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Thumbs up For THe People Interested In The Harbor Freight Lift

For the people that have interest in the Harbor Freight Lift. I understand that there are several people that think the lift is too cheap and would not put their bike on one. As several have quoted you do not see them in the motorcycle shops. If I were a motorcycle dealer using it everyday I would not purchase one either.

Here is what I find works great.I moved the wheel stop forward 6 inches, which make a big improvement on the stability of the bike on the lift. Moving the bike ahead six inches put the center stand directly over the welded reinforcement brace under the platform and centered the bike on the platform. The bike sets solid on the platform with the center stand over the reinforcement brace. I moved the U bolts directly under the passenger foot pigs and cut two short nylon tie down straps feeding them through the space on the foot pigs mounting bracket and using two ratchet type tie downs one on each side to secure the bike. I do not even use these if I am just cleaning the bike. With these and the front wheel vice the bike will not move at all. To remove the front wheel release the front vice and ratchet the tie down straps a little more and it raises the front wheel up and with the center stand on the cross member the bike is solid. There seems to be very little effort in raising the bike with the hydraulics other than a few pumps. As soon as you rise if you like insert the safety rod and let the lift rest on it and there is no way the bike is going to come down. Again this is for the people interested in the Harbor Freight Lift. There is nothing wrong with this lift if used properly. I know one person said they knew someone that had a cylinder leak right away and they would never buy one. It has one year warranty and if you buy it at a Harbor Freight Store for $29.00 extra you can take it back in one year and exchange it for a new one.
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post #2 of 16 Old Nov 1st, 2006, 1:18 pm
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hard to get off?

Do you have a problem getting the bike off the Center stand? It would seem like there is no were to go forward with the bike in taking it off? jrlakin
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It looks like you pull it up to the wheel stop and then raise it on the center stand. this in turn pulls the front wheel back from the stop, giving you room to go forward when you get it off the stand.
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Do you have a problem getting the bike off the Center stand? It would seem like there is no were to go forward with the bike in taking it off? jrlakin
No I have no problem. If you notice in the picture there is a lot of room to go ahead before you hit the front stop. I roll it off the center stand and use reverse to back it down the ramp. There is nothing to running it on and off the lift.
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It looks like you pull it up to the wheel stop and then raise it on the center stand. this in turn pulls the front wheel back from the stop, giving you room to go forward when you get it off the stand.
This is correct. If you notice when I extended the front stop I did cut a 6 inch 2X4 and attached it under the stop. This is so if you rolled it off the center stand and the tire would hit the stop it could bent the wheel stop down and go off the end. This way it would have to jump over the wheel stop. Just a precaution.

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Totally different question. I noticed the picture of you bike on the lift. What modifications have you done to the rear tour pack?? I like it!! jrlakin
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Looks like a Corbin Smuggler. http://www.corbin.com/bmw/k1200lt_smug.shtml

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I purchased one of these a year ago, new still in the crate, from a shop service tech. I've had constant problems with the pump not working to raise the lift. Sometimes a combination of bleeding and priming (with the linkage disconnected to the actuator) works. Sometimes, not.

The "safety" bar bent into a "v" the first time it had a load put on it.

I'm going for a better lift next time.

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Different HarborFreight lift versions?

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I purchased one of these a year ago, new still in the crate, from a shop service tech. I've had constant problems with the pump not working to raise the lift. Sometimes a combination of bleeding and priming (with the linkage disconnected to the actuator) works. Sometimes, not.

The "safety" bar bent into a "v" the first time it had a load put on it.

I'm going for a better lift next time.

Mark
Some time ago (I really don't remember how long ago) I looked at Harbor Freight lifts, I dismissed it because the load rating was around 800 lbs. I realize that the lift now being discussed is rated at 1000lbs.
I am now considering buying one.

Mark, is it possible you have an earlier version of what Harbor Freight had available?
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Jerry , what is that contraption on the back of your LT( trunk area)? I also have the HF Lift and it works great! I'm going to use your idea regarding the wheel stop and peg tie downs. Thanks, Ron Ray
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Jerry , what is that contraption on the back of your LT( trunk area)? I also have the HF Lift and it works great! I'm going to use your idea regarding the wheel stop and peg tie downs. Thanks, Ron Ray
Ron,
The tour back on my bike is a Corbin Smuggler manufactured by Corbin. It is great if you ride solo. http://corbin.com/bmw/k12lt_index.shtml I really like the HF lift. I have had no problems with it. You will fine it is better to move the tire stop a head six inches. It centers the bike on the platform plus the center stand will be right on the brace under the platform.

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Thanks for an excellent write up with great pictures,
I've been "sitting on the fence" regarding this lift for a while.
Your write up pushed me "over" well that 15% off coupon helped
went and picked mine up at Harbor Freight last night,
put the wheels on this morning, nice product but then I've never seen a tool I didn't like.


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Jerry,
Do you power it up on the ramp or muscle it up?? looks pretty solid too me...

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Do you power it up on the ramp or muscle it up?? looks pretty solid too me...
I drive mind on the ramp. When backing it off I do use the reverse just to have better control down the ramp. The servo brakes take a lot of pressure when backing off the ramp before going a head.

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Some time ago (I really don't remember how long ago) I looked at Harbor Freight lifts, I dismissed it because the load rating was around 800 lbs. I realize that the lift now being discussed is rated at 1000lbs.
I am now considering buying one.

Mark, is it possible you have an earlier version of what Harbor Freight had available?
They have a 1200 pound model now.

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They have a 1200 pound model now.
Found here: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94813

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