat) rear wheel to accommodate that Jack. Not sure, and I haven't yet bought the Jack. Purchasing it this week, unless someone knows of a comparable or better one that is affordable. (Harbor Freight price, now, is about $185.00)

Anyone use this "Pittsburgh" model of Jack? Or, the clearance in inches of the bike? My Wing now on the side stand, and the rear tire flat as an East Texas pancake. (Tire did not break off the bead). Thank You. I love this website !


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I can't resist.

https://letmegooglethat.com/?q=GL1800+ground+clearance

66" wheelbase, figure down 3 inches in back for the flat.
That puts the midpoint at 3.75" So you are going to be close. It will be a struggle alone as it will be too low on the side stand, so you will have to hold it upright and slide the jack in with your foot or something? With help it will be easier.
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you do NOT need a jack, period.

Lay the bike over on its' right side. the crash bars prevent damage to all of the Plastics, including my Baker Wind Wings.

Use furniture pads, or as I do, a standard Wooden Pallet.

the pallet gives you the perfect clearance to get the wheels off the bike....

I just use it for the Rear wheel, for the front wheel, just put it up on the Center Stand, and use blocks of wood under the front of the engine to keep it from topping forward. the tire only needs to clear the ground about a 1/2 inch.

Easy Peasy.
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Rambozo wrote: Tue May 04, 2021 9:58 pm I can't resist.

https://letmegooglethat.com/?q=GL1800+ground+clearance

66" wheelbase, figure down 3 inches in back for the flat.
That puts the midpoint at 3.75" So you are going to be close. It will be a struggle alone as it will be too low on the side stand, so you will have to hold it upright and slide the jack in with your foot or something? With help it will be easier.
…. Thanks, Rambozo. And, the pic of that **** (i.e., the Cat) is great on YOUR profile.
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I have the harbor freight jack you are looking to buy. I do not think it will go under the bike with your flat tire w/o rolling your rear wheel up on to a 1x6 or possibly thicker.
I replied to your first post regarding the valve with a link to a valve you can install in a couple minutes from the outside of the rim. Very simple. If you have a rubber stem, cut it off at the rim, push the rubber left into the hole, push the new stem into the hole and tighten it with a wrench. Air it up. The rubber you push into the tire will rattle around until you take it in to have a proper stem installed. Unless you are inclined to break the bead and change the stem yourself.
This is what I did.
Good luck.
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I have used a number of different motorcycle jacks over the years. None of those would go under the bike with a flat rear tire. Several are even uncooperative when the bike is on the side stand and inflated tires. You very likely will need to roll the bike onto something else first. It rolls hard with flat tire(s). Based on your previous posts, you should get a helper if that's the plan.

I also expect the bike is not safely stabile on the sidestand right now. If you crawl under to change the valve stem, please have a helper just in case the bike wants to fall over.

I know it's been said before, it's also my recommendation that you just lay the bike down on the right side. I believe this is the safest way under your circumstances.

Is there a member close enough to help this young man get his rear wheel off?
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Re: The ground clearance of an 1800 for lifting.

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LK1LK1 wrote: Tue May 04, 2021 9:35 pm I'm about to purchase a floor Jack to finally fix my valve-stem issue on the Wing. I've decided on the Harbor Freight "Pittsburgh" model, their Jack SKU number 63397.

I'm not too crazy about Harbor Freight, but it seems most affordable floor Jacks have a manufacturer origin in China or Timbuktu, anyway. It is likely that I will actually use the floor Jack once or twice each year.

The # 63397 Floor-Jack specs indicate the lowest level of the "footprint" of the Jack is three and five-eighths ( 3 x 5/8 ) with a maximum lift height of 17" or so. I'll never have the need to lift higher than one-half the capability, and I certainly intend on using straps in any event.

I'm wondering that this "lowest" level may still be too tall for sliding the Jack under the bike. Maybe I'll need to get a piece of wood or something similar under the (now very flat) rear wheel to accommodate that Jack. Not sure, and I haven't yet bought the Jack. Purchasing it this week, unless someone knows of a comparable or better one that is affordable. (Harbor Freight price, now, is about $185.00)

Anyone use this "Pittsburgh" model of Jack? Or, the clearance in inches of the bike? My Wing now on the side stand, and the rear tire flat as an East Texas pancake. (Tire did not break off the bead). Thank You. I love this website !
I have a Pit Bull jack. It is 4.5 inches high at the saddle with the jack all the way down. It just touches the bottom of the left side of the bike when the bike is on the side stand with full inflated tires. I am pretty sure a height of 3-5/8" will fit just fine. If you experience difficulty getting it under the bike, roll one of the tires onto a 1" x 6" or a 2" x 6" board. You should be fine.

Rolling the bike over on to the right side is an option providing you have the room to the right of where you have it parked. In my case, I would have to roll my bike out into the driveway to get enough room.


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