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Motorcycle jack/stand advice?

I got my Craftsman Club sale flier and saw they have a 1500# motorcycle lift on sale. Does anyone have experience with these and are they worth the price of purchase? The only one I've seen in action was at a tech session (thanks to Grif & Lonewuff) seems like it would be handy for tire changes, shock replacement/rebuild etc.
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It will not work on the LT at all. The only type lift that you can use on the LT is a flat plate type that you roll the bike onto. There is no frame on the LT like on a cruiser, where there are two tube rails down the lower sides for the jack to lift on. The LT's frame is a big aluminum casting over the top of the engine/tranny. Nothing on the bottom.

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Re: Motorcycle jack/stand advice?

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I got my Craftsman Club sale flier and saw they have a 1500# motorcycle lift on sale. Does anyone have experience with these and are they worth the price of purchase? The only one I've seen in action was at a tech session (thanks to Grif & Lonewuff) seems like it would be handy for tire changes, shock replacement/rebuild etc.
As always I value the opinions of you more experienced wrenchers.
Benny.... the one they used on Jerry's bike will not work on the LT 'cause it has body parts that cover the frame. You will need one ti ride the bike up on to work with the LT.

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Re: Motorcycle jack/stand advice?

Thanks guys, I'll save my money. Was wondering about the risks of using the bottom of the engine as a load bearing surface.

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Thanks guys, I'll save my money. Was wondering about the risks of using the bottom of the engine as a load bearing surface.
The oil pan is cast aluminum, and not all that thick as it is not meant to be a load bearing member. It will hold the weight of the bike, but any shock loading could crack it. Also, the center of balance is near the rear of the oil pan, so the bike would not balance on it. Even if it did, that sure is a small surface to support such a load with a high center of gravity. Almost anything could cause it to topple.

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